Of course drugs were fun. And that's what's so stupid about anti-drug campaigns: they don't admit that. I can't say I feel particularly scarred or lessened by my experimentation with drugs. They've gotten a very bad name.

I am a person whose father had no religion but who went to the nuns for a couple of years. And I think I'm the same: On one hand, I pray; on the other hand, I don't believe. I am constantly between the two.

Before I went off to North Carolina, I was reading a lot of directors' books, among them my father's autobiography. Because there's a very good chapter about the technicalities of filmmaking in that book.

Going back to Ireland involves at least six to seven emotional breakdowns for me per day.

I do like the ocean wave, actually. I'm born under the sign of Cancer - the sign of the crab - so I like coastal areas and sunny beaches and such - although not the wide-open and deep seas.

I don't see myself ever retiring, unless it's for something that I like better, and so far I like directing a lot but I don't see the necessity to retire from anything unless there's a really great alternative.

I don't think it's necessarily healthy to go into relationships as a needy person. Better to go in with a full deck.

I had one nanny who made me sit in front of a bowl of porridge for three or four days running when I refused to eat it. I remember being very unhappy about that.

I have two new nephews and a new niece this year, so I have plenty of kids that I can spend time with.

I know certainly, when one job draws to a close, that I feel I'm simply never going to work again. No one will ever want me for anything ever again. I think that's a vulnerable moment in every actor's life, and it happens every time you finish a film.

I like it when you read a script and there's the part that you show to the other characters and then there's the part that only the audience knows.

I think all actors - they'll hate me for saying this - but we are babies. We like to be loved, and we'll do anything if we're loved.

I think most actors like to be liked.

I was actually in my mid-30s when I got the Oscar. And yeah, it does kind of spoil you in terms of the kind of stuff you look for.

I'm not all that big on rides. I sort of like bumper cars but I don't really go to Disneyland all that much unless if have nieces and nephews or people to take.

I'm not really big on slapstick humor. I like gentle humor.

I'm not sad that I haven't had any children, because there are a lot in my family. My brother's children in their early twenties are great.

I''m very fond of doing movies where men fight over me. I don''t get to do enough.

I've always thought with relationships, that it's more about what you bring to the table than what you're going to get from it. It's very nice if you sit down and the cake appears. But if you go to the table expecting cake, then it's not so good.

I've never been seasick. Carsick, but never seasick.

It was great to work in Ireland because it's such a beautiful country, but it's not particularly easy to film in because the weather changes all the time.

It's still possible to find pockets of old Dublin-but its becoming more and more rarified.

Lots of women are working in the industry, and they're doing more directing with more coming up. I think it's all pretty good.

My biggest ambition is never to be bored. I'm not aggressive enough to strongly run after being an actress.

Oh, all kinds of lunacy happens in Ireland, all kinds of lunacy.

Some people had fathers who were bankers or farmers, my father made films, that's how I saw it. As for the movie stars, they were just around, some of them were friends, others weren't, it was all just a part of my everyday life.

There's always that question of what do you do first thing in the morning-hair and makeup or do you go and set up the shot. You can't be at all places at all times. So you have to try and not hold yourself hostage and be methodical about the work and hope that the weather gods will smile.

When my mother died, I was 17 years old, and I literally got on a plane and flew to America, and didn't really come back. I have been back to Ireland in short spurts, just skimming the surface of my formative years.

Where there is age there is evolution, where there is life there is growth.

I've always had a love affair with horses and Ireland. I grew up in that romantic, musical land, and since much of my childhood was spent away from other children, I passed the days with my pony, Honeymoon. It really prolonged my childhood in ways that are now inaccessible to children raised in urban societies. I'd sing songs to my horse and talk to the fairies and feel completely free. It was a great release to ride into the beautiful fields with my horse and jump stone walls. There is nothing like an Irish Hunter horse. They are strong and muscular and intelligent, but they are even-tempered and rider-friendly. When you develop a unity with your horse, it's like establishing a nonjudgmental, implicit understanding that you don't often get with people. I live in California now, but I ride my eight horses every chance I get.

As long as I'm happy and healthy, work is going well and my beloveds are around me, I feel good.

He was a wonderful, wonderful person, one of the greats. It's an absolute heartbreaking loss.[about Raul Julia(Gomez Addams) after his death in October, 1994]

It's like getting a great haircut. His clothes might look like a whisper but they're so carefully thought out and constructed they can hide a myriad of ills. What he does is magic. [about Valentino]

I'm going to my ranch in Northern California to play with my animals. [Answers "What are you doing for fun this summer?", 1999]

Love and peace and happiness are good for the complexion.

Huston offered her assessment of Jack Nicholson: "Most actors are vain and egotistical, but Jack is very sensible, not easily swayed. He's at home with himself, and when you're with him, you feel as if you've come home. You feel he's family. Audiences feel this too. They feel he understands what they're feeling, and that's the essence of his power as a star. People who know him feel understood too. He has many, many friends and he wins their loyalty because he is so loyal. He takes care of his people." 

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