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    • Irna: I never had any formal religious training, although I considered myself a Jew. However, I knew something very important was missing in my life. Like many young people I wanted to believe in something. I don't know why, but for some reason I did not turn to Judaism. At this stage in my life I was still uncommunicative and did not express my feelings to anyone. I did learn, however, of Dr. Preston Bradley and the People's Church. Each Sunday morning Dr. Bradley held services in a theatre on Wilson Avenue which was only a few blocks from my home. Doctor Bradley's church was nondenominational; people of all creeds and races were welcome. Although I don't consider myself a religious person, I have never forgotten the underlying theme of Dr. Bradley's approach to religion - the brotherhood of man. I created The Guiding Light with this minister and his theme in mind.

    • Irna Phillips: (after killing off a beloved character on "Guiding Light" in 1958) We would be most unrealistic if we failed to recognize that as there is birth there is also death: as there is happiness there is also sorrow. We would be most unrealistic, lacking in integrity and honesty, if we did not fulfill what we believe is our obligation to you, the viewer.

    • Irna Phillips: Our day-by-day existence is a serial drama.

    • Irna Phillips: None of us is different, except in degree. None of us is a stranger to success and failure, life and death, the need to be loved, the struggle to communicate.

    • Irna Phillips: (on why she never married) Why would I want to get married? If I wanted to pick a fight, I can always call up one of the buffoons in Cincinnati!

    • Irna Phillips: (on her writing method) I really don't think I write - I act.

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