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AP Photo/Eric LeibowitzIn this photo released by Fox, Julianna Margulies stars as Elizabeth Canterbury in "Canterbury's Law."
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“I would go at it pretty hard with each of them, take after take, and between scenes both of them would talk to the baby: ‘We’re so sorry, don’t hate us. We’re just acting.”‘ ” Julianna Margulies, who stars on the new Fox drama “Canterbury’s Law,” on filming in-character shouting matches with co-stars Terry Kinney and Aidan Quinn while pregnant.

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“I was horribly awkward, tall and scrawny, with frizzy, crazy hair and terrible acne. But it didn’t matter even remotely on stage: There, no one’s looking at your skin. I just spent a little extra time making sure everything was covered up.” ” Elizabeth Mitchell, who portrays the enigmatic Dr. Juliet Burke on “Lost,” on how theater helped her weather an ugly-duckling adolescence.

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“Is it less art because a black person opened their mouth and said it? It’s just casting. It’s an American play. We’re Americans.” ” Anika Noni Rose, dismissing suggestions that the all-black cast of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” on Broadway is a gimmick or that Tennessee Williams’ play loses authenticity without a white cast. Rose stars alongside Terrence Howard and Phylicia Rashad in the production.

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“Patrick has a very limited amount of disease and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far. All of the reports stating the time frame of his prognosis and his physical side effects are absolutely untrue. We are considerably more optimistic.” ” Patrick Swayze’s physician Dr. George Fisher, commenting on the 55-year-old actor’s prognosis for battling pancreatic cancer.

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“He had the look and the type that people like, so he made pretty good money here.” ” Gordy Bryan, manager of Dick’s Cabaret, a male strip club in Phoenix, commenting on “American Idol” contestant David Hernandez, who once worked as a stripper there.

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“This election is about judgment. Yet tomorrow is perhaps one of the most important days of your life and you’ve chosen to spend the night before talking to me. Senator, as a host I’m delighted. As a citizen, I’m frightened.” ” Jon Stewart, teasing Hillary Clinton for appearing on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” before crucial primaries in Ohio and Texas.

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“It feels like we’re closer now than ever to having an openly gay contestant on the show. I’m not here to name any names, but I feel like there are some definite possibilities for this to happen this year. Do I think it’ll happen? I don’t know. I hope it does.” ” Jim Verraros, who came out after his run as a finalist on the first season of “American Idol,” on speculation that some of the current “Idol” contestants are gay.

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“He’s a great guy. Great guys make great friends. I just had to get over my ego, which was screaming, ‘This guy used to sleep with your woman,’ and I listened to the little voice inside that was whispering, ‘This guy loves and cares about your woman.’ Once I did that, it was a cakewalk.” ” Ashton Kutcher, telling Harper’s Bazaar magazine about accepting wife Demi Moore’s ex Bruce Willis as a friend.