MCLEAN, Va. (Top40 Charts/ USA TODAY PR) - USA TODAY turns 25 years young this September, and to continue the celebration, The Nation's Newspaper will look back at the Top 25 Celebrity Soundbites.
Most celebrities are not known for their intellectual prowess, but they have provided words that wowed us, from insight or sheer audacity. USA TODAY's staff has picked some stunning sound bites from stars over the past 25 years. Share your choices at https://www.Top25.USATODAY.com.
Every week for 25 weeks, USA TODAY will offer an exclusive color page of Top 25 anniversary memories - 25 lists over 25 weeks designed to spark conversation and debates. The Top 25 conversation continues today with the Top 25 Celebrity Soundbites. Here are the top 10:
1. Princess Diana
"There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."
Princess Diana, in a 1995 BBC interview, on her marriage to Prince
Charles. The third wheel, Camilla Parker Bowles, became Charles' wife
"I'm tough. I'm ambitious. And I know exactly what I want. If that
makes me a bitch, OK."
Madonna in People, July 27, 1992. It was a big year for her, with the
movie A League of Their Own, her Sex book and her Erotica album.
3. Michael Jackson
"Why can't you share your bed? The most loving thing to do is to share
your bed with someone."
Michael Jackson, defending his practice of letting boys share his bed
in a Feb. 3, 2003, interview with BBC/Granada's Martin Bashir. The
interview led to molestation charges; Jackson was acquitted in June
4. Johnny Carson
"I can only tell you that it has been an honor and a privilege to come
into your homes all these years and entertain you ... I bid you a very
Johnny Carson, saying his final goodbye on The Tonight Show, May 22,
1992. The late-night legend died in January 2005.
5. Nicole Kidman
"Well, I can wear heels now."
Nicole Kidman to David Letterman on Aug. 2, 2001, after her split from
6. Hugh Grant
"In the end, you have to come clean and say, I did something
dishonorable, shabby and goatish."
Hugh Grant to Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, July 10, 1995, explaining
his June arrest for lewd behavior with a Los Angeles prostitute.
7. Roseanne Barr
"This town is a back-stabbing, scum-sucking, small-minded town, but
thanks for the money."
Roseanne Barr, in an ad she took out in The Hollywood Reporter for the
magazine's 60th anniversary in October 1990.
8. Ellen DeGeneres
"I never wanted to be the lesbian actress. I never wanted to be the
spokesperson for the gay community. Ever. I did it for my own truth."
Ellen DeGeneres in Time magazine, April 14, 1997, just before her
Ellen sitcom character came out as gay, too.
9. Halle Berry
"This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy
Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It's for the women that stand
beside me. And it's for every nameless, faceless woman of color that
now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened."
Halle Berry, at the 2002 Oscars, in her best-actress acceptance for
Monster's Ball. She's the first black woman to win the category.
10. Woody Allen
"The heart wants what it wants. There's no logic to those things. You
meet someone and you fall in love and that's that."
Woody Allen in Time in 1992, about his relationship with Soon-Yi
Previn, the daughter of former girlfriend Mia Farrow.
Find the full list in today's editions of USA TODAY and on https://www.Top25.USATODAY.com. A new Top 25 list will run every week through September 10th.
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