Singing and dancing since 1924, Doris Day—who celebrates her 93rd birthday on April 3—has had her fair share of life lessons, on and off-screen. Here, we revisit her thoughts on aging and those of fellow stars and cultural icons
"The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you'll grow out of it."
"We are who we're going to be when we're very old, and when we're very old we are who we were when we were eight."
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"I wouldn't want to be 20 now. I know so much more, and I'm much more comfortable in my skin, saggy as it is."
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"When you're young and beautiful, you're paranoid and miserable."
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"Old age is no place for sissies."
"I don't mind pointing out some of the failings of old age, because we are all headed in that direction, unless of course we take our own lives before we become a burden. I'm not advocating suicide—oh wait, I guess I am."
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"People think my life has been tough, but I think it has been a wonderful journey. The older you get, the more you realize it's not what happens, but how you deal with it."
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"At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don't care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven't been thinking of us at all."
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"I don't want to look old and worn, but what can you do? My real focus is being an actor. I care more about having the opportunity to play roles that I haven't played than I care if my neck looks like someone's bedroom curtains."
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"I'm not interested in being perfect when I'm older. I'm interested in having a narrative. It's the narrative that's really the most beautiful thing about women."
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"Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age."
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"One of the few advantages to not being beautiful is that one usually gets better-looking as one gets older. I am, in fact, at this very moment gaining my looks."
"I love the idea that I'm the oldest one in the room because I can get away with anything."
"I will never retire unless I have to. As long as I'm able to get up in the morning, get that makeup on and my high heels on, and even if I can't wear high heels, I'm going to do like Mae West, I'm going to sit in a wheelchair with my high heels on."
"The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age."
"You start out happy that you have no hips or boobs. All of a sudden you get them, and it feels sloppy. Then just when you start liking them, they start drooping."
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"Now is the time to become a myth."
"As I get older, I just prefer to knit. "
"I want to grow old without facelifts ... I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I've made. Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you'd never complete your life, would you? You'd never wholly know you."
"Listen, the best advice on aging is this: What's the alternative? The alternative, of course, is death. And that's a lot of shit to deal with. So I'm happy to deal with menopause. I'll take it."
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