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Title:
Great Hollywood wit : a glorious cavalcade of Hollywood wisecracks, zingers, japes, quips, slings, jests, snappers & sass from the stars
Author:
Shalit, Gene, 1936-
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xviii, 213 pages ; 20 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780312282721
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Great Hollywood Wit rollicks with hilarious movie lines and backstage zingers-smart, tart, and (in Sir John Gielgud's case) wicked: "Ingrid Bergman speaks five languages and can't act in any of them." Julia Roberts, fashion buff: "I only put clothes on so that I'm not naked when I go out shopping." Retiring Burt Reynolds: "You can only hold your stomach in for so many years."

Great Hollywood Wit is an unequaled cavalcade of hilarity that you'll laugh through again and again. A wonderful one-of-a-kind gift.


Author Notes

Gene Shalit is one of America's most popular movie critics and anthologists of humor. It would be difficult to find another personality who has appeared on the same daily network TV show for thirty straight years, which is Shalit's still-continuing record on NBC's Today. He lives in Western Massachusetts with Fellini D. Katt, named to resonate with feline, film, and Shalit's friend and hero, the late Italian director.

Shalit prefers pasta to popcorn but advocates eating neither at the movies.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Shalit, the longtime Today Show film critic with the unmistakable moustache, here serves up a goulash of Tinseltown's best witticisms. Many are familiar, like Groucho Marx's "I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception," or Mae West's "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful." Others are less celebrated but still amusing, such as Woody Allen's "I do not believe in an afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear." Especially dishy are Shalit's tales about old-school Hollywood power brokers, including Jack Warner and Sam Goldwyn, who had a Yogi Berra-esque way with words. Shalit divides the book loosely by theme-e.g., the chapter entitled "Shooting Stars" shares quotes from celebrities about other celebrities, and in "Booray For Hollywood," the stars share their thoughts on Tinseltown. Readers may not find belly laughs in here, but with such a storehouse of famous quips, it's hard for Shalit to miss. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved