Speaking at the Cambridge Union on one occasion, Lord Birkenhead was in the middle of one of his best speeches when he was faintly interrupted by a voice in the audience.
'Stand up, sir,' said Birkenhead, breaking off from his text, at which a small figure stood up. Silence descended. The figure looked about shame-facedly.
'Sit down, sir,' said Birkenhead after a brief pause, 'the insignificance of your appearance is sufficient to answer the impudence of your interruption.'
You can tell that he's the sort of show off shown up in a show down.
On Mae West's first film:
'She stole everything but the cameras.' — George Raft
When they say that she's the belle of the party what they don't say is that everyone there would like to give her a good shaking.
Bette Davis was sitting in a Hollywood restaurant one evening quietly fuming at the attention being given to a bright young starlet at a nearby table. When she, and her band of admirers got up to leave, every eye in the restaurant was focused on her and followed her to the door. However, just as she was sweeping out, Miss Davis said to one of her companions in a very loud voice:
'There goes the good time that's had by all.'
He's the sort of man who'd even boast that he was losing his mind if he thought it would attract attention.
While one of her guests was surrounded by men during her party, Dorothy Parker remarked acidly to another:
That woman can speak eighteen languages and she can't say "no" in one of them.'
Dr. Richard Busby, the famous seventeenth-century headmaster of Westminster school, personally guided Charles II round the school when he paid a visit on one occasion. Throughout the whole tour the King politely carried his hat, while Dr. Busby kept his firmly on his head. As His Majesty was leaving, the headmaster apologized that he had not removed his hat in the King's presence, but, as he explained:
'. . . it would not do for my boys to suppose that there existed in the world a greater man than Dr. Busby.'
The bikinis she takes on holiday have nothing to do with swimming. They're baiting suits pure and simple.