„Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you will find the real tinsel underneath.“

—  Oscar Levant, As quoted in Jewish Wit (1962) by Theodor Reik, p. 104, also in Inquisition in Eden (1965) and Whatever It Is, I’m Against It (1984) by Nat Shapiro.
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