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The Book of Kisses
By William Cane
St. Martin's PressCopyright © 1993 William Cane
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HOW THEY KISS
What man hasn't wondered what it would be like to kiss Kim Basinger or Madonna? What woman hasn't wondered what it would be like to kiss Woody Allen or Kevin Costner? In the following quotes you'll find out just how these and other celebrities kiss.
He's a wonderful kisser.
KIM ALLEY, MODEL
I was terrified. I'd never kissed anybody on screen, and I came clean with her. I said, "I'm like kind of new at this." And she was really nice about it. In fact she was really nice the whole time. She taught me how to do the kissing, and then she joked, "If you slip me the tongue, I'll kill you."
MICHAEL MEYERS OF WAYNE'S WORLD; SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE COMEDIAN
Kissing him was just fine. We didn't practice. There was divine intervention and we just clicked.
MARY ELIZABETH MASTRANTONIO
He's a very good kisser ... Those kinds of scenes, you can't help but feel vulnerable.
MARY McDONNELL, ACTOR
Kissing Mickey is like kissing an ashtray.
When I read the part in the script where my character kisses Kim, I started screaming, "I get to kiss Kim Basinger? I get to kiss her? Of course I'll do it. I don't need to read the rest of the script!"
JON LOVITZ, ACTOR IN THE FILM MY STEPMOTHER IS AN ALIEN
Getting to kiss Kim Basinger wasn't too bad. And I didn't get the kiss right the first time, either. My mama didn't raise a fool. I wasn't going to get it right, come on! After take 20, or 25, I was saying, "Yeah, I'm starting to get the motivation now."
ROBERT WUHL, COMEDIAN (DISCUSSING KISSING ON THE SET OF BATMAN)
When. Lenny would greet you, he'd throw his arms around you and kiss you on the mouth. Some of us didn't want it — but that's the way he was. Even his excess was real. It wasn't something he added as an afterthought.
ROBERT SHAW, CONDUCTOR
I put my hand out to shake hands out of respect. He leaned over for a kiss ... He was sweet.
His kiss was wet.
Burton kissed with all the passion of a Roman statue and not just because he was usually stoned.
MICHAEL KILIAN, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
I taught him how to kiss, and he taught me how to take the punch in the movie — that was my first stunt.
PENELOPE ANN MILLER (DISCUSSING KISSING ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER IN KINDERGARTEN COP)
She's so nice, so good — and so sexy. The other day I hadn't seen her for quite a while, and she kissed me on the lips. Just a little kiss, but it was very, very knowing.
Orson Welles kissed me with his soul, never with his lips.
She kissed as thirstily as ever, cupping her man's head in both hands and seeming very nearly to drink from it.
Dustin was great, by the way, just great. And yes, I kissed him in Tootsie and he's a very good kisser.
Clark Gable I remember being a very nice "daddy." His mustache scratched when he kissed me.
CAMMIE KING CONLON, WHO PLAYED RHETT AND SCARLETT'S FOUR-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER IN GONE WITH THE WIND
I did the scene and it's just two words. But, let me tell you, when you can sit at a table and Paul Newman makes an entrance and kisses you on the naked shoulder, and then you look up in those eyes and say, very casually, "Hello, Governor," that's acting. For a woman, that is acting.
Telly has such a sensuality to him, that quiet brewing. He looks like he's thinking of you in bed. Damn, the director cut before we could kiss.
I had the pleasure of meeting him once. He actually kissed my hand. It was at a concert. He reached over the lady in front of me and said, "I don't know what you've been doing, baby, but keep up the good work."
DOLORES LANCASTER SCHMID, A FAN OF LIBERACE
I kissed Elvis every night from the second date on. He was a good kisser. But the nuns at my school told us we shouldn't allow boys to kiss us with their mouths open. So I'll just say Elvis gave me long kisses on prom night. You could say we made out. But he never tried to go farther. He wasn't like that.
