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“This will carry me twenty-five years.”

By October 10, 2010 No Comments

Grouch Marx (interviewed by Roger Ebert) tells of a visit to W.C. Fields’ house:

He invited me over to his house, he had his girlfriend there. I think her name was Carlotta Monti. Car-lot-ta MON-ti! That’s the kind of name a girl of Fields would have. He had a ladder leading up to his attic. Without exaggeration, there was fifty thousand dollars in liquor up there. Crated up like a wharf. I’m standing there and Fields is standing there, and nobody says anything. The silence is oppressive. Finally, he speaks: This will carry me twenty-five years.

Quote of the day.