Lawsy, we've got to have a doctor! I don't know nuthin' 'bout birthin' babies.
(Sidney Howard (1891-1939), U.S. screenwriter. Prissy (Butterfly McQueen), Gone With The Wind, admitting to Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) that she was lying about her experience as a mid-wife (1939).)
The very "in" had babies the same time Ethel [Kennedy] did, in the same hospital, with the same obstetrician ...
(Barbara Howar (b. 1934), U.S. socialite and author. Laughing All the Way, ch. 4 (1973).
Howar, a Washington socialite during President John F. Kennedy's administration, was recalling the social influence of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy's wife Ethel, who eventually bore eleven children. (Robert was also the President's brother.).)
The popularity of that baby-faced boy, who possessed not even the elements of a good actor, was a hallucination in the public mind, and a disgrace to our theatrical history.
(Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), Scottish poet. Life of Mrs. Siddons, ch. 18 (1834).
Campell referred to the child actor "Master Betty," William Henry West Betty (1791-1874), who had been taken up by the fashionable world, playing the roles of Romeo and Hamlet at the age of twelve, as well as that of Richard III. The craze lasted two years, to the despair of many, including journalist and poet Leigh Hunt. Hunt was eventually able to write in a contemporary newspaper: "The charm of novelty has at length broken ... and the town is just now somewhat in the position of the husband who, after passing the honeymoon with a beautiful but childish woman, finds his reason once more returning and is content to sit down and ask why he has been pleased.")