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Fame & Fortune: Cybill Shepherd

Bankrate: Do you think it's cyclical? Do you think it has anything to do with economics or politics of the country and where we are?

Cybill Shepherd: Well, they decided they wanted to focus on young males as opposed to the classic demographic. But yes, it could be cycles we go through as a society.

Bankrate: A lot of actresses become jaded in this business at a certain point; the first thing that goes is the way they take care of themselves. And then they're negative and talk how the industry sucks as opposed to saying well, OK, my canvas has shrunk, as long as I get to do what I want to do and just turn your brain around.

Cybill Shepherd: I've always believed it's OK to give up for two weeks. And then usually something will come along that will cheer me up -- little, tiny things. There was a little piece in the "New Yorker" magazine that someone sent to me about the screening "The Last Picture Show" and little things like that that somebody still remembers. I'm not one to quit. I'm going to keep doing this.

I did a one-woman show called "Curvy Widow" and it was 90 minutes on the stage and I performed for three months. It was a great premise, the play was iffy, but I went and did it anyway and proved something to myself.

I went to a new acting teacher; I had a new dialog coach and had to get into shape. I went and found out everything that was wrong with me and started to fix it. I figured if I could do seven shows a week of a 90-minute show with nothing but me on the stage, I can do anything. Now, I haven't stopped working since I did that.

The other thing, before "Moonlighting," I went and sang the National Anthem at the Sugar Bowl to 67,000 people and I got them to listen. I thought, if I can do that, I can do anything. Hell, life is good!

Bankrate: You say you have worked ever since you did that one-woman show, but do you believe in saving for that rainy day? You said after "Cybill," you didn't work for a while. Do you ever sit back and think about saving your pennies for that rainy day?

Cybill Shepherd: I've always tried to do that. And I'm fine. Katharine Hepburn said all you need is enough money to say no. Gandhi said to make sure your needs never exceed your means.

Photo courtesy of Retna, Ltd.

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