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Born: March 23, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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"I don't play roles everybody likes. I'd rather have a career I'm proud of. Like everyone else, I need to eat. But I'm a very unbusinesslike person, and I keep my price low. I'm not a mass product. I'm not everyone's cup of tea."

"I like taking a path into new country, and I always take the darker path. Not because its dark but because there's a secret there that you can share when you get out. That's what I liked as a kid. That's how I approach my work. With a face like mine, it's lucky I have a heart that likes that." --Amanda Plummer to The New York Times, April 26, 1996

"She came in to read in a torn man's shirt, torn jeans and hair hanging all around her face. Not improper grooming. No grooming, period. She was smoking furiously, and I kept wondring if she was going to set herself on fire. So I went over and pulled her hair back to see her marvelous bone structure, and it was like I raped her. Her eyes got frightened, and she withdrew. I said, 'But I can't see you acting,' and she completely changed.

"Ask her to be a character in a story and she's on fire. She walks on crumbling ground, and she knows it, and yet she keeps right on taking the next step. It's the danger you smell around people who live on the edge that makes them exciting. And she's got plenty of it." --Lamont Johnson (who directed her in her feature debut "Cattle Annie"), quoted in The New York Times, April 28, 1996

On Los Angeles: "I can't be totally happy in any place whose main preoccupation is death. Everybody in L.A. is so scared of dying. All that plastic surgery and the fear of smoking. It's so obsessive. And it's all about the fear of death. I'm not a city girl. I never was." --Plummer to Sam Whitehead in Time Out New York, October 1998.

About why she left New York: "In about 1988, the strangest thing happened. There were no more one-producer shows. You'd end up meeting 12 people who would shake your hand and hardly look at you--accountants. The love and the passion were gone." --Plummer quoted in London's Evening Standard, December 9, 1999.

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