People: The Fuller Explanation

Tallulah Bankhead, an actress who revels in free speech ,but suffers "depression and melancholia" when she is misquoted, came around to admitting that she sometimes prefers misquotations. Unnerved after an unexpected mass interview with a dozen reporters in Manhattan's Stork Club, she confided to Columnist Leonard Lyons: "I suffer less when it's only the Times and the Herald Tribune, because then I know that if I should say 'godammit,' they would report that I had said 'good gracious.' "

Winston Churchill was rated the British Empire's No.1 cigar consumer (three an hour for...

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