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ones that we met at luncheon was Shirley MacLaine, who was
a tough little chorus girl when she started. This day she
was very flimsily clad. I don't know what picture she was
making, but there wasn't much of Shirley that we didn't see.
Nat Cummings, acting very fatherly, said “Little girl, if
you go around dressed that way, you'll end up with double
pneumonia.” Shirley MacLaine fixed her baby blue eyes on
Mr. Cummings and said, “Mr., you're full of shit.” Cummings
almost fell over his plate. He said to me, “Do they always
talk that way?" I said, “It depends on what you say to
them.” Maybe this bit should be cut out of this “History”?
Oh, I don't know. Wait and see.
September, 1958 was the year that I was a judge of
the Miss America. I think that I've told you that story,
No. You haven't.
In February, 1958, one of my lectures was in Atlantic
City for the physicians and surgeons who had a convention
there. There were about 3,000 surgeons. It was a magnificent
group, all of the best surgeons. I was the speaker at the
big convention hall in Atlantic City. When I got there, the
chairman said, “We've got a guest of honor tonight. I hope
that you won't mind escorting her into the hall. It's
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