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A list of insults from Old Hollywood actors

Insults compiled from various books, magazines, newspapers and IMDB.com. 

  1. Bette Davis on Joan Crawford: “I wouldn’t piss on her if she was on fire.” 
  2. Bette Davis on Joan Crawford: “The only male at MGM she hasn’t slept with is Lassie!”
  3. Bette Davis on Joan Crawford: “My mother told me to only speak good of the dead. Joan Crawford is dead. Good.”
  4. Carole Lombard on Vivien Leigh: “That f–king English bitch.” 
  5. Frank Sinatra on Dorothy Kilgallen: “The chinless wonder.”
  6. Frank Sinatra on Dorothy Kilgallen: "If you happen to run into Dorothy Kilgallen, be sure you’re in your car.“
  7. Frank Sinatra on Shelley Winters: “A bowlegged bitch of a Brooklyn blonde.” 
  8. Humphrey Bogart on William Holden: “A dumb prick.”
  9. Joan Crawford on Bette Davis: “She has a cult, and what the hell is a cult except a gang of rebels without a cause. I have fans. There’s a big difference.” 
  10. John Gielgud on Ingrid Bergman: “Ingrid Bergman speaks five languages and can’t act in any of them.” 
  11. John Wayne on Clark Gable: “Gable’s an idiot. You know why he’s an actor? It’s the only thing he’s smart enough to do.”
  12. Laurence Olivier on Marilyn Monroe: “My hatred for her was one of the strongest emotions I had ever felt.”
  13. Myrna Loy on Clark Gable: "He couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag”
  14. Richard Harris on Michael Caine: “An over-fat, flatulent, 62-year-old windbag. A master of inconsequence masquerading as a guru, passing off his vast limitations as pious virtues.” 
  15. Shelley Winters on Frank Sinatra: “A skinny, no-talent, stupid, Hoboken bastard.” 
  16. Sterling Hayden on Joan Crawford: “There’s is not enough money in Hollywood to lure me into making another picture with Joan Crawford. And I like money.”  
  17. Walter Mattheu to Barbra Streisand during an on set argument while making HELLO DOLLY!: “I have more talent in my farts than you have in your whole body.” 
  18. William Holden on Humphrey Bogart: “I hated the bastard.”  

King Silko’s Silver Crown, 5th Century AD

This silver crown comes from the necropolis of Ballana situated south of Abu Simbel, the site is today submerged by the waters of Lake Nasser. The tomb in which the crown was found, without doubt, is that of a local potentate judging by the abundance and quality of the material uncovered in the 1930s by W.B. Emery. It falls within the category of culture called X-Group (or Ballana Culture) which developed after the breakup of the Empire of Meroë into small kingdoms or principalities. This period is between the end of the 4th century and the beginning of the 6th century AD.

The individual whose corpse was adorned with this crown was probably one of the kings of these small principalities who succeeded the domination of the kings of Meroë. It could be identified as Silko, dating back to the 5th century, who was proclaimed in a Greek inscription within the temple of Kalabsha, “King of Nobatae and all of Ethiopians”. The crown still includes a set of representations from a repertoire directly inspired from ancient Egyptian iconography; however, its symbol and its form are no longer Egyptian.

The crown is composed of two parts, a diadem and a crest. The diadem is decorated with a frieze of Horus falcons between two rows of small squares and circles….

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Happy 75th wedding anniversary to Clark and Carole Gable

For Clark, [Carole] was fulfillment, a pal and partner in everything. She roamed the ranch with him in casual clothes during the day and her hair was frequently in pigtails, but in the evenings she was always sleek and lovely in a glamorous housecoat.

It was a household of gaiety, laughter, corny jokes and gag gifts. Everything centered around Clark, his likes and dislikes. Carole enjoyed and had fun at everything she did. If Clark was moody or silent, she clowned until he smiled again. He adored her, thought she was the mots exciting, amusing, desirable woman in the world.”

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Lombardic Silver-gilt Fibula, c. 6th Century AD

The Lombards (or Langobards) were a Germanic tribe who ruled Italy from 568 to 774. They descended from a small tribe called the Winnili who lived in southern Scandinavia before migrating to seek new lands. In the 1st century AD, they formed part of the Suebi, in northwestern Germany. By the end of the 5th century, they had moved into the area roughly coinciding with modern Austria north of the Danube river, where they subdued the Heruls and later fought frequent wars with the Gepids. The Lombard king Audoin defeated the Gepid leader Thurisind in 551 or 552; his successor Alboin eventually destroyed the Gepids at the Battle of Asfeld in 567.

Following this victory, Alboin decided to lead his people to Italy, which had become severely depopulated and devastated after the long Gothic War (535–554) between the Byzantine Empire and the Ostrogothic Kingdom there. The Lombards were joined by numerous Saxons, Heruls, Gepids, Bulgars, Thuringians, and Ostrogoths, and their invasion of Italy was almost unopposed. By late 569 they had conquered all the principal cities north of the Po River except Pavia, which fell in 572. At the same time, they occupied areas in central and southern Italy. They established a Lombard Kingdom in Italy, later named Regnum Italicum (“Kingdom of Italy”), which reached its zenith under the 8th-century ruler Liutprand. In 774, the Kingdom was conquered by the Frankish King Charlemagne and integrated into his Empire. However, Lombard nobles continued to rule parts of the Italian peninsula well into the 11th century when they were conquered by the Normans and added to their County of Sicily. Their legacy is apparent in the regional name, Lombardy.