Great Hollywood Wit: A Glorious Cavalcade of Hollywood Wisecracks, Zingers, Japes, Quips, Slings, Jests, Snappers, & Sass from the Stars

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Great Hollywood Wit rollicks with hilarious movie lines and backstage zingers -- smart tart and (in Sir John Gielgud's case) wicked: "Ingrid Bergman speaks five languages and can't act in any of them." Julia Roberts. fashion buff: "I only put clothes on so that I'm not naked when I go out shopping." Retiring Burt Reynolds: "You can only hold your stomach in for so many years." Great Hollywood Wit is an unequaled cavalcade of hilarity and a wonderful one-of-a-kind gift.
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Great Hollywood Wit rollicks with hilarious movie lines and backstage zingers -- smart tart and (in Sir John Gielgud's case) wicked: "Ingrid Bergman speaks five languages and can't act in any of them." Julia Roberts. fashion buff: "I only put clothes on so that I'm not naked when I go out shopping." Retiring Burt Reynolds: "You can only hold your stomach in for so many years." Great Hollywood Wit is an unequaled cavalcade of hilarity and a wonderful one-of-a-kind gift.
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Publishers Weekly
Shalit, the longtime Today Show film critic with the unmistakable moustache, here serves up a goulash of Tinseltown's best witticisms. Many are familiar, like Groucho Marx's "I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception," or Mae West's "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful." Others are less celebrated but still amusing, such as Woody Allen's "I do not believe in an afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear." Especially dishy are Shalit's tales about old-school Hollywood power brokers, including Jack Warner and Sam Goldwyn, who had a Yogi Berra-esque way with words. Shalit divides the book loosely by theme-e.g., the chapter entitled "Shooting Stars" shares quotes from celebrities about other celebrities, and in "Booray For Hollywood," the stars share their thoughts on Tinseltown. Readers may not find belly laughs in here, but with such a storehouse of famous quips, it's hard for Shalit to miss. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312282738
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/22/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene Shalit is one of America's most popular movie critics and anthologists of humor. It would be difficult to find another personality who has appeared on the same daily network TV show for thirty straight years, which is Shalit's still-continuing record on NBC's Today. He lives in Western Massachusetts with Fellini D. Katt, named to resonate with feline, film, and Shalit's friend and hero, the late Italian director.

Shalit prefers pasta to popcorn but advocates eating neither at the movies.

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Table of Contents

We've Got to Start Someplace, Why Not Here? xiii
About the Title xvii
Shooting Stars (Mostly at Each Other) 1
Samuel Goldwyn, a King of Producers (The Lord of Apocrypha) 15
Groucho Lays Down the Law ... yers 26
Writers, Producers, & Directons Take On The Stars 33
Jack Warner (OH, Brother!) 41
What Really Happened at the Party? Actress Sets Record Stright [R] 44
Y'Don't Say-I 46
Mae West (The Era of Her Ways) 57
Hollywood's Life Is the Spice of VARIETY 63
Oscar Levant: More Than a Smattering of Wit, Music, Movies, and Pills 66
Y'Don't Say-II 72
George S. Kaufman (The Great Collaborator) 84
The Sweet Bye and Bye 87
Michael Curtig (A Director Beyond Words) 90
Booray for Hollywood 94
Harry Cohn (But Some There Were Who Liked Him) 99
S*X, Hollywood's Favorite 3-Letter Word 103
Men vs. Women vs. Men 111
"Oh, Wad Some Power the Giftie Gie Us/To See Oursels as/thers See Us!" 121
Y'Don't Say-III 128
Terms of Endearment 186
Woody Allen (The Nonpareil) 191
"I Do Wish You Would Decline Alcohol." "Okay. Drink, Drank, Drunk." 196
We Need One (at least) New Oscar Category 201
Bibliography 203
Can't Do It Alone 211
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