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Jane Curtin - Love Letters
After CBS canceled Kate & Allie (in 1989), Jane Curtin embarked on an eight-performance run of A. R. Gurney's off-Broadway play Love Letters. While promoting the play, Curtin was asked about her own amatory epistles. "I'm not big on correspondence," she confessed. "I've never been good at it. I always found letter writing to be tedious. Besides," she added, "I didn't have that many boyfriends, and the ones I had used the phone!"
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"Before the 2001 NFL season began, in a survey of 70 celebrities who had nothing to do with football conducted by 'The Sporting News,' ['JAG' star Catherine Bell] correctly predicted that the New England Patriots would eventually beat the St. Louis Rams in the season-ending Super Bowl by the score of 20 to 17. This amazing prediction was made despite the fact that vast majority of 'football experts' didn't think the Patriots would even make the playoffs much less get to the Super Bowl. She's the only person to have ever correctly predicted the participants in, winner, and final score of a Super Bowl before a season begun in a published article in a major sports periodical or book." [Bell ...
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Willie Nelson & Ray Price
"A wise man, Ray Price, told me recently that there's one thing he's learned in life," Willie Nelson once remarked. "In fact, he called me on the phone to tell me this, and I said, 'What is it?' He said, 'Money makes women horny.'"
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Emily Procter: Confidence Booster
After buying a beautiful dress one day, "West Wing" star Emily Procter pranced around town showing it off to everyone she met. "How do you like my new dress?" she asked, her confidence growing with every compliment—until she showed her manager, who strongly advised her to take it back. Why? Somehow Emily had failed to notice that her brand new dress was completely translucent. Distraught, she promptly returned to the store, demanding to speak to the manager. "I feel completely humiliated," she exclaimed. "I've been walking around all day in this dress and I just found out it's completely see-through!" "Well, you can certainly return the dress," the manager replied, "as long as you realize that this 'dress'... is a ...
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Joan Rivers visits a video bar
In 1984, Private Eyes, a hip video bar featuring 36 screens showing film clips all night long, opened in Manhattan. Among the club's first guests and biggest fans was comedienne Joan Rivers. "When a Boy George video flashed on," People magazine reported, "Joan Rivers rushed onto the dance floor and began to boogie as if she never told a nasty about the Boy in her life. Joan enjoyed herself even more when she saw the computer that keeps track of the club's 6,000 or so video shorts. Under her own name she found a list of 120 clips, each with an identifying title given to it by the club. One in particular—'Farts, Dentists and Bo Derek'—really cracked her up. Ever ...
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Darren Aronofsky visits Cannes
After graduating from high school in 1987, Darren Aronofsky backpacked for a while around Europe before washing up in Cannes at the height of the world's most glamorous film festival. To his dismay, however, Aronofsky found that all of the city's hostels were full. Bent on seeing some celebrities, Aronofsky hatched a solution: "I slept under a bush."
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One day Duke Ellington visited Zion's Book Store and asked its owner (Sam Weller) for a copy of one of Kathryn Kay's books, declaring that he would sit right there and wait until he had found it. Weller later remarked that, because of the vast number of customers who entered his store to gather around the famous American musician, he had never before—or since—taken so long to find a single book!
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Itinerant Scoundrel
Before establishing himself as a writer, William Faulkner took many odd jobs—including a post as fourth-class postmaster at the University of Mississippi (salary: $1500 per year). After nearly three years, he found his official duties interfering with his literary work and wrote to the postmaster general: "As long as I live under the capitalistic system I expect to have my life influenced by the demands of moneyed people. But I will be damned if I propose to be at the heck and call of every itinerant scoundrel [or, as in some renderings, son of a bitch] who has two cents to invest in a postage stamp. This, sir, is my resignation." [According to other sources, Faulkner was forced to resign ...
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Henry Ward Beecher - Eating Crow?
In the middle of one of Henry Ward Beecher's most potent political speeches, a member of the crowd gave a perfect imitation of a cock crowing. While the audience roared with laughter, the speaker gave no sign of annoyance, but removed his watch and studied it while the noise died down. "That's odd," Beecher said at last. "My watch says it's ten o'clock, but there can't be any mistake. It must be morning, for the instincts of the lower animals are absolutely infallible."
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Gregor Piatigorsky - Difficult Pupil
Gregor Piatigorsky once had great difficulty with a certain pupil. No matter how many times he played a piece himself, the young man failed to replicate it. In fact, far from making progress, he seemed to be regressing. One day it dawned on Piatigorsky that he might be intimidating his student by performing the pieces too well himself. Sure enough, as he began to make deliberate mistakes, the student's performance began to improve. For several weeks Piatigorsky continued the ruse, even taking a perverse pleasure in playing as badly as he pleased, and eventually attended the young man's graduation. He performed brilliantly. As Piatigorsky made his way through the crowd of well-wishers to offer his congratulations, he was amused to ...