AS THE ACTRESS SAID TO THE BISHOP
In a serendipitous double whammy one day last month, a Hollywood actress
and a Mesquite, New Mexico bishop both posted messages on our GuestMap
within a few hours of each other. The one-in-a-million coincidence reminded
us of that time-honoured cliché, "as the actress said to the bishop".
The Dictionary of Slang says it's "a jocular catch phrase that draws
attention to an otherwise innocent statement by imbuing sexual innuendo.
Other variations include as the mistress said to the gardener."
Leslie Charteris (born Leslie Charles Bowyer Yin), author of best-selling
books about The Saint in the 1930s, was fond of the phrase. In nearly
all his adventure stories, hero Simon Templar, a Robin Hood/James Bond type,
quoted the phrase to hint at possible double entendres.
Google offers more than 600 citations, many of them too risqué for family
reading. We found this recent example in a web discussion about UK theme
parks. Punk Rock Princess 631 wrote:
Have returned to TP [Thorpe Park] twice since initial report and while
still not freaked out by Nemesis Inferno, am getting to enjoy the ride
more and more. I really think that the more often you do it, the better
it gets - as the actress said to the bishop!
Getting back to our GuestMap, we were delighted to find these two messages
posted within a few hours of each other:
Posted by : Edie Mc2
Date Posted : July 11, 2004 08:40:55 AM
Email : edieATediemc.com
Website URL : www.ediemc.com
Town/City : Hollywood CA
Country : USA
Comments : I love Anu Garg A.Word.A.Day and have signed up for this one.
Learn something new everyday. Keeps the gray cells busy. Of course, I
forget it very quickly.
Posted by : S.
Date Posted : July 11, 2004 11:35:42 AM
Email : bpsharonATthecontemporarycatholicchurch.org
Website URL : http://www.thecontemporarycatholicchurch.org
Town/City : Mesquite, NM
Country : USA
Comments : Great site! I especially enjoyed the article about Reason
Magazine's clever approach to alerting us about privacy invasion.
When we followed the designated links, we found two very interesting
First, the Actress.
Edie McClurg is starring in her first one-woman
Second, the Bishop:
IT'S EDIE IN HERE
Written by Edie McClurg
IT'S EDIE IN HERE is Edie McClurg's hilarious
and moving story of her early life. We meet all the strong Midwestern
women and men who influenced the dreams and aspirations of a child of
blue collar parents in Kansas City, Missouri. The genesis of all Edie's
portrayals in her professional acting career can be traced to these
funny and poignant personalities from her family, neighborhood, schools,
Edie McClurg began her performing career at age
five with the oxymoronic Kansas City Rhythm Kids. She retired at the age
of six when the dance teacher was arrested on a morals charge.
Edie then concentrated on her education and
received a Master of Science from Syracuse University and taught radio
at the University of Missouri/Kansas City for 8 years. There, she
re-entered the entertainment field as a DJ, newswoman, and producer for
the NPR affiliate KCUR-FM.
Her proudest moment was portraying John
Ehrlichmann in Conversation 26 of the NPR national broadcast of the
Nixon Tape Transcripts. Thus did Edie contribute to the peaceful
overthrow of the government of an un-indicted co-conspirator.
Her career-long devotion to satirical
improvisation included an impressive tenure with "The Groundlings". She
went on to create original characters, performed on the daytime David
Letterman Show: Mrs. Marv Mendenhall, Dot Duncan, Whirly June Pickens,
Officer Jeanelle Archer, 105-year-old Edie, among others.
TV has been a home to many of Edie's characters
on "The Richard Pryor Show," as Lucille Tarlek on "WKRP in
Cincinnati," and as Mrs. Poole on "The Hogan Family."
Her movie career growth paralleled her 10 years
with The Groundlings. Her first film was the teen horror favorite,
"Carrie." She did several John Hughes films including "Ferris Bueller's
Day Off," "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," "She's Having a Baby," and
"Curly Sue." Offbeat cult faves are "Eating Raoul," "Elvira," HBO's "Pee
Wee Herman" special, and Martin Mull's "History of White Man in
In more mainstream films, she received a
National Media Award for her portrayal of a mentally disabled woman in
"Bill: On His Own," starring Mickey Rooney, and she's acted for Robert
Redford in "A River Runs Through It," for Oliver Stone in "Natural Born
Killers, for Diane Keaton in "Hanging Up," and she was named Best
Actress of the Chicago Alternative Film Festival for her portrayal of
Ted Kazcynski's mother.
A few of Edie's most recent accomplishments:
David Spade's nasty neighbor in Paramount Pictures' "Dickie Roberts:
Former Child Star", Jane Kazcmarek's friend in "Malcolm in the Middle",
guest star on NBC's "Providence", WB's "7th Heaven", Lea Thompson's
mother on "Caroline in the City;" and several animation roles for TV and
in features such as "The Little Mermaid," "The Rugrats Movie," and as
Dr. Flora in "A Bug's Life."
The Contemporary Catholic Church is an
independent, esoteric and Apostolic Catholic Church that was founded to
serve the spiritual needs of people in this highly changing and
stress-filled world. We believe there is a deep spiritual and even
mystical hunger in our society today.
Contemporary Catholic Church seeks to address this hunger by providing a
spiritual direction which seeks to combine the best of contemporary
insight within the framework of the Catholic faith.
When we replied to the GuestMap message, we received this email:
From: +Sharon <bpsharonATthecontemporarycatholicchurch.org>
If Edie McClurg ever sends an email to +Sharon, we hope our two friendly
correspondents will let us know just what the Actress really DID say to the
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 08:52:34 -0600
To: Eric Shackle <eshackleATozemail.com.au>
Subject: Re: GuestMap
Thanks! And thank you for posting to Wordsmith
about your magazine!