What the public expects and what is healthy for an individual are two very different things.
The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it.
Marriage to Fernando offered shelter and security, but the shackle was the price I'd pay.
I never walked the streets of New York hoping to be a musical comedy star. For one thing, they would have thought I was too tall, because l was five feet eight and a half, and they were all little bitty things running around in the studio at that time.
I was 15, and the years of hard swimming had packed muscle on my frame and made me very strong. Not as strong as a football player, but strong enough to inflict heavy damage.
I remember when I first walked into Mayer's cavernous office. You had to walk 50 yards to get to him, and in that time he could really study everything about you.
Somehow I kept my head above water. I relied on the discipline, character, and strength that I had started to develop as that little girl in her first swimming pool.
Traveling to swimming meets took me beyond my small-town existence, gave me a hint of the exciting world outside of my own home.
It appeared as if I had invited the audience into the water with me, and it conveyed the sensation that being in there was absolutely delicious
Clark Gable was the first to have called me a mermaid.
There was a policy at Hughes against drinking at lunch, but the men ignored it
I took my daily swim at the Beverly Hills Hotel pool despite the presence of onlookers
Life magazine ran a page featuring me and three other girls that was clearly the precursor of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues
I was all in gold sequins for Million Dollar Mermaid, 50 feet in the air
I was the only swimmer in movies. Tarzan was long gone, and he couldn't have done them anyway; he could never have gotten into my bathing suit
I gave my eardrums to MGM. And it's true: I really did.
I ended up buying a restaurant. Already we had invested in a gas station and a metal products plant.
We can't all win Olympic medals. Even I never won one.
I took a job at the pool in order to earn the five cents a day it cost to swim. I counted wet towels. As a bonus, I was allowed to swim during lunchtime.
Three events. Three gold medals. I was news, big news, in the sports world.
When you're out of sight for as long as I was, there's a funny feeling of betrayal that comes over people when they see you again.
Howard Hughes himself was a regular at the restaurant, and in a way it became his headquarters, too. Howard had recently relocated to Las Vegas, so when he wanted to do business in Los Angeles, he went into the back of our restaurant to use the telephone.
Victor Mature was a big man; he had a great swagger. I liked him and I knew we'd be good together on screen.
I always felt that if I made a movie, it would be one movie; I didn't see how they could make 26 swimming movies.
I always took it for granted that there would be life after Hollywood.
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