...I'm thirteen years old, and I think I'm at the crossroads of my life. I've got to make good between now and the time I'm twenty, and I have only seven years to do it in. Besides, I'm the father of my family and I've got to earn all the money I can.
Mary Pickford (1893–1979), U.S. actor. Sunshine and Shadow, ch. 6 (1955).
Self-quoting a statement she made to the theatrical producer David Belasco in 1906 when he asked her why she had said that her "life depended on" seeing him. Her father had died when she was five, and she had two younger siblings. The entire family, including her mother, had been acting on the stage without much pecuniary return.