A friend of mine described it this way: When they were born it was like a meteor landed in our house and blew everything apart. We had to just put all the pieces back.
I was a fighter and very determined. There was no way I was going to back out without winning.
It was not really a career choice that I had to make. It was something I knew right from the beginning. I had to be an actress... period.
I'm more proud of quitting smoking than of anything else I've done in my life, including winning an Oscar.
Competition is very good... as long as its healthy. It's what makes one strive to be better.