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On Barbra Streisand, for whom he has written frequently: "I think she's great, but over the years I've written 18 benefits for her and never made a dime. If I had to survive off what I've made from Barbra, I'd be living in a refrigerator carton. They'd be sending some of that 'Comic Relief' homeless money to me. It would literally be 'Comic Relief'." --Vilanch to Michael Logan in TV Guide, September 18, 1999.
About writing for the Academy Awards telecast: "A lot of actresses and actors . . . they can do several takes if they're working for Stanley Kubrick, but they don't know quite what it's like to come out on stage and be themselves. They have no stage character. So that's the challenge, to help them get one, even for a minute when they're out there, so that they entertain the audience.
"If they're used to playing an action hero all the time, and they've never been in front of the camera without a weapon, this is a real test to have them just come there and be themselves. That's why it's difficult." --Vilanch to Stuart Levine in Daily Variety, March 5, 2000.
Vilanch helped script the Academy Awards telecast hosted by David Lettterman: "I was standing in the wings with him and said, 'Well, are you having fun?' and he said, 'I feel like I'm in a hostage situation.'" --Vilanch in Daily Variety, March 5, 2000.
Responding to Donny Osmond's commenting "You look like a Muppet" on their first meeting: "Funny you should say that. Jim Henson had his fist up my ass not ten minutes ago." --From Time Out New York, April 27-May 4, 2000.
"I could direct Bruce's act. I AM Bruce's act. I just hope the house is big enough for him. But I don't think he should give up his day job. He's making a fortune." --Bette Midler to Joanne Kaufman in New York, May 15, 2000.
"I was always out. Years ago. I read a comment by Merle Miller that a fag is a homosexual gentleman who's just left the room. And I thought, If they're going to make fag jokes, they're going to have to make them to my face." --Vilanch in New York, May 15, 2000.
"There was no design to this. I gave up on finding fame a long time ago. But after not really chasing celebrity, the celebrity began happening by accident.
"I don't have a grand plan. But I'm doing pretty well without one. I like what I'm doing, and people seem to be impressed by what I have achieved." --Vilanch quoted in US Weekly, June 12, 2000.
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