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"Neil [Simon] was considered our greatest [living playwright] at the time [of their marriage]. Maybe he still is; I don't know. But anyway, he was hugely successful, and I just kind of got folded into that. And in some ways, he protected me, but in other ways, I wasn't fully able to step out, you know? He didn't want me to go away so much. The work that we did together was great, and I don't regret it, but what I am saying is that I didn't get an opportunity to explore some other areas that were offered to me early on. I took what I might call a U-turn." --Marsha Mason quoted in In Theater, March 20, 1998.
A racing aficionado, Mason finished second in her division in 1993 in her car of choice--a Mazda RX-7. Asked "What's the highest speed you ever clocked?", she replied: "Well, in one instance, not a regular race but a special race--where we were on more or less a straightaway in a real big souped-up Mustang--we were in excess of 200 mph. In a normal type of race, it was about 180 mph." --Marsha Mason to Daily News, March 17, 1996.
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