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May 16 Notable Births, with Quotes

Published by: Carolyn Brooks Fleming on May 15, 2022.

Explore memorable and revealing quotes from public figures, past and present, who were born on May 16.

Janet Jackson, singer and dancer (May 16, 1966–present)

“Two things relax me, the ocean and driving.” —Janet Jackson
Givhan, Robin. “Janet Jackson Is Still in Control.” Allure, February 2022, https://www.allure.com/story/janet-jackson-cover-interview-february-2022.

“We would always write music growing up. We had a studio at my parents’ house; it’s still there actually. So any time of day or night, if you couldn’t sleep or had an idea before school, after school, you could go in the studio and put it down, your idea, musically.” —Janet Jackson
Givhan, Robin. “Janet Jackson Is Still in Control.” Allure, February 2022, https://www.allure.com/story/janet-jackson-cover-interview-february-2022.

Olga Korbut, gymnast (May 16, 1955–present)

“I take personal pride in making gymnastics one of the most watched sports in the Olympics. It’s been 40 years since my performances in Munich, and fans of gymnastics have never forgotten those routines.” —Olga Korbut
Miller, Shannon. “My Interview with Olga Korbut.” Shannon Miller, https://www.shannonmiller.com/road-to-london-2012/my-interview-with-olga-korbut.

“Practice, eat correctly, and don’t compete for medals. Train and have discipline and perform from your heart.” —Olga Korbut
Miller, Shannon. “My Interview with Olga Korbut.” Shannon Miller, https://www.shannonmiller.com/road-to-london-2012/my-interview-with-olga-korbut.

Pierce Brosnan, actor (May 16, 1953–present)

“We are a close family and this time of covid has nourished and nurtured a bond between us all that probably would not have existed without the lockdown.” —Pierce Brosnan
Godfrey, Chris. “‘I don’t let regret in’: Pierce Brosnan on love, loss and his life after Bond.” The Guardian, July 1, 2020, https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/jul/01/i-dont-let-regret-in-pierce-brosnan-on-love-loss-and-his-life-after-bond.

“My father took off for the hills and, for my mother, it was a very difficult time in the 50s to be a single parent. So, in many respects, I created my own self.” —Pierce Brosnan
Godfrey, Chris. “‘I don’t let regret in’: Pierce Brosnan on love, loss and his life after Bond.” The Guardian, July 1, 2020, https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/jul/01/i-dont-let-regret-in-pierce-brosnan-on-love-loss-and-his-life-after-bond.

Christian Lacroix, designer May 16, 1951–present)

“My very first wish was to be a stage designer. That’s why I was totally suited to the ’80s, which was so theatrical.” —Christian Lacroix
Lacroix, Christian. “Daniel Roseberry and Christian Lacroix Discuss the State of Couture.” Interview, April 11, 2022, https://www.interviewmagazine.com/fashion/daniel-roseberry-and-christian-lacroix-discuss-the-state-of-couture.

“I work with young people much more than people from my generation, and they’re all so fascinated and thrilled with the ’80s and ’90s. When I was a teenager in the ’60s and ’70s, I wore everything from the flea market—from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s. Evolving that way is an oedipal thing. We all have a special feeling for whatever our mom’s generation was wearing.” —Christian Lacroix
Lacroix, Christian. “Daniel Roseberry and Christian Lacroix Discuss the State of Couture.” Interview, April 11, 2022, https://www.interviewmagazine.com/fashion/daniel-roseberry-and-christian-lacroix-discuss-the-state-of-couture.

Henry Fonda, actor (May 16, 1905–August 12, 1982)

“I'm Jane Fonda's father. I guess it's safe to say I'm a proud father. Fact is, I'm in total awe of her. She's not only one of the finest actresses working today, on top of all this Jane is a political activist of the highest ideals and the courage of her convictions.” —Henry Fonda
Fonda, Henry. “Jane Fonda interviewed by Henry Fonday (1979).” Diva, 1979, https://diva.sfsu.edu/collections/sfbatv/bundles/238188.

“When you’ve done a play as long as I did ‘Mister Roberts,’ and I did it for four years—16, 17,000 performances—you become a purist about that play. I wasn’t the only one. Everybody that was involved with that play, we hated the picture because it took liberties.” —Henry Fonda
Cavett, Dick. “Henry Fonda Picks His Favourite Henry Fonda Movies.” The Dick Cavett Show, October 22, 2021, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew6QmFwZW4g&t=427s.

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