Lynde in 1972, age 46
|Birth name||Paul Edward Lynde|
June 13, 1926|
Mount Vernon, Ohio
|Died||January 11, 1982
Beverly Hills, California
|Resting place||Amity Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio|
|Medium||Comedian, TV personality, actor, voice artist|
|Alma mater||Northwestern University|
Comedy is exaggerated realism. It can be stretched to the almost ludicrous, but it must always be believable.
The dining room in my old house was truly magnificent, but by far the worst room for conversation. I'd get up from the table, a very long table, and somebody would always say, Paul, I never got to talk to you.
The doctor's name was Sylvia. I told her she'd have a problem with me because Sylvia was my mother's name.
I don't always prepare such rich meals. Sometimes I'll just serve a simple quiche, salad and dessert for dinner. During the week I try to eat lightly.
I sang in the choir for years, even though my family belonged to another church.
My kitchen is not a place to live in. I made it white so I can tell instantly if it's not clean-and I like it clean enough to be able to eat off the floors-or the tables, for that matter.
I feel now it's useless to keep hoping. The way things are today, we live in a world that needs laughter, and I've decided if I can make people laugh, I'm making a more important contribution.
My dad was a ham, too. He could sell those women anything. Of all his sons, I was the only one he could trust to sell as well as he could. I was proud of that.
I don't know who the hell Paul Lynde is, or why he's funny, and I prefer it to be a mystery to me.
I have this beautiful antique silver wine decanter that I bought at an auction. I always pour wine from that.
A closet full of wire hangers can be the most dangerous place in the world.
An actor shouldn't undergo psychoanalysis, because there are a lot of things you're better off not knowing.
I may find something that looks interesting and then go on to alter the recipe by adding spices, things of my own. I also look for time-saving recipes, dishes that can be prepared ahead and stored.
My table seats eight, so that's my maximum. Having a small number of guests is the only way to generate good conversation. Besides, your whole house doesn't get wrecked that way.
It was the worst moment of my life. The producer came up and talked me back into going on stage.
Politicians… talk in generalities and lies, and I think they've caused all our grief. They're so awful, they're really funny. I hate thinking this because my dad loved politics.
When I said I didn't have a cent, I didn't. I used to get annoyed with people who said they were broke when they had five dollars.
Learning lines is on my mind until I do know them. I'll read the paper or paint the house to keep from starting to memorize. I've never found an easy way.
If I ever completely lost my nervousness I would be frightened half to death.
A room is like a stage. If you see it without lighting, it can be the coldest place in the world.
I often go on a liquid fast a couple of days a week. I never take just water. Instead, I'll have maybe six glasses of vegetable and fruit juices a day.
The whole romantic part of my life was a wipeout. I didn't even own a belt.