Walt Disney: "How would you like it if I named this after you?"
Mickey Rooney: "That's fine, but I gotta get a cheese sandwich down
-- Mickey Rooney, actor, recounting how Mickey Mouse got his name.
Rooney performed at Orange Coast College in May.
"I feel like the one thing you have to do when you do 'Much Ado' is
you have to have heels -- there's something about the language and
-- Nike Doukas, who played Beatrice, on the '30s style used in South
Coast Repertory's production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" in
"It was horrible. I bugged my mom for fiddle lessons."
-- Eileen Ivers, violinist famed for her role in "Riverdance," on her
parents' insistence that she learn Irish step-dancing. Ivers performed
with the Pacific Symphony Pops in December.
"It was a great place to write a novel about book burning, in the
-- Ray Bradbury, author, on completing "Fahreheit 451" in the basement
of UCLA's library. Bradbury lectured at the Newport Beach Public Library
"I've heard people say that with crime novels, there are people who
prefer to read detective crime novels before they go to a new city,
instead of reading travel books."
-- Pamela Briggs, director of "Women in Mystery," on the lessons to be
learned from reading crime fiction. Her documentary featuring Marcia
Muller, Sue Grafton and Sara Paretsky was screened at the Newport Beach
Central Library in March.
"Every theater I called, I had to say, 'I'm doing the Scottish Opera.'
-- Joel Berlin, costume designer, on the caution he had to use when
talking about the Verdi opera "MacBeth," which was performed by Opera
Pacific in January. In theater, "MacBeth" is considered to be a cursed
play, and it is bad luck to say its proper name.
"Producers, directors, designers and board members, they're all people
who have their own particular frame of reference, and for whatever
reason, they dream as they dream. And I realize that sometimes my face
may not be a part of their vision, so I have to work very, very hard in
what I do and in my commitment to what I do."