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April 29 Notable Births, with Quotes

Published by: Carolyn Brooks Fleming on Apr 28, 2022.

Explore memorable and revealing quotes from public figures, past and present, who were born on April 29.

Michelle Pfeiffer, actor (April 29, 1958–present)

“Somebody threw a party for me, and it was just the worst evening. I have an eclectic group of friends, and they don’t necessarily gel, so I felt responsible—Why aren’t they talking? Are they not having a good time? I felt responsible, and I think that was the last party I ever had.” —Michelle Pfeiffer
Rathe, Adam. “Michelle Pfeiffer Is Playing the Long Game.” Town & Country, February 17, 2021, https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a35449203/michelle-pfeiffer-french-exit-interview-2021/.

“I rarely like my work. I only look at films once. It’s just too painful.” —Michelle Pfeiffer
Rathe, Adam. “Michelle Pfeiffer Is Playing the Long Game.” Town & Country, February 17, 2021, https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a35449203/michelle-pfeiffer-french-exit-interview-2021/.

Jerry Seinfeld, comedian and actor (April 29, 1954–present)

“I've been to movies, and I'll tell you, it's better to see them than make one.” —Jerry Seinfeld
Winfrey, Oprah. “Oprah Talks to Jerry Seinfeld.” Oprah.com, November 2007, https://www.oprah.com/omagazine/oprah-interviews-jerry-seinfeld/all.

“Being a good husband is like being a good stand-up comic—you need ten years before you can even call yourself a beginner.” —Jerry Seinfeld
Winfrey, Oprah. “Oprah Talks to Jerry Seinfeld.” Oprah.com, November 2007, https://www.oprah.com/omagazine/oprah-interviews-jerry-seinfeld/all.

Dale Earnhardt, stock car driver (April 29, 1951–February 18, 2001)

“Fortunately, I've done real well here at Daytona. It's been sort of like a home track to me.” —Dale Earnhardt
Kelly, Godwin. “Moments from Dale Earnhardt’s last interview with Godwin Kelly.” The Daytona Beach News-Journal, August 15, 2012, https://www.news-journalonline.com/story/news/2001/02/18/moments-from-dale-earnhardts-last-interview-with-godwin-kelly/30586321007/.

“Being a winner at Daytona, being successful at Daytona does push your status up in this sport. Then there have been some guys who've won just one race and it was Daytona. It's tough to understand it. It's a unique town and unique place.” —Dale Earnhardt
Kelly, Godwin. “Moments from Dale Earnhardt’s last interview with Godwin Kelly.” The Daytona Beach News-Journal, August 15, 2012, https://www.news-journalonline.com/story/news/2001/02/18/moments-from-dale-earnhardts-last-interview-with-godwin-kelly/30586321007/.

Willie Nelson, singer and musician (April 29, 1933–present)

“I didn’t ever think I’d get this old. I always thought I was lucky to make it past 21.” —Willie Nelson
Fischer, Jonathan L. “An Interview With Willie Nelson at 87: ‘I Didn’t Ever Think I’d Get This Old.’” Slate, December 22, 2020, https://slate.com/culture/2020/12/willie-nelson-interview-80-over-80.html.

“I would like to say that Charley Pride was a great friend of mine. I love him, still love him. I enjoyed playing music with him, hanging out with him. We had more fun than we were supposed to. I love Charley Pride.” —Willie Nelson
Fischer, Jonathan L. “An Interview With Willie Nelson at 87: ‘I Didn’t Ever Think I’d Get This Old.’” Slate, December 22, 2020, https://slate.com/culture/2020/12/willie-nelson-interview-80-over-80.html.

Hirohito, former emperor of Japan (April 29, 1901–January 7, 1989)

“As to my view of Americans, they seem to have very clear-cut views; they are always straightforward, pragmatic and realistic; I believe they are a people who are very easy to be friends with.” —Hirohito
Kurtenbach, Elaine. “In Only Exclusive Interview, Emperor Spoke of Concern for the Japanese People.” AP News, January 7, 1989, https://apnews.com/article/222cfb3f51a427a2ebf043f7742e5e09.

“Throughout history, the imperial family has always given first thought to the welfare of the people.” —Hirohito
Kurtenbach, Elaine. “In Only Exclusive Interview, Emperor Spoke of Concern for the Japanese People.” AP News, January 7, 1989, https://apnews.com/article/222cfb3f51a427a2ebf043f7742e5e09.

Duke Ellington, pianist and composer (April 29, 1899–May 24, 1974)

“The American Negro, very trustingly, have come along 100 years now, after the Emancipation Proclamation, and of course now their demands are becoming more strong, as it should be. Their blood has been given in every war, and they have contributed culturally.” —Duke Ellington
PBS. “Duke Ellington Interview: What is ‘American Music?’” PBS, March 11, 2020, https://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/duke-ellington-on-american-music/13775/.

“I never attempt to write symphonies, concertos, or that sort of thing. I much prefer to write parallels to some particular thing to be described.” —Duke Ellington
“Music USA #300-B, Interview with Duke Ellington, Part II.” UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772509/m1/#track/7.

William Randolph Hearst, newspaper publisher (April 29, 1863–August 14, 1951)

“Never have any connection or obligation that will prevent you from being absolutely free and unhampered in the conduct of your newspaper, in the advocacy of any policy or in the criticism of any political official.” —William Randolph Hearst
Hearst, William Randolph. “Letter from William Randolph Hearst to William Randolph Hearst, Jr. giving advice on newspaper circulation.” OAC, https://oac.cdlib.org/ark:/28722/bk0016t930k/?order=2&brand=oac4.

“Circulation is not made by friendship or favor. It is made by creating a good paper that people want to read, and insist on reading.” —William Randolph Hearst
Hearst, William Randolph. “Letter from William Randolph Hearst to William Randolph Hearst, Jr. giving advice on newspaper circulation.” OAC, https://oac.cdlib.org/ark:/28722/bk0016t930k/?order=2&brand=oac4.

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