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Oscar Levant

Geburtstag: 27. Dezember 1906
Todesdatum: 14. August 1972

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Oscar Levant war ein US-amerikanischer Komponist, Konzertpianist, Arrangeur und Schauspieler.

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„My last picture for Warners was Romance on the High Seas. It was Doris Day's first picture; that was before she became a virgin.“

— Oscar Levant
The Memoirs of an Amnesiac (1965) http://books.google.com/books?&id=yWcIAQAAMAAJ&q=%22My+last+picture+for+Warners+was+Romance+on+the+High+Seas+It+was+Doris+Day%27s+first+picture+that+was+before+she+became+a+virgin%22&pg=PA192#v=onepage A later paraphrase of this appeared in The Wit and Wisdom of Hollywood (1972) by Max Wilk: "I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin."

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„It certainly will be if you are still around.“

— Oscar Levant
In response to Gershwin's query, "I wonder if my music will be played a hundred years from now"; as quoted in "George the Ingenuous" by Alexander Woolcott, in Cosmopolitan (November 1933); reprinted in Ch. IV: "'...A Young Colossus...'" https://books.google.com/books?id=ATcjgQTx0uIC&pg=PA45#v=onepage&q&f=false from Gershwin Remembered (1992) by Edward Jablonski, pp. 44-45 If George is around, it will. (This version was recounted by Howard Dietz in Dancing in the Dark (1974), p. 61, in response to a virtually identical query—i.e. as to whether Gershwin's music would still be played in 100 years—posed by Newman Levy.)

„I was once thrown out of a mental hospital for depressing the other patients.“

— Oscar Levant
As quoted in Memorable Quotations: Jewish Writers of the Past (2005) edited by Carol A. Dingle.

„Incompatibility. And besides, I think she hated me.“

— Oscar Levant
On why his first marriage ended in divorce, in A Smattering of Ignorance (1940); as quoted in "Oscar Levant, A Musical Know-It-All, Writes Book About Music And Himself," https://books.google.com/books?id=rD8EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA55&lpg=PA55&dq=incompatibility+%22i+think+she+hated+me%22&source=bl&ots=jaka7saxHY&sig=u4HIXFS2YCrP6tV1FRwspSLWO18&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiMzIPMzdjRAhVCOyYKHQ_ECrYQ6AEIHzAD#v=onepage&q=incompatibility%20%22i%20think%20she%20hated%20me%22&f=false Life (February 5, 1940), p. 55

„Once he makes up his mind, he's full of indecision.“

— Oscar Levant
On President Dwight D. Eisenhower, as quoted in The Nastiest Things Ever Said about Republicans (2006) by Martin Higgins, p. 83.

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„What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left.“

— Oscar Levant
As quoted in On the 8th Day — God Laughed (1995) by Gene Perret, p. 95.

„It's not a pretty face, I grant you. But underneath its flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.“

— Oscar Levant
Describing himself, in lines he contributed to An American In Paris (1951), although officially credited to Alan Jay Lerner, as told in The Memoirs of an Amnesiac (1965); also quoted in The Dictionary of Biographical Quotation of British and American Subjects (1978) by Richard Kenin and Justin Wintle, p. 485.

„A symphonic conductor should reconcile himself to the realization that, regardless of his approach or temperament, the eventual result is the same — the orchestra will hate him.“

— Oscar Levant
In "Music in Aspic," Harper's Magazine (October 1939), an abbreviated chapter from Levant's soon-to-be-published A Smattering of Ignorance (1940); reproduced in Gentlemen, Scholars, and Scoundrels: A Treasury of the Best of Harper's Magazine from 1850 to the Present https://www.google.com/search?tbo=p&tbm=bks&q=%22Oscar+Levant%22+intitle:Gentlemen+intitle:scholars+intitle:and+intitle:scoundrels&num=10 (1959), edited by Harry Knowles, p. 246

„Oscar would have been here at the head table—but he was feeling well.“

— Oscar Levant
Milton Berle, addressing a Friars Club luncheon in 1958, as quoted in "Levant: Deadly With an Epigram" by Ross McLean, in The Toronto Globe and Mail (August 11, 1984), p. D11

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„I have given up reading books; I find it takes my mind off myself.“

— Oscar Levant
As quoted in Memorable Quotations: Jewish Writers of the Past (2005) edited by Carol A. Dingle.

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