Starlets Who Confounded Their Critics

Any browser

The following is taken from The Guardian newspaper:

"We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on their way out." - Decca Records rejecting The Beatles in 1962.

"The biggest no talent I ever worked with." - Decca boss rejecting Buddy Holly.

"I give the Rolling Stones about another two years." - Mick Jagger in 1964.

"Can't act. Can't sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little." - Film company's verdict on Fred Astaire's 1928 screen test.

"You have a chip on your tooth, your Adam's apple sticks out too far and you talk too slow." - Film executive rejecting Clint Eastwood in 1959.

"Reagan doesn't have the presidential look." - Film producer rejecting Ronald Reagan for the role of president in 1964.

"You ought to go back to driving a truck." - Concert manager firing Elvis Presley in 1954.

"Forget it. No Civil War picture ever made a nickel." - MGM executive advising against investing in Gone With The Wind.

"You'd better learn secretarial skills or else get married." - Modelling agency rejecting Marilyn Monroe in 1944.

"That rainbow song's no good. Take it out." - MGM memo after the initial showing of The Wizard of Oz, referring to Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

"It will never be generally read." - Newspaper review of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights in 1849.

"We are willing to return the manuscript." - publisher rejecting Jane Austin's novel, Northanger Abbey.

Browser compatibility statement

I believe web pages should be accessible to all browsers, rather than surfers being browbeaten into switching to some particular browser to see a page. (How many people would be happy if popular TV programmes could only be watched with the latest model of one particular make of TV set?). I am currently going through this site trying to achieve this as far as possible, but I do not have any means of testing it with all the dozens of browsers out there. When I think I have managed it with a page I'll include this paragraph at the end and a suitable logo at the top. If you have trouble viewing any page on this site, especially a page including this paragraph, please let me know (see my contact page), and tell me what browser (name and version) and what operating system you are using, so I can try to do something about it. Thanks.

Main links within this site:

Jim's Jottings Home Page | An URGENT appeal for help

Running & Jogging for Ordinary People | Jim Fisher Summary Biography | Computers

Genealogy and Family History | Useful General Resources | Gardening with Strange Ideas | Humour?

Investment | Politics and Philosophy | Organisations with a Mission | Science

Wildlife | Map of This Site | Contact me

Top of this page

This page last updated 2nd December 1996