The Movie: Chicago, 2002 (Bill Condon, screenwriter, from the musical by Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb, from the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins; Rob Marshall, dir.)
Who says it: Catherine Zeta-Jones as murderous showgirl Velma Kelly
The context: Velma is trying to recruit fellow murderess Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) to become part of Velma's sister act.
How to use it: To get some assistance.
Even the Answer Girl needs a break once in a while. I'm traveling for the next week, combined work and vacation, and my Internet access will be unreliable. Therefore, with this posting, I'm turning things over to my old friend and colleague Tom Ehrenfeld. Tom is a business writer and consultant who is the godfather of this blog (see the earliest posting for details), and I trust him to bring you excellent quotations during the week ahead.
Tom and I have been friends since doing a production of The Diviners together in the winter of 1984; I played Norma, the fanatically religious shopkeeper, and he played Gus, the philosophical farmer. Tom's one of the very few people who call me both Ellen and Clair, which confuses everyone but us. He and his wife, Hetchen, and their kids, Lucy and Hayley, have helped make me feel welcome to New England.
So please return the favor, and make Tom feel welcome here -- and Tom, thanks, we'll add this favor to my tab.