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"Father: ‘Anything but journalism.' I rebelled." —Malcolm Gladwell
"Live man's life in woman's body!" —Diane von Furstenberg
"Met wife at her bachelorette party." —Eddie Matz
"The miserable childhood leads to royalties." —Frank McCourt
"I never checked my lottery ticket." —Casey Burra
"Shiny head. Hippie hair. Shiny head." —Wally Lamb
"Bipolar, no two ways about it." —Jason Owen
"So would you believe me anyway?" —James Frey
"Can't look at heart donor's picture." —Tonia Hall
"Healed with steel, then got real." —Dr. Mehmet Oz
"I still practice my Oscar speech." —Jennifer Labbienti
"I've done it all except hear." —Marlee Matlin
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