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May 2 Notable Births, with Quotes

Published by: Carolyn Brooks Fleming on May 2, 2022.

Explore memorable and revealing quotes from public figures, past and present, who were born on May 2.

David Beckham, footballer (May 2, 1975–present)

“In terms of missing football, I don’t think that will ever go away. At 45, I’m still convinced I can play at the top of the game — which of course I couldn’t. But I’m still convinced I could.” —David Beckham
Roxborough, Scott. “MIPTV: David Beckham Talks Soccer, Disney+ and His No. 1 Career Moment.” The Hollywood Reporter, April 13, 2021, https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/david-beckham-miptv-disney-4165527/.

“My style? It’s from another planet.” —David Beckham
Jones, Dylan. “David Beckham: 'I’m proud of the fact that I’ve come so far, because I could easily have gone in the other direction.'” September 3, 2019, https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/men-of-the-year/article/david-beckham-interview-2019.

Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), actor and former pro wrestler (May 2, 1972–present)

“As for anything I would've done differently in 2021, sure, I would've listened to my gut when it was telling me to slow down a bit. Enjoy these moments even more with your family and friends.” —Dwayne Johnson
Melas, Chloe. “Dwayne Johnson reflects on his record-breaking year, becoming the tequila king and whether he'll run for the White House.” CNN, December 30, 2021, https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/29/entertainment/dwayne-the-rock-johnson-interview/index.html.

“Rawson Thurber did a tremendous job of writing and directing 'Red Notice' that attracted two of the biggest stars in the world, in Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, and a dude who's only famous for his tattoos, raised eyebrow and a fanny pack. But dumb jokes aside, it's a monumental achievement for our Seven Bucks Productions to produce the most watched Netflix film of all time.” —Dwayne Johnson
Melas, Chloe. “Dwayne Johnson reflects on his record-breaking year, becoming the tequila king and whether he'll run for the White House.” CNN, December 30, 2021, https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/29/entertainment/dwayne-the-rock-johnson-interview/index.html.

Donatella Versace, fashion designer and businesswoman (May 2, 1955–present)

“My greatest achievement is the fact that Versace is still relevant and loved. I am proud that, together with my team, we have made Versace part of today’s cultural conversation that speaks beyond fashion itself.” —Donatella Versace
Compain, Hugo. “Donatella Versace’s best fashion advice.” Vogue France, December 10, 2021, https://www.vogue.fr/fashion/article/exclusive-interview-with-donatella-versace.

“I think that the choice of what to wear always says something about who we are, therefore, there are no fixed rules. Just be yourself and you’ll know what your own, unique key pieces are.” —Donatella Versace
Compain, Hugo. “Donatella Versace’s best fashion advice.” Vogue France, December 10, 2021, https://www.vogue.fr/fashion/article/exclusive-interview-with-donatella-versace.

Benjamin Spock, author and pediatrician (May 2, 1903–March 15, 1998)

“Don’t be afraid to trust your own common sense. Bringing up your child won’t be a complicated job if you take it easy, trust your own instincts, and follow the directions that your doctor gives you.” —Benjamin Spock
Spock, M.D., Benjamin. “The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care.” Ishi Press International, 1946, p. 15.

“Every time you pick your baby up, even if you do it a little awkwardly at first, every time you change him, bathe him, feed him, smile at him, he’s getting a feeling that he belongs to you and that you belong to him. Nobody else in the world, no matter how skillful, can give that to him.” —Benjamin Spock
Spock, M.D., Benjamin. “The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care.” Ishi Press International, 1946, p. 15.

Hedda Hopper, gossip columnist and actor (May 2, 1885–February 1, 1966)

“As Wolfie’s wife I didn’t hover around the fringes of a world of celebrated people. I was pitchforked right in amongst ‘em.” —Hedda Hopper
Collins, Amy Fine. “The Powerful Rivalry of Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons.” Vanity Fair, April 1, 1997, https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/02/rivalry-hedda-hopper-louella-parsons-gossip-columnists.

“I clipped my letters so short that I sounded like an inbred British dowager mated to a Boston bull terrier…. It was that very affectation … that got me into all the phony society-female roles that I played on the screen.” —Hedda Hopper
Collins, Amy Fine. “The Powerful Rivalry of Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons.” Vanity Fair, April 1, 1997, https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/02/rivalry-hedda-hopper-louella-parsons-gossip-columnists.

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