Flashback: Surely you remember, Mr. Nielsen...
We were lucky enough to meet the late Leslie Nielsen in 2007 at a Canadian-themed party (did you know he was Canadian?) here in D.C. We asked him which of his famous one-liners fans quote back to him the most, and he accused us of setting him up.
He gave a dryly amused glance. "You want me to say my famous lines?"
No, no, we're just wondering which ones you hear most often.
One-beat pause. "So, you want me to say my famous lines."
Uh, didn't mean it that way, but . . . well, guess so . . .
The faintest flicker of a smile across that deadpan face: "Don't call me Shirley."
In her obit of Nielsen, Emma Brown manages to work in as many of those one-liners as possible. And Tom Shales attributes Nielsen's success to his roots in television -- but along the way, shows off his freakish recall for plot points from Nielsen's forgotten 1956 big-screen sci-fi epic "Forgotten Planet."
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| November 30, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
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