Billy-Wilder-and-Marilyn-Monroe-Some-Like-It-Hot-Set-billy-wilder-26776512-990-1262In the den she opened the liquor cabinet and looked at an assortment of bottles she could have sworn had been at the same levels since 1987. She sat on the couch where she had read while her father watched the Academy Awards. There was an ashtray on the side table. Nobody, as far as she could remember had ever smoked in the house, not even Bob’s big brother, Manny. Next to the ashtray were a lamp, a phone (not wireless), and a Rolodex. A Rolodex.

Anne flipped through the cards. She remembered catching hell on one of her pre-teen visits for calling, in quick succession, a bunch of luminary “B’s”… Bacall, Beatty, Brooks (Albert and Mel), and someone only noted as Billy with a German accent that had picked up and chatted affably until asking to speak to her father. She looked for Billy’s card. It was still there. In her father’s hand and in various inks it noted a birthday, included a quote, “If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you,” and finished with the date March 27, 2002. Billy must have been Billy Wilder.

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  1. George Kaplan
    June 22, 2013

    A treat! Is it altogether too, too *predictable* of me to say that I LOVED that and found it alluring? Publication cannot come quickly enough, o Gifted Scribe…
    Fabulous picture, too. Ohhh, Marilyn! 🙂
    And… Happy Birthday, Billy, you acerbic Genius you!

    • June 22, 2013

      Billy Wilder: “After redoing the same shot 42 times I took her aside and hugged her and said, to calm her down, ‘Don’t worry, Marilyn,’ and she looked at me with wide-open eyes and said, ‘Don’t worry about what?’ “

  2. June 22, 2013

    Confession: I am a naive Antipodean in matters Hollywood, and much else besides! Is it too naive to suppose that the pre teen escapade is based on one of your own?

    • June 23, 2013

      I’ll give the reply my agents coached me in: Roman à clef or roman à clé (French pronunciation: ​[ʁɔmɑ̃n a kle]), French for “novel with a key”, is a novel about real life, overlaid with a façade of fiction. 😉

  3. June 22, 2013

    Dearest V
    So tempting.
    Is the publication date so very far away?
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • June 23, 2013

      So close I’m getting butterflies… But, I haven’t got the official word, yet.

  4. June 22, 2013

    When you say ‘a bit’- you really mean it! 😀
    Love your style. Love your style.

    • June 23, 2013

      I can’t wait to send you a copy! Mwah!

  5. Heather in Arles
    June 23, 2013

    Oooh, you sly sprite you! Shorter than a movie trailer and far, far more tempting…”always leave them wanting more”? Mission accompli!
    I can’t WAIT for the publication…

    • June 23, 2013

      I am bouncing off the walls!

    • June 23, 2013

      It was a blast to write, how often do we get to say that? 😉

  6. June 23, 2013

    Be careful bouncing off the walls! So very much looking forward to the big news when you know the date. Cheers!

    • June 23, 2013

      Thank you, Gloria! They should be padded… wall-wise 😉

  7. June 23, 2013

    Thanks for sharing a bit of your novel – whee!! How exciting!

    Also, I’ve found this to be very true: “If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you.”

    • June 23, 2013

      He was a genius in more ways than one.

  8. June 23, 2013

    You tease!

  9. beautycalyptique
    June 24, 2013

    very enticing bit.
    very crisp writing, I love it.
    I just could smell the wood of my parents’ bar cabinet at once.
    (for a house of complete non-drinkers, the booze collection was rather impressive.)

    • June 24, 2013

      I loved all those bottles of mysterious liquids, amber, clear, ruby red, chartreuse, all lined up in neat order. That their contents never matched the aesthetic appeal – well, these things happen. 😉

  10. June 25, 2013

    Always leave ’em wanting more 🙂 You have. Can’t wait to buy your book!

    • June 26, 2013

      Buy? I’m sending you a copy!

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