These glorious insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words.
A member of Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease”. “That depends, Sir,“ said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”
“He had delusions of adequacy.” - Walter Kerr
“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”- Winston Churchill
“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” -Clarence Darrow
“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).
“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.” - Moses Hadas
“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” - Mark Twain
“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends..” - Oscar Wilde
“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend…. if you have one.” (George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill) “Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second …. if there is one." (Winston Churchill, in response.)
"I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.” - Stephen Bishop
“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” - John Bright
“I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.” - Irvin S. Cobb
“He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.” - Samuel Johnson
“He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.” - Paul Keating
“In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.” - Charles, Count Talleyrand
“He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.” - Forrest Tucker
“Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?” -Mark Twain
“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.” - Mae West
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” - Oscar Wilde
“He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather than illumination.” Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
“He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.” - Billy Wilder
“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.” Groucho Marx
To date, the 1983 Oscars has been one of much debate, especially when it came down to the winning actresses. Meryl Streep was nominated for Best Actress for her role as Sophie in the heart wrenching holocaust drama, ‘Sophies Choice’, and Jessica Lange was nominated in the same category for her powerhouse performance as Frances Farmer in the drama, 'Frances’.
Both performances were groundbreaking, and to this day many people believed that they changed the world of cinema as many critics has never came across such defying performances. Streep went home with the Best Actress Oscar, many applauding and agreeing with the decision, but also many people believe that this was the wrong decision. Many believe the Oscar should have went to Lange, and some believe it should have been a tie like there was with Barbara Streisand and Katherine Hepburn in 1968.
Lange was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress on the same night for her role in the comedy drama, 'Tootsie’. She walked home with the prize, and people think that this was a token of the Academys gratitude as they wanted to give her some sort of recognition for her acting that night.
“When they call her (Lange’s) name for Best Supporting Actress for 'Tootsie’, there’s a sort of bittersweet moment. She was grateful and very happy about it, but we think she knew she wasn’t going to walk away with the big prize that night.”