“I would like to have you realize, very early in life, that no one ever has more than a handful of trustworthy, genuine friends. The trick is to discover these people early, and to cling to them forever.[…]”
”[…]For a long time I suffered from another kind of fear: terror of being a failure. When I came to Metro, I was placed in school with Mickey Rooney, Deanna Durbin, and Freddie Bartholomew. Each of us was lucky enough to possess a gift of the gods, each of us was being groomed, taught, prepared for stardom. One year went by, two, three. Deanna went to Universal and was given her great break. Mickey was cast as Andy Hardy and scored an instant triumph. Freddie became a favorite. I was still taking a daily speech lesson, struggling with history and geography and math. I began to wonder whether I had the stuff of championship. Four years went by. Five. I was frantic. By that time I had seen others come into the studio, break their hearts in futile effort, and vanish. I was an adolescent youngster, but I endured all the agony of a business man who thinks his enterprise is going bankrupt. Then I was cast in an Andy Hardy picture, in which my old schoolmate was the star, and my career began to roll.
But suppose it hadn’t? That’s what I want to discuss with you, my Liza. I don’t want you ever to dislike yourself as a person, or to distrust your destiny. I want you to realize that you are important. Everyone is important. Although some of us understands what it is, I’m convinced that each of us has a mission in life. Your mission may be to marry, to have children, to live in a small town as an inconspicuous citizen. If that is the case, I want you to know with proud certainty that it is the best destiny possible for you. Each of us has his place, and each place is important. There must be audiences before there can be performers; there must be consumers before there can be producers; there must be those to worship, or there could not be a faith. Be a person, first: then find a way in which you can contribute, darling.[…]”
(Screenland, November, 1947)