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Martha Stewart: Merry Christmas
At a pivotal moment in Martha Stewart's trial (for insider trading in Imclone stock), Ann Armstrong, her assistant, burst into tears and sobbed on the stand while discussing a Christmas gift which Stewart had given her. Many believed that Armstrong was crying less about the gift itself than about her beloved boss's plight. The gift? "A lousy plum pudding," Dominick Dunne later reported, "which, when you come to think about it, was really not such a hot Christmas for a billionairess to give to her loyal assistant of several years."
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Albert Brooks: Babe Ruth Letter
"Above the desk in [Albert Brooks's] office, there hangs a framed letter. Few visitors ever notice it, but that is inconsequential. Crudely typed on smudged New York Yankees stationery, the letter is dated August 5, 1928, and is addressed to a Dr. Herbert Stevens, at Mount Sinai Hospital. It reads as follows: "Dear Dr. Stevens: "Last Sunday when I visited Tommy on the fourth floor, I promised him I would hit a home run. As you may have heard, I ground out four times that day. I understand that little Tommy has since passed on. In the future, I won't promise anything specific to the children. I'll just do what I can. "My best, Babe "Albert's secretary typed the letter ...
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Johnny Carson & Ed McMahon - first day on "The Tonight Show"
Ed McMahon once recalled his first day working with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show: "We were walking down, Studio 6B, and we were walking down the stairs, going down the first day—October 1st, 1962... I said, 'Johhny, let me ask you something, a little advice: how do you see my role down here, tonight?' And he said, 'Ed, I don't know how I see my own role. Let's just go down and entertain the hell out of them!' And boy, did he do that." ["If you see an early picture, there was a riser," McMahon once recalled of the set. "NBC didn't bother to carpet the front of the riser. You could see the hinges where they folded it ...
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Victoria Jackson: SNL Audition
Victoria Jackson once recalled her audition for Saturday Night Live: "I told my husband, 'I'm going to New York tomorrow to audition for SNL and they said bring your characters.' And I looked at him like bewildered, you know... When I grew up we didn't have a TV, and then I was in college and I didn't have one, and then I was trying to get on TV so I was always busy. So then I flew to New York. I brought my ukulele and my handstand; the handstand traveled with me. And I got on the plane and I thought, 'Now if they lose my ukulele, I have no audition,' because, you know, I don't have characters. And they ...
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John Patrick Shanley: Mother & Son
John Patrick Shanley had some issues with his mother. "My mother wasn't comfortable with me no matter what I did," he once remarked. "When I was a kid, she had these terrible headaches, and was always screaming, 'Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I've got a splitting headache!' And many years larer I said, 'Do you still get headaches?' And she said, 'What are you talking about? I don't get headaches.' I said, 'Wait a minute, when I was growing up you had headaches all the time. And she thought about it and went, 'Oh, yeah. That's true.' I said, 'When did they stop?' She said, 'When you left'... I remember I asked if she had seen 'Five Corners'—my first movie. And ...
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Introducing Will Rogers
In December, 1924, Will Rogers delivered a speech at a formal dinner at Columbia arranged by university president Nicholas Murray Butler. "President Butler paid me a compliment a while ago in mentioning my name in his introductory remarks, and he put me ahead of the Columbia graduates," Rogers remarked. "I am glad he did that, because I got the worst of it last week. The Prince of Wales last week, in speaking of the sights of America, mentioned the Woolworth Building, the subway, the slaughterhouse, Will Rogers and the Ford factory. He could at least put me ahead of the hogs."
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Suge Knight & Hollywood Homicide
Isiah Washington was asked about a rumor that Hollywood Homicide (2003) would have been a drama if rap impresario/thug Suge Knight had not threatened the director.Isiah: 'Something like that. A lot of people got nervous and it quickly became a comedy, but I don't know when you had four rappers die in the first fifteen seconds of the film... He came to the premiere and got more press than [any of the cast]... sat for 15 minutes to see if the film had a negative connotation of him, realized it was kind of funny, and left.'
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James Denton's wife on his plumbing expertise
James Denton, famed for his role as TV plumber Mike Delfino on "Desperate Housewives, was once asked about his actual plumbing expertise. "I'm okay," he said. "I've fixed all the toilets in our house." "Actually, yeah, you're great," his wife interjected. "Then we call someone to fix what you do!"
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Alan Turing joins "Captain Ridley's Shooting Party"
On September 1, 1939, Nazi troops invaded Poland. Three days later, Alan Turing reported to Bletchley Park, a Victorian Tudor-Gothic estate northwest of London where the British cipher service had secretly relocated. He and the other code-breakers arrived at Bletchley under the guise of 'Captain Ridley's Shooting Party'—which had some locals grumbling about able-bodied men not doing their bit in the war.
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Felicity Huffman on drinking at the Oscaras
"Bill [William H. Macy] and I bring flasks to all the awards. I have vodka and he has scotch."—Felicity Huffman, after 'passing the flask' around with other nominees (including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Saarsgard) in a waiting room at the 2006 Oscars