Being in public with May and the children was too heavy. I was irreversibly tuned in to everyone around us.
I had more clothes than I had closets, more cars than garage space, but no money.
The ultimate mystery is one’s own self.
I hadn’t been in Vegas 20 minutes when I got word that the bookmakers were offering three to one that Frank wouldn’t show for my wedding.
Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being, and how you get along with your fellow man.
My home has always been show business.
My mother was born in San Juan. So I’m Puerto Rican, Jewish, colored and married to a white woman. When I move into a neighborhood, people start running four ways at the same time.
Once I get outside my house in the morning, I’m on.
I had traveled 10 states and played over 50 cities by the time I was 4.
Marilyn and I were rumored to be an item. We were friends. Nothing more. Marilyn was one of the sweetest creatures that ever lived.
I wasn’t anything special as a father. But I loved them and they knew it.
The manic pursuit of success cost me everything I could love: my wife, my three children, some friends I would have liked to grow old with.