Quotes of the Day for 17 August 2002 – Shmuel Gelbfisz
Shmuel Gelbfisz was born at Warsaw, Poland on this day in 1882. While living with relatives in England he adopted a less imposing name, Samuel Goldfish. He move to the US in 1899 and was a very successful glove salesman, but he ended up making movies - over seventy of them. Five years after his first picture he adopted the name we recognize: Samuel Goldwyn. Between his high energy and English being his second language, he said some wonderfully absurd things. Here's a sample.
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Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
Give me a couple of years, and I'll make that actress an overnight success.
I had a great idea this morning, but I didn't like it.
If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive!
If I want your opinion, I'll give it to you.
It's absolutely impossible, but it has possibilities.
It's more than magnificent - it's mediocre.
They stayed away in droves.
All from Samuel Goldwyn, 1882 - 1974
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