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“I just feel awful lucky that Jane and Peter did well. You know, when the children of an actor or actress who is successful grow up and decide they want to follow in father or mother’s footsteps, so often it is not successful for them, and it becomes heartbreak time. I’ve seen it happen so many times.
So when my children were growing up,I kept thinking…I don’t hope they won’t but I’m certainly not going to push them. And I’m going to level with them about what they’re facing if they decide to. Fortunately, when they did decide that they wanted to try this show business, I didn’t have to hold my breath very long because they both did well, practically from the start. So I’m only proud and feel lucky that they did. I don’t take any credit for it. I didn’t help them in one way or another. I didn’t open doors nor did I try to hold them back.
Lately, meaning the last ten years, when they’re both been successful, we are like contemporaries. We’re not like father and son and daughter. We sit and talk about our business, our craft, whatever you want to call it, like contemporaries. We have the same problems. It’s not a question of giving advice. Comparing notes…' Dad, I had such a problem in this time'… And I know what she meant. Peter’s got a problem with this, maybe, and we talk about it. But it’s not really giving advice. We’re just sharing experiences. And I really…It’s a wonderful feeling to feel a contemporary with your children rather than a generation apart.”