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Sally Hemings (Character)
from Jefferson in Paris (1995)

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Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000) (TV)
[first lines]
Sally Hemings: I was born a slave, but destined to scandal.

Thomas Jefferson: [as Jefferson stares at her intently] Why are you looking at me like that?
Thomas Jefferson: I find I enjoy looking at you, Sally. And I so love your touch. I find I need your touch, even when I am perfectly sound and cannot explain it.
Sally Hemings: [Stares back at him silently]
Thomas Jefferson: Sally... I think it proper that you go now.

Thomas Jefferson: Sally, if anyone should ask, Mr. Paine and I are going to admire the gardens.
Sally Hemings: [quoting from Paine's book, "Common Sense"] "Weak men cannot see, and prejudiced men will not see, and we have it in our power to begin the world again." Mr Paine, such wonderful, powerful words you wrote, sir.
Thomas Paine: Thank you, my dear.
Sally Hemings: [curtsies and walks away]
Thomas Paine: [to Jefferson] Extraordinary girl...
[stares at Sally]
Thomas Paine: Extraordinary!

Sally Hemings: [to Jefferson] You cannot come to my bed, then go to your white Congress and do nothing against the plague on my people!

Betty Hemings: I send you off to France with your brother so you could be free, and I now I find you back here, and with your belly as big as a house!
Sally Hemings: I made a choice, Mama. Like you did with Master Killicks.
Betty Hemings: [Angrily] I didn't have no "choice!"
[Roughly slaps her]
Betty Hemings: You're a damn FOOL, Sally!


"30 Rock: Fireworks (#1.18)" (2007)
Tracy Jordan: I think I am.
Maury Povich: Tracy, meet your father, Tom!
Tracy Jordan: No! I hate you, Thomas Jefferson! I don't know who I am anymore! You can't be my father!
Sally Hemings: Hey, Maury. He's a dog! He's a dog!
Maury Povich: Sally Hemmings just called you a dog, Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson: No matter, Maurice. I am here for you, Tracy Jordan. I rode a horse all the way from heaven to tell you something important. America, which I invented...
[the audience boos, and Jefferson makes a pixelated rude gesture to the audience]
Thomas Jefferson: ... which I invented, is a great country because we are not burdened by our pasts. Embrace who you are, Tracy Jordan. And may the force be with you always.

Maury Povich: All right, Tracy, l have the DNA results right here. Are you ready to find out who your biological father is?
Tracy Jordan: I think I am.
Maury Povich: Tracy... meet your father, Tom!
Tracy Jordan: [Jack enters dressed as Thomas Jefferson] No! l hate you, Thomas Jefferson! l don't know who l am anymore! You can't be my father!
Sally Hemings: Maury, he a dog! He a dog and a liar!
Maury Povich: Sally Hemings just called you a dog, Thomas Jefferson
Jack: [as Thomas Jefferson] No matter, Maurice. l'm here for you, Tracy Jordan. l rode a horse all the way from Heaven to tell you something important. America, which l invented...
Crowd: Booooooo!
Jack: [as Thomas Jefferson] - Which I invented, is a great country because we are not burdened by our pasts. Embrace who you are, Tracy Jordan. And may the Force be with you always.