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Saturday, 29 May 2010

Undiluted Celebrity Praise: Superlatives for Superstars

UNDILUTED CELEBRITY PRAISE
How to Properly Express Your Admiration and Adulation.

Some great celebrity examples of hyper adulation that almost border on hyperbole ...

RICHARD BURTON
"The Frank Sinatra of Shakespeare."
Elizabeth Taylor in The New York Times (1984)

FERRARI 355
"The Ferrari 355 is the automotive equivalent of a quail's egg dipped in celery salt and served in Julia Roberts' belly button."
Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear

JACK LONDON 
Uncle Matthew: "I have only read one book in my life, and that is White Fang. It’s so frightfully good I’ve never bothered to read another."
Nancy Mitford, Love in a Cold Climate (1949)

MAMMA MIA! (2008)
"Had Shakespeare or Joyce or Dickens or Puccini been sitting in Cineworld with me watching Mamma Mia!, they would have nodded thunderously with approval and left the cinema muttering: 'I want a piece of that.' "
Melanie Reid in The Times (2008)

BRAD PITT
"Death would be a beautiful place if it looks like Brad Pitt."
Carmen Electra

FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT
"Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of Champagne; knowing him was like drinking it."
Winston Churchill

G.B. SHAW
"That exquisite handwriting like a fly which has been trained at the Russian ballet."
James Agate, Diary (1944)

STING

"I mean, come on … who doesn’t love Sting? Even if you love Megadeath, you have respect for Sting. If you love Pokemon, you’ll find out who Sting is someday."
Jenna Elfman

P.G. WODEHOUSE & JEEVES

"The facts in this case, ladies and gentlemen, are simple. The first thing you should know, and probably the last, too, is that PG Wodehouse is still the funniest writer ever to have put words on paper. Fact number two: with the Jeeves stories, Wodehouse created the best of the best. I speak as one whose first love was Blandings, and who later took immense pleasure from Psmith, but Jeeves is the jewel, and anyone who tries to tell you different can be shown the door, the mini-cab, the train station, and Terminal 4 at Heathrow with a clear conscience. The world of Jeeves is complete and integral, every bit as structured, layered, ordered, complex and self-contained as King Lear, and considerably funnier."
Hugh Laurie in The Daily Telegraph (1999)

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