Advice from Auntie Mame’s creator

“I always start writing with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind.”

– Patrick Dennis – (1921-1976)

When I ran across this quote, I was reminded of the Oscar Wilde quote I shared earlier this year about all of us being in the gutter, except Dennis’s take is more like the other side of the same coin. Dennis is, of course, remembered for creating one of the iconic characters of the twentieth-century, the flamboyant and irreverent Auntie Mame, first introduced to us in his 1955 best-selling novel and then made even more renowned by both a highly successful Broadway play and Hollywood film. What he, and Mame, taught us was that being naughty can be loads of fun.