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Gerswin. I knew that you knew him, and I was wondering
Well, George Gershwin. I valued our friendship very
highly. As I think that I've told you anyhow, to me all
theater people are heroes. Just walking backstage still
gives me a thrill. Even the little chorus girl to me is
important because she is in the theater and I've always
You were pretty good friends with George and Ira Gershwin?
George and Ira were already famous when I met them.
I don't remember who introduced me. Probably it was Beatrice
Kaufman. I told you, it was through her that I met most of
the important people in the early part of my career. We
became very, very close friends. George and I went on
several winter vacations together. We went down to Havana
and we went on a cruise together. Another winter we went
to Florida together.
George was an enchanting man. He was unbelievably
conceited, but it was such an engaging conceit! Instead of
getting you angry, you'd sit back and laugh at him. He
would meet you on the street and he'd take it for granted that
anything that had to do with him was of vital interest to you
and everybody else. Once he greeted me with, “Would you
believe it, Bennett? I haven't been to the bathroom in four
days.” He couldn't understand why I burst out laughing.
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