"[Celebrity] these days it's based on, how should I put it... vulgarity. We had standards and we didn't allow other people to debase our standards. It was a different time."
-Kitty Carlisle Hart
A couple of decades ago, I was in a community theatre production that the director told us was nominated for a Moss Hart Memorial Award, which, according to its presenting authority, The New England Theatre Conference, "has a two-fold purpose: to honor the memory of Moss Hart, dramatist and director, for his wit and sensitivity, for his unconquerable enthusiasm for life and for his work in the theatre; and to recognize and encourage outstanding theatrical productions throughout New England of playscripts that present affirmative views of human courage and dignity, that have strong literary and artistic merit, and which in their productions, exemplify fresh, imaginative, creative treatment within the intent of the playwright."
Kitty Carlisle spent the last 45 years doing the same thing, commemorating her husband's work. I got to meet – briefly -- Kitty Carlisle. I remembered her from What’s My Line and the Marx Brother's A Night At The Opera. You know, the one with the famous "stateroom scene." Which was "reworked" as Brain Donors, starring John Turturro. Who was in a movie called Box of Moonlight with Sam Rockwell (Chuck Barris in the movie Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.) And was in the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with Zooey Deschanel, who's cast as Janis Joplin in Gospel According to Janis. Janis Joplin was an acquaintance of my high school English teacher. Small world, innit?(Mrs. Carlisle Hart was also in a Will Smith movie called Six Degrees of Separation. Yes, this whole thing was a cunning scheme to get a cleavagy picture of La Deschanel on my site. )