W. C. Fields

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Image: Fields in 1939 movie You Can’t Cheat An Honest Man.

“In a testimonial dinner for Fields in 1939, the humorist Leo Rosten remarked of the comedian that ‘any man who hates dogs and babies can’t be all bad’.[64] The line—which Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations later erroneously attributed to Fields himself—became famous, and reinforced the popular perception that Fields hated children and dogs. In reality, Fields was somewhat indifferent to dogs, but occasionally owned one.[65] He was fond of entertaining the children of friends who visited him, and doted on his first grandchild, Bill Fields III, born in 1943.[66] He sent encouraging replies to all of the letters he received from boys who, inspired by his performance in The Old Fashioned Way, expressed an interest in juggling.[67]

Excerpt from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._C._Fields . Read more about him at the link.

1939 letter from the married Fields to his lover who was leaving him for another: http://theamericanreader.com/12-september-1939-wc-fields-to-carlotta-monti/ .

See 1939 Fields movies: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=W.+C.+Fields+1939 .

 

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