Per­sonal Glimpses

BE­HIND THE SCENES OF THE LIVES OF THE FA­MOUS

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Personal Glmpses -

Hou­dini, the fa­mous ma­gi­cian, was never too busy to com­pose a love let­ter to his wife, and from 1913 to the time of his death he wrote one of these let­ters every sin­gle day – many of them long com­po­si­tions, none ca­sual lines. If he was at home, he would hide them about the house; and for six months af­ter his death Mrs Hou­dini con­tin­ued at in­ter­vals to find these let­ters. THE AMER­I­CAN MAG­A­ZINE, RD FE­BRU­ARY 1938

Com­edy ac­tress Joan Blon­dell, who of­ten played the wise­crack­ing blonde, de­scribes her method of us­ing a timer to get out of the dumps: “I set the timer for six-anda-half min­utes to be lonely and 22 min­utes to feel sorry for my­self. And then when the bell rings I take a shower or a walk or a swim, or I cook some­thing – and think about some­one else.” ROBERT DE ROOS, RD DE­CEM­BER 1969 Show-busi­ness peo­ple of­ten get an ex­ag­ger­ated idea of their own im­por­tance, ad­mits ac­tor Mike Far­rell, who played the part of B.J Hun­ni­cut on the hit tele­vi­sion se­ries M*A*S*H. It’s good to have peo­ple around, es­pe­cially your fam­ily, to see your­self in the right per­spec­tive, he says.

“I was at my house be­ing in­ter­viewed, and the re­porter kept telling me how great I was,” Far­rell re­calls. “My head was be­gin­ning to swell and my chest puff out when I heard my lit­tle daugh­ter call­ing me from the bath­room with: ‘Daddy, I’m fin­ished. Come help me.’”

“It brought me back to ground zero im­me­di­ately.” BOB BARRY, WISN, RD SEPTEM­BER 1984

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