REGIS WILSON VAUGHN, ELVIS'S DATE AT THE 1953 PROM AT L. C. HUMES HIGH SCHOOL IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
I kissed Raquel's ear, and her body jumped. Hmmmmm. I stuck my tongue in softly. Raquel started heating up, so did the scene ... We took another break [and Raquel] said, "Jim, if you don't mind, please don't stick your tongue in my ear ... It'll mess up my makeup."
JIM BROWN, FOOTBALL PLAYER TURNED MOVIE STAR
When Ali gave me this deep kiss [in Love Story] I knew she liked me. Then my friend saw the test and I said, "How about that kiss?" He said, "Hey, she kissed every guy like that." I was very disappointed.
An elegant gray paisley robe covered most of him, but I could see part of his chest. God, he was attractive! ... He reached over and kissed me gently. Then he put his arms around me, and the tenderness with which he surrounded me excited and moved me ... Our bodies joined together and I could not believe the joy I felt.
MAUREEN DONALDSON, AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER
Right before we shot that scene, Woody said to me, "I'm going to give you only one lip when we kiss. Because if I give you two, you'll never live through it." So I was laughing, because we were a little nervous. Those kisses were very sweet, as I recall.
He was so giving and considerate. Here it was my first scene in a movie, ever, and I have to lean over and kiss Marlon Brando. But he was so sweet, after a couple of days I felt like one of the gang ... Oh, he was so attractive. I was so glad I was married at the time — newly married, but married — because he had it all.
EVA MARIE SAINT
Pee-wee Herman (A. K. A. Paul Reubens)
He looks like he'd be fun to kiss. He's got nice lips.
PENELOPE ANN MILLER
Robert De Niro
He put his thumb in my mouth all the way, and then he pulled it all the way out. I'll tell you exactly what it felt like, emotionally — like someone walked up, penetrated you, and then walked away.
JULIETTE LEWIS (DISCUSSING HER KISSING SCENE WITH ROBERT DE NIRO IN CAPE FEAR)
The first time I met her on the set of The VIPs, I was pinching myself, she was so beautiful. She came up and kissed me and put a glass of champagne in my hand. It was about ten o'clock in the morning, and she looked as if twenty-five hairdressers had done her hair. She had on this beautiful nightdress. Big cleavage and all that. I deliberately looked at her eyes, for her not to think I was being rude.
GRAHAM JENKINS, YOUNGER BROTHER OF RICHARD BURTONCHAPTER 2
If you've kissed your first kiss already, you might be tempted to skip over this chapter. But don't do it! Remember, there's always the first kiss with — someone new ... and in the following quotes you may find exactly the kind of advice, encouragement, and humor that will help you accomplish your next first kiss.
I remember the first time we admitted that we loved each other. It was in our second year, on the upstairs gallery that formed the entrance foyer to the Institute's assembly hall. And we kissed behind the pillars.
BORIS YELTSIN, ON KISSING NAYA YELTSIN
We sat and kissed and kissed until our lips were bloody. I could have gone on kissing her for a year.
RYAN O'NEAL, ON HIS FIRST DATE WITH WIFE-TO-BE FARRAH FAWCETT
So sweet love seemed that April mom,
When first we kissed beside the thorn,
So strangely sweet, it was not strange
We thought that love could never change.
ROBERT BRIDGES (1844–1930)
She lifted her delicate, high-bred face, fearless love shining in every lineament, to his, and they exchanged their first kiss.
LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY, BETWEEN THE HILL AND THE VALLEY
I kissed my first girlfriend behind a Ben Franklin store.
DALE D. WARD, EXECUTIVE OF BEN FRANKLIN STORES
My first kiss can be summed up in one word: unsuccessful.
HUEY LEWIS, OF HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS
I think he [composer Joe Raposo] was the first man who kissed me on the cheek.
My dear Mary, You struck the right thing about those kisses. There is not much in them on paper, but they are all right when they are real, by Jove, I know, don't you? I should think you would.
