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April 28 Notable Births, with Quotes

Published by: Carolyn Brooks Fleming on Apr 27, 2022.

Explore memorable and revealing quotes from public figures, past and present, who were born on April 28.

Jessica Alba, actor and businessperson (April 28, 1981–present)

“I think I have a fearlessness I was born with, and I also have a work ethic that is pretty unparalleled. I used to take it for granted. There's no one that will outwork me.” —Jessica Alba
Petak, Tessa. “Jessica Alba Says Her Work Ethic is ‘Unparalleled.’” In Style, August 31, 2021, https://www.instyle.com/reviews-coverage/ladies-first-podcast-laura-brown/jessica-alba-work-ethic.

“I was always wildly insecure. I was insecure about being a woman. I had a lot of body shame. I wasn't comfortable with my femininity at all. I was so deeply uncomfortable with sexuality, and I played characters. Whenever I did interviews, I would play a character.” —Jessica Alba
Petak, Tessa. “Jessica Alba Says Her Work Ethic is ‘Unparalleled.’” In Style, August 31, 2021, https://www.instyle.com/reviews-coverage/ladies-first-podcast-laura-brown/jessica-alba-work-ethic.

Penelope Cruz, actor (April 28, 1974–present)

“People in every single country in the world have aspects of their history that they want and need to remember.” —Penelope Cruz
Seth, Radhika. “Penelope Cruz Talks Family, Imposter Syndrome, and Her Career-Best Turn in ‘Parallel Mothers.’” Vogue, February 7, 2022, https://www.vogue.com/article/penelope-cruz-parallel-mothers-interview.

“I don’t do long trips, and I try to work in my own city when I can, because I want to raise my kids myself.” —Penelope Cruz
Hedges, Frances. “Penelope Cruz: ‘I want to raise my kids myself.’” Harper’s Bazaar, January 30, 2022, https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture/culture-news/a38917281/penelope-cruz-parallel-mothers/.

Jay Leno, comedian and television host (April 28, 1950–present)

“Annoying my mother was one of my great pastimes. Mom was from Scotland, and Scottish people are reserved.” —Jay Leno
Winfrey, Oprah. “Oprah Talks to Jay Leno.” Oprah.com, February 2003, https://www.oprah.com/omagazine/oprah-interviews-jay-leno/2.

“When it got to the point that one night of comedy was more than a week's worth of day job money, I thought, Let me get myself some more nights of comedy and lose this regular job.” —Jay Leno
Winfrey, Oprah. “Oprah Talks to Jay Leno.” Oprah.com, February 2003, https://www.oprah.com/omagazine/oprah-interviews-jay-leno/2.

Harper Lee, novelist (April 28, 1926–February 19, 2016)

“I would like to be the chronicler of something that I think is going down the drain very swiftly, and that is small town, middle-class southern life.” —Harper Lee
“Harper Lee, In Her Own Words.” WNYC News, February 24, 2016, https://www.wnyc.org/story/harper-lee-her-own-words/.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” —Harper Lee
Lee, Harper. “To Kill a Mockingbird.” J.B. Lippincott & Co., July 11, 1960.

Lionel Barrymore, actor (April 28, 1878–November 15, 1954)

“Some legends about Barrymores are too rich to dismiss and had better stand without contradictions for the sake of gaiety.” —Lionel Barrymore
Meares, Hadley Hall. “The Book of Barrymore: Acting’s Royal Family, in Their Own Words.” Vanity Fair, February 11, 2022, https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2022/02/barrymore-family-books-memoirs.

James Monroe, former US president (April 28, 1758–July 4, 1831)

“Situated within the temperate zone, and extending through many degrees of latitude along the Atlantic, the United States enjoy all the varieties of climate, and every production incident to that portion of the globe. Penetrating internally to the Great Lakes and beyond the sources of the great rivers which communicate through our whole interior, no country was ever happier with respect to its domain.” —James Monroe
Monroe, James. “March 4, 1817: First Inaugural Address.” Miller Center, March 14, 1817, https://millercenter.org/the-presidency/presidential-speeches/march-4-1817-first-inaugural-address.

“We must support our rights or lose our character, and with it, perhaps, our liberties. A people who fail to do it can scarcely be said to hold a place among independent nations.” —James Monroe
Monroe, James. “March 4, 1817: First Inaugural Address.” Miller Center, March 14, 1817, https://millercenter.org/the-presidency/presidential-speeches/march-4-1817-first-inaugural-address.

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