Isn’T It Beautiful?

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of “The Beatles” — the white album — Roger Friedman reprints what Prudence Farrow wrote about the song “Dear Prudence.” (Here’s Farrow’s memoir, “Dear Prudence,” which Friedman says is free on Kindle, but you have to pay $10 if you don’t pay for Kindle Unlimited.) I’ll just give you […]

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On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of “The Beatles” — the white album — Roger Friedman reprints what Prudence Farrow wrote about the song “Dear Prudence.” (Here’s Farrow’s memoir, “Dear Prudence,” which Friedman says is free on Kindle, but you have to pay $10 if you don’t pay for Kindle Unlimited.) I’ll just give you one paragraph....

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of “The Beatles” — the white album — Roger Friedman reprints what Prudence Farrow wrote about the song “Dear Prudence.” (Here’s Farrow’s memoir, “Dear Prudence,” which Friedman says is free on Kindle, but you have to pay $10 if you don’t pay for Kindle Unlimited.) I’ll just give you one paragraph.

My mother [the actress, Maureen O’Sullivan] bought what became widely known as “The White Album” as soon as it was released in the fall of 1968. She introduced it to me in a most odd way. During a family gathering at her apartment, we were playing Killer, a whodunit game. The “killer” kills by winking at you, then you wait fifteen seconds before announcing you have been killed. My mother went around the room, showing the album while playing it on the record player. I listened to “Dear Prudence” with great apprehension. As each line finished, I wiped my brow with relief. As the song ended, I felt immense gratitude that it was not as I had feared. Just then, my mother came over to me, and leaning in, she gently said, “Isn’t it beautiful?” I looked up at her, and she winked.

Here’s Maureen O’Sullivan talking to David Letterman in 1986. She talks about Groucho Marx, who tested jokes on her until she said “I really hate funny men. I will never laugh… So don’t tell me any more jokes… I like humor to come out of something else — but no gags.” She — who played Jane in the Tarzan movies — then proceeds to tell us about Cheetah — a “horrible creature” and “a homosexual.”

ADDED: I’m adding my “animal cruelty” tag. O’Sullivan and Letterman and the audience laugh and laugh over what is the mistreatment of the chimpanzee used in the Tarzan movies.

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