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About the Book

Picture, if you will, E.B. White whistling, walking down a hospital hallway, stark naked except for his shoes and socks; Arthur Miller accepting an award in memory of a famous critic whose name he can't remember; Lucille Ball auditioning on her knees before David O. Selznick for the part of Scarlett O'Hara; Beverly Sills lamenting her absence at Aunt Hazel's funeral, saying, "If only you'd given me a few weeks' notice." "Pardon Me, But You're Eating My Doily!" is a hilarious compendium of embarrassing moments in the lives of the world's most celebrated figures.

What made Ronald Reagan turn beet red? (Hint: It wasn't the New Federalism.) To whom did Andre Previn serve his less-than-scrumptious specialty of hamster food and milk? What yacht-side swan dive stripped away Rudolph Nureyev's panache? And where in the world did Steve Allen leave that overripe persimmon? We have all had memorable moments we wish we could forget, and now Robert Morley, famed British actor, writer, and raconteur, has compiled these richly funny, archly amusing anecdotes from personalities such as Jimmy Carter, David Niven, Yehudi Menuhin, Herman Wouk, Mel Brooks, B. F. Skinner, Ann Landers, George Bush, and dozens more. Even those rare ones among us who claim never to have committed a faux pas will find themselves helplessly snickering at "Pardon Me, But You're Eating My Doily!"

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Dannie Abse 1
Brian Aldiss 4
Steve Allen 6
Edward Asner 8
Michael Aspel 9
Gene Autry 10
Joan Baez 12
Howard Baker 13
Lucille Ball 14
Michael Bartman 15
Kemp Battle 16
Orson Bean 19
Sally Bell 21
Leonard P. Belson 22
Tony Benn 23
Michael Bentine 25
Erma Bombeck 26
Victor Borge 27
Mel Brooks 28
Dr. Joyce Brothers 29
Art Buchwald 30
George Burns 31
Leo F. Buscaglia 32
George Bush 33
Jimmy Carter 34
Diane Cilento 35
Craig Claiborne 37
Dick Clark 38
Lord Clark 39
Tom Conti 40
Lady Diana Cooper 41
Norman P. Coxall 42
Lord Delfont 43
Joe DiMaggio 44
Jeane Dixon 45
William Douglas-Home 47
Margaret Drabble 48
Harold Evans 49
Serena Fass 50
Christina Foyle 51
Lady Antonia Fraser 52
John Gardner 53
Fred Graham 57
Irene Handl 58
Sir Nicholas Henderson 60
James Herriot 61
Olwyn Holden 63
Frankie Howerd 64
Rock Hudson 65
Glenda Jackson 66
Rona Jaffe 67
Barbara Kelly 68
Michael Korda 69
Cleo Laine 70
Joseph Laitin 71
Ann Landers 72
Prudence Leith 73
Robert Ludlum 74
Roger McGough 75
Sir Fitzroy MacLean 76
Magnus Magnusson 77
Walter Matthau 78
Yehudi Menuhin 79
Arthur Miller 82
Nigel Nicolson 85
David Niven 87
Michael Noakes 88
Rudolph Nureyev 90
Joyce Carol Oates 91
Tip O'Neill 92
Norman Vincent Peale 93
Gregory Peck 95
Frank Perdue 97
Norman Plastow 98
Andre Previn 99
Ronald Reagan 101
Mary Renault 102
Frank Reynolds 103
Sir Ralph Richardson 104
Diana Rigg 105
Gene Roddenberry 106
A. L. Rowse 107
Charles M. Schulz 109
Gaia Servadio 110
William Shatner 112
Sidney Sheldon 114
Beverly Sills 116
Neil Simon 117
Andrew Sinclair 118
B.F. Skinner 119
Sally Struthers 120
Terry-Thomas 121
Abigail Van Buren 122
Joseph Wambaugh 123
Dame Rebecca West 124
Mrs. R. Wheller 125
E. B. White 126
William Whitelaw 127
Herman Wouk 128


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PN6261 .M78 1983

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