21 December 2010

she breaks my heart in a thousand different ways

Mike Wallace: When you mention people like Ethel Barrymore, Tallulah Bankhead, is it the fact that you're all performers? Is that what you have in common?

Billie Holiday: They're not performers, they're actresses, artists. I wouldn't put myself in the same room.

Mike Wallace: You wouldn't put yourself in the same room with them? You've worked as hard, you've thought as much about it. You've developed a style, a technique. Why not? Why don't you feel that you have the same quality, why are you not such an artiste as them?

Billie Holiday: Maybe I am in my little way. My god, they make me cry. They make me happy. I don't know if I've ever done that to people, really.

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