Sunday, September 9, 2007

oscar levant, pianist, composer, writer, comedian, actor (1906-72)

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"it's not a pretty face, i grant you, but underneath its flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character."
--as adam in an american in paris (1951)

personal quotes:

"i knew doris day before she was a virgin."

"strip the phony tinsel off hollywood + you'll find the real tinsel underneath."

"i admire leornard bernstein, but not as much as he does."

"everyone in hollywood is gay, except gabby hayes, + that's because he is a transvestite."

"i'm going to memorize your name + throw my head away."

"the only difference between the democrats + the republicans is that the democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too."

"i'm a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy."

"roses are red, violets are blue, i am a schizophrenic, + so am i."

"so little time + so little to do ..."

[on milton berle joining the christian scientists] "our loss is their loss."

"now that marilyn monroe is kosher, arthur miller can eat her." [the remark that led to the cancellation of the oscar levant show, on a local l.a. station in 1958--levant made the comment shortly after the millers renewed their vows in a traditional jewish ceremony]

[on what he does for exercise] "i stumble, then fall into a coma."

"my psychiatrist once said to me, 'maybe life isn't for everyone.'"

"happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember."

"it's not what you are, but what you don't become that hurts."

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