Compiled by London swaminathan

Date: 22 JULY 2018


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Post No. 5246


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More Vanity Anecdotes

PT Barnum craved free publicity. When he was near death the ‘Evening Sun’  of New York, asked the great show man’s publicity agent if Barnum would object to having his obituary published before he died. The agent said, ‘the old man will be delighted’.

Next day Barnum read four columns about his own death, and he loved it.

(Phineas Taylor Barnum was an American showman, politician, and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus-wikipedia)


Theodore Roosevelt, at the height of his prominence in American pubilc life, was once approached by a man on the street who tipped his hat and said,
‘Mr Brown, I believe?’
Roosevelt looked at the man and replied bluntly,

‘Sir, if you believe that, you will believe anything’.


Oscar Levant is said to have once asked George Gershwin,
Tell me George, if you had it to do all over, would you fall in love with yourself again?

(George Jacob Gershwin (/ˈɡɜːrʃ.wɪn/; September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist.[1][2] Gershwin’s compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928), as well as the contemporary opera Porgy and Bess (1935).- Wikipedia)

Gershwin observed Oscar Levant, was the happiest man on earth. He was in love with himself and did not have a rival on earth.

When Coolidge was governor of Massachusetts he was once host to A visiting English man of some prominence. The latter ostentatiously took a British coin from his pocket, saying,
‘My great great grandfather was made a Lord by the King whose picture you see on this shilling.’
Coolidge laconically produced a nickel.
‘My great great grandfather, he said, was made an angel by the(Red) Indian whose picture you see on this coin’.


An English newspaper once published the following bit of gossip

James Mc Neil whistler and Oscar Wilde were seen yesterday in Brighton , talking as usual about themselves.
Whistler sent the paragraph to Wilde with a note saying
‘I wish these reporters would be accurate. If you remember, Oscar, we were talking about me’.
Wilde sent him a telegram saying,
‘It is true, Jimmie, we were talking about you, but I was thinking of myself’


A little fable was formerly current about Theodore Roosevelt. The great man, after his death, was-supposed to-have ascended to heaven. There he bustled about made himself a nuisance by insisting that he be entrusted with some major responsibility. At last wearily the higher powers instructed St. Peter to authorise T.R. to organise and train a celestial choirs to replace the old one, which it was felt had gone to seed. T. R. continued to be a nuisance by the fierce persistence with which he pressed his requisitions.
I must-have 10000 sopranos, he told the bewildered and weary St. Peter And 10000 contraltos, and 10000 tenors
And hurry hurry everything is waiting on you.
Yes said Peter, how about the basses?
Roosevelt fixed him with a scornful glare.
I will sing bass! He bellowed.

Xxxx SUBHAM xxx