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Oscar Levant

Fecha de nacimiento: 27. Diciembre 1906
Fecha de muerte: 14. Agosto 1972

Oscar Levant fue un pianista, compositor, autor, humorista y actor estadounidense. Fue famoso por su carácter mordaz y por su agudeza actuando en producciones radiofónicas, cinematográficas y televisivas.

Frases Oscar Levant

„I would like to have been present, if I could have my choice of all moments in music history, when Stokowski suddenly became conscious of his beautiful hands. That must have been a moment. Like stout Cortez [sic] on a peak in Darien (I know it was Balboa) he saw before him a limitless expanse, a whole uncharted sea that might be subjected to his influence, free from the encumbrance of a baton.“

—  Oscar Levant

In "Music in Aspic," Harper's Magazine (October 1939) and A Smattering of Ignorance (1940); as quoted in "Lightning Wit Plays On American Musical Scene; Oscar Levant Answers Unspoken Request for 'Information, Please' With Uncensored Comments on Exalted Persons" by Ray C. B. Brown, in The Washington Post (January 14, 1940), p. E4

„It would have been better if you had died and Gershwin had written the elegy.“

—  Oscar Levant

Critiquing a musical tribute composed shortly after Gershwin's death (July 11, 1937) by an unnamed mutual friend; as recounted by Levant in The Memoirs of an Amnesiac (1965); and quoted in "On San Diego: You Can Bet On It" by Tom Blair, in San Diego Magazine (September 2007), p. 272

„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 (1959), edited by Harry Knowles, p. 246

„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.

„I am no more humble than my talents require.“

—  Oscar Levant

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

„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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„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," Life (February 5, 1940), p. 55

„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...'" 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.)

„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, libro The Memoirs of an Amnesiac

The Memoirs of an Amnesiac (1965)
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."

„Now that Marilyn Monroe is kosher, Arthur Miller can eat her.“

—  Oscar Levant

Quip about Monroe's conversion to Judaism, on The Oscar Levant Show, as quoted in They Knew Marilyn Monroe: Famous Persons in the Life of the Hollywood Icon (2012) by Les Harding

„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.

„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.

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