On Dorothy Dandridge: "...You have to find a way to be sad on every day, in every scene, in every moment. And always try to hide the sadness. And (then) you`ll get the essence of who she was."
I`ll never get married again, and I always hate to say never to anything, but I will never marry again.
I was black growing up in an all-white neighborhood, so I felt like I just didn`t fit in. Like I wasn`t as good as everybody else, or as smart, or whatever.
I spent a lot of time with a crown on my head.
The worst thing a man can ever do is kiss me on the first date.
I don`t see a white woman. I see a black woman, even though my mother is white (her father Jerome is black). Knowing that has made my life easier, I think.
I never wanted to be a model. My modeling career was nothing but a stepping stone to my acting career and that`s all I ever saw it as. A pointless rock in the river that has to be stepped on in order to get to the meaningful oasis of acting.
When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser, then there`s no way you could be a good winner. And I hope to God I never see these people again. - on accepting her Razzie Award for Worst Actress
Blackness is a state of mind and I identify with the black community. Mainly, because I realized, early on, when I walk into a room, people see a black woman, they don`t see a white women. So out of that reason alone, I identify more with the black community.
(On receiving a film festival award while pregnant) I am three times the girl I used to be. This is the second red carpet where I didn`t have to think about sucking in my stomach - because I can`t!
What is my real purpose here? I`ve looked at what I do. I make believe and make movies. I entertain people and get paid for it. Sometimes it seems like such a shallow existence. How insignificant in the scheme of life.
This moment is so much bigger than me, This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll... It`s for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett Smith, Angela Bassett, Vivica A. Fox... and it`s for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance, because the door tonight has been opened. - During her Oscar acceptance speech.
Beauty? Let me tell you something - being thought of as `a beautiful woman` has spared me nothing in life. No heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult. Beauty is essentially meaningless and it is always transitory.
I guess you could say I have bad taste in men. But I no longer feel the need to be someone`s wife.
I want to be the next Spike Lee. I want to help other black folks to get into Hollywood and be successful in Hollywood.
On choosing both serious and popcorn-movie roles: "There`s art and there`s commerce. You have to find a way to mesh the two. It`s important to do the little movies just for the love of the art. But it`s those big movies that take you around the world and make you globally famous."