Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bill Murray and being rich and famous

Was talking to Brenda on AIM this evening and it occurred to me that I'd not added this story about being rich and famous to my blog.

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaany years and a couple dozen books ago, I was in the middle of my 2nd & 3rd books (it was a simultaneous thing--hint: don't do this). I remember coming home and walking in the front door and saying to Patricia something completely fatuous about being rich and famous. She looked thoughtful and said "You know, Bill Murray was being interviewed on TV today and the interviewer started flipping him a little shit and said, 'Well, you haven't handled fame very well.' And Bill Murray got really bristly and looked right into the camera and said 'All you boys and girls out there in Televisionland who think you want to grow up to be rich and famous, let me give you a piece of advice: try "rich" first and see if that doesn't do it for yuh!'"

I found that to be an excellent piece of advice and I've tried to practice this to a large extent: given a choice between "rich" and "famous," I've gone for "rich" whenever possible. And you should, too.



De Murr said...

Your sentiments are mine. When the book, North ???? Forty, came out (the one about the football players; Burt Reynolds started in the film)), there was a rating for women. One to ten -- one being uglier than sin and ten being narvana. I always said that I wanted to be a 6 -- just plain rich.

Denise Kawaii said...

Love this sentiment. I think that fame wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for all of the opinions that are shared with the world about every little thing you do.

I also would much rather find fortune than fame, if for no other reason that if I find fame first, I'm pretty sure I'd land on one of those "worst dressed" lists floating around the internets. I don't want my works to be clouded by the fact that I don't own a decent sweater.

Hank said...

@DeMurr: Right actor, wrong film: it was "Semi-Tough" that had the rating of women with six being just plain rich. "North Dallas Forty" was the aging football player movie with Nick Nolte that came out about the same time.