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“For 10 years I'd been doing improv, short pieces, skits, one-act plays—plays people still do today. I was working with the collective and keeping my hand at the tiller. I was lucky because I got into the movies through my theatrical work. Theater opened the doors for me. If I hadn't had that background, I would have joined the 50 million people knocking on doors in Hollywood trying to get in.”