Frankly, My Dear: Quips and Quotes from Hollywood

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It’s a collection of the funniest, most acerbic, most insulting lines ever uttered by the wits of the film industry—as well as by equally witty outsiders whose opinions of Hollywood are usually less than flattering. Clint Eastwood once described the movie capital succinctly: “If I lived there, I’d move.” But many quotations say less about Hollywood than about the people who happened to be passing through. For instance, a brief conversation between Clark Gable and Nobel-prize-winning novelist William Faulkner went...

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It’s a collection of the funniest, most acerbic, most insulting lines ever uttered by the wits of the film industry—as well as by equally witty outsiders whose opinions of Hollywood are usually less than flattering. Clint Eastwood once described the movie capital succinctly: “If I lived there, I’d move.” But many quotations say less about Hollywood than about the people who happened to be passing through. For instance, a brief conversation between Clark Gable and Nobel-prize-winning novelist William Faulkner went as follows: “Do you write, Mr. Faulkner?” “Yes, Mr. Gable. What do you do?” And Bette Davis, in one of her bitchier moments is known to have said: “I always admire Katharine Hepburn’s cheekbones. More than her films.” With sound bites overheard from the earliest Hollywood celebrities, and extending to Woody Allen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many others on today’s scene, Frankly, My Dear documents filmdom’s declarations of envy, greed, talent, pomposity—and most of all, humor. Or as George Burns once said, “The most important thing in acting is sincerity. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” Includes 12 pages of black-and-white photos from famous films that include Gone With the Wind, The Godfather, On the Waterfront, The Wizard of Oz, The Terminator, A Few Good Men, and others.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780764159572
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelley Klein has written both fiction and nonfiction, including two novels and a study of Victorian erotic literature.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Location, Location, Location 11
Sign Language 22
Hollywood Sign Sponsors 24
A Short Anecdote Concerning Gertrude Stein 25
The Human Zoo 26
Location, Location, Location 34
Some Discreet Changes to the Hollywood Sign 44
Party People 45
How To Act - Hollywood Style 49
Screenwriters 56
A Short Anecdote Concerning Herman J. Mankiewicz 67
Money, Money, Money 68
The Beautiful and the Damned 75
Dorothy in Tinseltown 79
Silence is Golden 82
A Short Anecdote Concerning Charlie Chaplin 84
Pillow Talk 85
A Short Anecdote Concerning Alexander Korda and Laurence Olivier 94
Producers and Directors 95
A Short Anecdote Concerning Jack Warner 102
Delusions of Grandeur 103
A Sarcastic Sign 108
Beauty and the Bitches 108
Equal Opportunities 117
Own Goals 129
The Hollywood Walk of Fame 133
A Short Anecdote Concerning Hollywood Gossip Columnist Louella Parsons 134
The Academy Awards 135
Prayers and Polling Booths 141
Death Inc. 145
Last Words - Some Famous Hollywood Gravestones 150
Some Important Dates in the Hollywood Calendar 153
Bibliography 159
Useful Websites 160
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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    the title is misleading

    I expected to see movie quotes but instead this book had quotes from actors, directors and other movie notables. I enjoyed them and it gave a little insight to different personalities in the entertainment industry but it wasn't quite what I expected. It still makes a good gift for a movie buff.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2009

    Wrong Title

    I agree that the title was misleading. I was expecting memorable quotes from movies, such as, "Mr. DeVille, I'm ready for my close-up", from Sunset Boulevard. But, I enjoyed it for was it was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    Shelly Klein out does herself in this book about quips and quotes of tinseltown .

    Enough said! If you are or know a movie buff.

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    Posted January 13, 2010

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