“[At 11, Fanning has been a professional actress for more than five years. She says that her mom first recognized her talent and took her out to Hollywood.] In Georgia where I'm from, I used to play around the house, pretending to be different things. My mom saw that and took me to this playhouse where you stage a play and you play at the end of the week? ... Then I got two commercials in two weeks, so I went to California for pilot season and we never looked back.”
“You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she'd want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”
“We proceeded to start a professional theatre but not really knowing how to do it. As my mom said, 'The reason it succeeded is because we didn't know that we didn't know how to run a theatre.' Raleigh didn't have a strong professional theatre where you could see high-quality revivals. [Audiences] ate it up. We grew from there.”