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Paul Farmer

Founder, Partners in Health

Paul Farmer: The most satisfying things that I've done -- I'd like to use first person plural -- that we've done, have been in service of other people. It shouldn't be a secret. A lot of people say things like that. You can do all kinds of different things. Think of other people you've interviewed, or will be interviewing. Clearly, their areas of achievement are from all over the map. But whether you're involved in basic science, or public health, or justice, it's really, focusing on other people is a very satisfying thing to do. I mean that's something that I would encourage anybody's children or grandchildren is, get involved in work that is of utility to other people. And it doesn't have to be your whole life, know what I mean? Say for example, you're running a successful business somewhere. I'm not saying, give up your successful business and go be a social worker in -- name the -- you know, Los Angeles or Lisutu or whatever. What I'm saying is, some part of everybody's life ought to be focused on this kind of work, 'cause it's satisfying. That's just, I think, good advice.
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Suzanne Farrell

Ballerina Extraordinaire

We were very much in love with each other in many ways. And I think that if it hadn't been that way we wouldn't have gone on to do the work that we did. We were both very professional. He could work with other people, and I could work with other people, but it was important in the whole scheme of things that we have this great love for each other. And it was devastating at times, but I tell you, I wouldn't trade it for the world. I wouldn't change any of my life. I'd live it all over again the same way.
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Sally Field

Two Oscars for Best Actress

My mother was under contract to Paramount. She was in the days when they had contract players. She was spotted in the Pasadena Playhouse because she was incredibly beautiful. And then she studied with Charles Laughton. She always had a great, deep love of the 'craft' of acting because she sat in a small classroom with Charles Laughton and watched him perform all the time. He was a phenomenal actor. So I grew up with her loving the classics, reading Chekhov and Shakespeare and loving the real art of what acting is -- and acting is story-telling. So we had this kind of secret language between the two of us -- from the time I was little -- of acting. And when I finally found an acting class -- and thank God they had them. I underline that. They don't have them now. But I went to public school in the San Fernando Valley in California and they had acting classes. And in junior high even, I found the stage for the first time, and she and I would work on things together. I would work on scenes, with my little Romeo and Juliet soliloquies and the improvisations I was supposed to bring in. So it was a real communication that she and I had together, and she always supported that love that I had of it.
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Sally Field

Two Oscars for Best Actress

Sally Field: My first performance on stage was some scenes from Romeo and Juliet when I was 13. And I was truly I must have been dreadful. I had no idea what I was doing, but it was so seminal, so incredibly important because -- I wanted to speak about it today but I left it out. I had this magical thing happen to me. I had no idea where I was going and I didn't know how it arrived, but I had this glorious out-of-body experience. I was on stage, saying words that I really didn't quite understand. I had no idea of what a technique was or anything, and I simply floated away. I didn't exist. There was no Sally -- little 13-year-old Sally -- on stage. There were hands and feet and a mouth, working and saying things, but they weren't mine. And it is this blissful glorious high that I had early on in my life, and it is what has taught me and guided me forever, because when I lost sight of what on God's green earth was I doing here, why was I doing this, why was I beating myself up, I remembered that moment. And my whole life has been trying to understand how to get back there, trying to own that gift, that ability that human beings have to float away to some creative place that is simply God-like.
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Sally Field

Two Oscars for Best Actress

Sally Field: I kind of lived in the drama department, very much lived in the drama department. And I was so lucky, again, that I had the drama department, but that I had these wonderful teachers. Mr. Culp was one of them, a remarkable fellow who was dedicated to the arts and theater arts, and taught us all about theater in high school. We performed scenes, and we also performed a term play. But I got so hungry and aggressive with it that sometimes he would call me to his office and tell me I had to be nicer to the other students because I just was hungry to do the roles. I just was hungry to work. And I would pick for my scenes the people who I thought, "Hmm, who will take this most seriously?" It was a terribly important time to me, because I went right from that "Who knew?"-- right from that into the big bad world. I really clung to this image of myself that I had created in high school of being strong enough to pull it off, when really I was just a little kid.
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