Along those lines, there is a famous story of Clare Boothe Luce holding the door open for fellow author and renowned wit, Dorothy Parker.
“Age before beauty,” said Luce.
“Pearls before swine,” replied Parker.
Luce was not only famous in her own right–she was a Congresswoman as well as a writer–she was married to one of the most important publishers in the country, Henry Luce, founder of Time magazine. It was Henry who coined the phrase (around World War II) that the 20th c. would be “America’s century.”
Together, Henry and Clare were New York’s power couple before the term was invented.
Actually, Mrs. Luce was the subject of another famous reply, this one by George Bernard Shaw.
Luce’s play, “The Women,” was opening on Broadway and Shaw was there for opening night.
Luce was flummoxed at meeting the great author for the first time:
“Oh, Mr. Shaw, without you I wouldn’t be here.”
“Ah yes,” Shaw replied, “what WAS your dear mother’s name?”
A brilliant riposte.
But there is more to the story, and Shaw didn’t know it.
Mrs. Luce did not know who her father was.