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Photograph of Chauncey Depew. Credit: Wikipedia user G. V. Buck, Washington, DC (Public domain)
Photograph of Chauncey Depew. Credit: Wikipedia user G. V. Buck, Washington, DC (Public domain)
One evening late in his life, the charming former senator Chauncey Depew found himself seated at a dinner party beside a young woman in a very low-cut, off-the-shoulder dress.  Depew, peering at the woman's decolletage, leaned toward her. "My dear," he asked, "what is keeping that dress on you?" The woman's reply? "Only your age, Mr. Depew."
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Savoy Hotel, London
Frank Sinatra in 1957 (Public Domain)
Frank Sinatra in 1957 (Public Domain)
One day in 1980, musical comedian Elaine Stritch was surprised to spot Frank Sinatra checking into the hotel (London's Savoy Hotel) which she called home. Stritch picked up her dachshund, Bridget, followed Old Blue Eyes into the elevator, and showered him with compliments about his wonderful voice and rave reviews. Sinatra's response was unusual to say the least. "I didn't think he was listening, because he just stared straight ahead," Stritch later recalled. "We arrived at his floor. He was about to get out when he turned around..." Then, she recalled, he planted a kiss before walking off without saying a word. Stritch was stunned, and somewhat disappointed: Sinatra had kissed Bridget, her dog, "slap on the nose. God knows. ...
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Henry Clay. Credit: Julian Vannerson or Montgomery P. Simons (Public domain)
Henry Clay. Credit: Julian Vannerson or Montgomery P. Simons (Public domain)
Henry Clay once found himself speaking to a woman with whom he had a passing acquaintance. "You don't remember my name," she said. "Madam, I do not," Clay admitted with a gallant bow, "for when we last met, I was certain that your beauty and accomplishments would soon cause you to change it."
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Halle Berry on The Tonight Show
Halle Berry on The Tonight Show
Halle Berry got a $500,000 bonus for her much-ballyhooed, first-ever topless scene in Dominic Sena's Swordfish. And Jay Leno got an unscheduled sneak peek when Berry guested on The Tonight Show shortly before the film's release. Thanks to her plunging neckline, Berry revealed rather more to her host than she had planned. "My problem is, I've never sat down in this dress," said a blushing Berry as she attempted to cover herself. "I can't sit down in this dress." Leno's impromptu reply? "My problem is... I can't stand up!" [Halle also repeatedly fell out of her dress while running around laughing after learning she'd been 'Punk'd' by Ashton Kutcher at a film premiere in 2004. And during the production ...
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. Credit: James Abbott McNeill Whistler (Public domain)
. Credit: James Abbott McNeill Whistler (Public domain)
One day a female admirer told James Whistler that a certain landscape view rather reminded her of his work. "Yes, madam," he wryly replied, "Nature is creeping up."
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National Churchill Museum
Winston Churchill in 1941. Photo by Yousuf Karsh (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/>CC0</a>)
Winston Churchill in 1941. Photo by Yousuf Karsh (CC0)
In 1946, Winston Churchill traveled to Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, to deliver a speech and to be present at the dedication of a bust in his honor. After his speech, Churchill was approached by a rather attractive and well-endowed woman. "Mr. Churchill," she declared, "I traveled over a hundred miles this morning for the unveiling of your bust." "Madam, I assure you," he enthusiastically replied, "in that regard I would gladly return the favor!" [Westminster College—the site of Churchill's famous Iron Curtain speech—is now the home of America's National Churchill Museum.]
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Belushi on a 2008 stamp of Albania (Public Domain)
Belushi on a 2008 stamp of Albania (Public Domain)
One day during the production of The Blues Brothers, John Belushi visited the office of Chicago mayor Jane Byrne. When, some tome later, the press asked Belushi to comment on his visit, he obligingly released the following statement: "She's got terrific legs."
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David Brinkley c. 2016, author: Mipmay <a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>(CC BY-SA 3.0)</a>
David Brinkley c. 2016, author: Mipmay (CC BY-SA 3.0)
One day in 1987, ABC News anchor David Brinkley attended a bash honoring Barbara Walters' husband, Lorimar pictures chairman Merv Adelson. After his remarks, Brinkley opened the floor to questions. "The harder the better," he said. 62-year-old Johnny Carson, who attended the event with his stunning new wife, 36-year-old Alex Maas, was happy to oblige. "Do you think my fourth marriage is going to work?" he asked. "I've just met your wife for the first time tonight," Brinkley replied, "and if it doesn't work, all I can say is you're a damn fool!" [It worked wonderfully; Carson and Maas were married until Johnny's death in 2005.]
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At a Beach Boys concert one night in the spring of 1986, Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Steve Sax, an amateur drummer, was invited onstage to play. "I'm quite comfortable with drumsticks in my hand," Sax later quipped. "That's what my bat feels like when I face Dwight Gooden." Gooden, who had won the 1985 Cy Young Award and achieved the pitching Triple Crown—compiling a 24–4 record and a league-leading 1.53 ERA, 268 strikeouts, and 16 complete games—later helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series.
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Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, photo by Andrea Raffin <a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>(CC BY-SA 3.0)</a>
Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, photo by Andrea Raffin (CC BY-SA 3.0)
One day in 2014, Gwyneth Paltrow hosted a fundraiser at her home for President Barack Obama. When he arrived, she was so starstruck that she blurted out a contradiction. "You're so handsome," she said, "that I can't speak!"