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[on Rita MacNeil]: I knew by the way she looked that producers were going to try to change Rita. They're going to demand she lose weight, forgetting what made Rita such a big hit. She's got a very sweet face. Rita is very sensitive about her weight and I was too. And she's sensitive about the media and I was too. If they can pick on your voice, they'll pick on your body.
During the 1960s she was arguably Canada's most popular celebrity, but critics at the time ridiculed her taste in music and fashion. More recently, however, she has been hailed as a trailblazer for female entertainers who wish to control their own image and career.