ERROL FLYNN (IN A LOVE LETTER TO MARY WHITE, HIS FIRST GIRLFRIEND)
It was really funny the way it happened. We were sitting on opposite sides of the room for about six hours going, "Well, I think we could hug." And we'd meet in the middle of the room, hug and go back. Then we'd go, "Okay, well maybe now we should kiss." So then we'd kiss and run back.
ROSEANNE BARR, ON KISSING TOM ARNOLD
Rosey [Roseanne Barr] and I didn't even kiss until she decided her marriage was over. We had been falling in love all those years, but we denied it to ourselves and everyone else. We never acted on our feelings because we didn't want to lose each other over a stupid thing we would later regret.
Only he felt he could no more dissemble, And kissed her, mouth to mouth, all in a tremble.
LEIGH HUNT (1784–1859), STORY OF RIMINI
I was seventeen and the star of my high school play. I was supposed to kiss my leading man, but I couldn't stand the guy. I really didn't want to kiss him. All during rehearsals, I refused to kiss him. Then my drama teacher told me, "If you don't kiss him on opening night, you'll flunk drama class." So I kissed him, and that was my first kiss.
DONNA MILLS, WHO PLAYS ABBY EWING ON KNOTS LANDING
I was like twelve or something, when you first kiss a guy and you see the way the guy reacts, how they get really excited, or whatever. And I'm perceptive, so I think, "Ah, jeez, is that something that I'm able to do?"
I got into show business because I had never gotten kissed before and I wanted this boy to kiss me. I didn't know how you did it, and I wanted to do it right. The first rehearsal was such a failure that the teacher said, "That's okay, Polly, we'll do it later." It was pathetic.
POLLY DRAPER, WHO PLAYS ELLYN WARREN ON THIRTYSOMETHING
First time he kissed me, he but only kissed
The fingers of this hand wherewith I write;
And, ever since, it grew more clean and white.
ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING (1806–1861), SONNETS FROM THE PORTUGUESE, NUMBER 38
The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial in any love story. It changes the relationship of two people much more strongly than even the final surrender; because this kiss already has within it that surrender.
EMIL LUDWIG (1861–1948), OF LIFE AND LOVE
How delicious is the winning Of a kiss at Love's beginning.
THOMAS CAMPBELL (1777–1844), SONG
Miss Manners herself, while never rude, is given to pulling a fast punch in the way of a handshake on those who believe in kissing on, not even the first date, but the first sighting.
JUDITH MARTIN (MISS MANNERS)
When age chills the blood, when our pleasures are past —
For years fleet away with the wings of the dove —
The dearest remembrance will still be the last,
Our sweetest memorial the first kiss of love.
LORD BYRON (1788–1824), THE FIRST KISS OF LOVE
Platonic friendship is the interval between the introduction and the first kiss.
R. WOODS, ED., MODERN HANDBOOK OF HUMOR
My lips till then had only known
The kiss of mother and of sister,
But somehow, full upon her own
Sweet, rosy, darling mouth, — I kissed her.
E. C. STEDMAN (1833–1908), THE DOOR-STEP
I kissed my first woman and smoked my first cigarette on the same day. I have never had time for tobacco since.
ARTURO TOSCANINICHAPTER 3
Artfully crafted, the very definition of the word hiss can inspire kissing. Which is why we have turned mostly to poets and other writers for the definitions that follow.
The dictionary says that a kiss is "a salute made by touching with the lips pressed closely together and suddenly parting them." From this it is quite obvious that, although a dictionary may know something about words, it knows nothing about kissing.
HUGH MORRIS, THE ART OF KISSING (1936)
A kiss can be a comma, a question mark, or an exclamation point. That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know.
MISTINGUETTE (JEANNE MARIE BOURGEOIS, FRENCH ACTOR), THEATRE ARTS, December 1955
A kiss is strange. It's a living thing, a communication, a whole wild emotion expressed in a simple moist touch.
