I was dying but suddenly had a second chance at living.
We need to appreciate how precious life is.
I waited with a beeper for a year and 10 months to get that gift.
I had to have a complete liver transplant.
I can't think of my life without Donna Reed. She has been such an enormous influence on my life.
I had to have a complete liver transplant. I waited with a beeper for a year and 10 months to get that gift.
I was not a Mouseketeer, but a lot of people think I was.
There is a bedrock decency to people in the Midwest. They are thoughtful and ready to help you if something needs to be done.
They had to match blood type and meet all sorts of things I don't know about.
I think the years on 'The Donna Reed Show,' the years from 14 to 19, were so incredibly important. Donna Reed was simply an extraordinary woman, a woman of great strength, kindness, integrity and compassion. I am not trying to make her sound like a saint, but she had the most profound influence on me. I carry her with me today.
This is the kind of situation that can tear people apart. It tears at the fabric of your soul and can certainly tear at your marriage and ours has gotten only stronger.
It's a terrifying thing to be perhaps 16 or 17 and feel like you are a failure and a has-been.
One can't change one's life experience, but even if I could, I wouldn't change it because of all the wonderful things that have happened to me.
I didn't have a dysfunctional childhood or young adulthood, but I was somebody who was very much raised to do what other people told me to do as a person.
The chances of a child coming through as I did... the world is too hard. On the other hand, I would always encourage children of mine if they wanted to be in school plays and dance and sing. But I wouldn't put them to work.