I've written two novels about fame and being famous and what it is like to have the life. HM the Queen is a *friend* of my main character. His fame has made him wealthy beyond common sense.Thus, I have an interest- not totally ruled by prurient designs - about famous people. And when two famous folk meet each other - such as Elvis and, Nixon, Marilyn and Khrushchev, or Orson Welles and Hitler - well, I take an added interest. [DE]
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11 Peculiar Meetings Between Famous People
by Bill DeMain
3. T.S. Eliot & Groucho MarxIn the early 1960s, the poet and the comedian became unlikely pen pals. Eliot was a fan and requested a signed photo. In his letter of thanks, he called Groucho his "most coveted pin-up" and said, "Whether you really want a photograph of me or whether you merely asked for it out of politeness, you are going to get one anyway." Upon receiving Eliot's 8x10, Groucho replied, "I had no idea you were so handsome. Why you haven't been offered the lead in some sexy movies I can only attribute to the stupidity of the casting directors." After three years of occasional correspondence, the two finally met in London in 1964. Marx and his wife were looking forward to an evening of intellectually stimulating conversation, but all the ailing Eliot wanted to talk about was old Marx Brothers movies. "We didn't stay late," Marx later said, "for we both felt that he wasn't up to a long evening of conversation. Especially mine."
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