MICKEY SPILLANE, THE KILLING MAN
"Kiss" rhymes to "bliss" in fact as well as verse.
LORD BYRON (1788–1824), DON JUAN
A word invented by the poets as a rhyme for "bliss."
AMBROSE BIERCE (1842–1914), THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY
Something made of nothing, tasting very sweet,
A most delicious compound, with ingredients complete;
But if, as on occasion, the heart and mind are sour,
It has no great significance, and loses half its power.
MARY E. BUELL (FLOURISHED AROUND 1890), AMERICAN VERSE WRITER, THE KISS
Kisses are like grains of gold or silver found upon the ground, of no value themselves, but precious as showing that a mine is near.
GEORGE VILLIERS (1628–1687)
The anatomical juxtaposition of two orbicularis oris muscles in a state of contraction.
DR. HENRY GIBBONS, SR. (1808–1884)
What is a kiss? Why this, as some approve: The sure sweet cement, glue, and lime of love.
ROBERT HERRICK (1591–1674), HESPERIDES
What is a kiss? Alacke! at worst,
A single Dropp to quenche a Thirst,
Tho' oft it prooves, in happie Hour,
The first sweet Dropp of our long Showre.
CHARLES GODFREY LELAND (1824–1903), IN THE OLD TIME
'Tis a secret Told to the mouth instead of to the ear.
EDMOND ROSTAND (1868–1918), CYRANO DE BERGERAC
To a woman the first kiss is the end of the beginning; to a man it is the beginning of the end.
HELEN ROWLAND (1876–1950)
Unspoken promise of a soul's allegiance.
A thing of use to no one, but prized by two.
That which you cannot give without taking, and cannot take without giving.
A contraction of the mouth due to an enlargement of the heart.
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
A vigorous exchange of saliva.
CAPTAIN VAN VELSOR, PHYSICAL EDUCATOR, RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE
Lip service to love.
Kisses are like confidences — one follows the other.
DENIS DIDEROT (1713–1784)
A kiss is now attestedly a quite innocuous performance, with nothing very fearful about it one way or the other. It even has a pleasant side.
JAMES BRANCH CABELL, JURGEN (1919)
Traditional Hollywood-style greeting for friend and foe alike.
EUGENE E. BRUSSELL
Something that often leads to marriage because it leaves something to be desired.
ADAPTED FROM ROBERT FONTAINE
When soul meets soul on lovers' lips.
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY (1792–1822), PROMETHEUS UNBOUND
A kiss is like singing into someone's mouth.
DIANE ACKERMAN, A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SENSES
A pleasant reminder that two heads are better than one.
A kiss is a noun both common and proper, Not very singular; and agrees with both you and me.
MOVIE AND TV KISSES
According to a 1992 Gallup poll, Americans believe the sexiest movie kiss is the one between Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind. Next most memorable is the one between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity. Third is the one in Casablanca between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
While not all movie kisses are passionate, you might be surprised at how glamorous and knowing you'll appear to your date when you break off from a kiss and recite one or two lines from a movie. Also included here are quotes about movies and from directors for an inside look at how screen kisses are conceived and executed. Actors talk about kissing beginning here.
"I want you to faint. That's what you were meant for. None of the fools you've ever known have kissed you like this, have they?"
CLARK GABLE TO VIVIEN LEIGH IN GONE WITH THE WIND (MGM, 1939)
"Hey, listen, listen, give me a kiss?"
"Yeah, why not? Because we're just going to go home later, right? And there's going to be all that tension, you know, we never kissed before, and I'll never know when to make the right move or anything. So we'll kiss now and get it over with, and then we'll go eat. Okay? We'll digest our food better."
WOODY ALLEN AND DIANE KEATON IN ANNIE HALL (UNITED ARTISTS, 1977)
"I have so many kisses and so many hugs. I have a trillion jillion of them."
CHRISTINE LAHTI IN FUNNY ABOUT LOVE (PARAMOUNT, 1990)
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