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Wikipedia: Sylvia Miles
Sylvia Miles (born September 9, c. 1932) is an American film, stage and television actress, twice nominated for an Academy Award. She was born and raised in Greenwich Village, where her father was a furniture maker.
Wayland Flowers and his puppet Madame first uttered the widely quoted line “Sylvia Miles and Andy Warhol would attend the opening of a sewer”. Another source quotes Flowers as saying, “Sylvia Miles would attend the opening of an envelope”, while in 1976, People Magazine repeated the same joke without offering a source.
Wikipedia: Buddy Cianci
Vincent Albert “Buddy” Cianci, Jr. (/siˈænsi/, see-an-see; Italian pronunciation: [ˈtʃaŋtʃi], chahn-chee; born April 30, 1941) is an American politician who served as the mayor of Providence, Rhode Island from 1975 to 1984 and again from 1991 to 2002. Cianci is the longest-serving mayor of Providence, and one of the longest-serving “big city” mayors in United States history, having held office for over 21 years.
Notably, he was forced to resign from office twice due to felony convictions. His first administration ended in 1984 when he pleaded guilty to assault. His second stint as mayor ended when he was forced to resign following his conviction for racketeering conspiracy (running a corrupt criminal enterprise), and he served four years in federal prison.
Cianci was well known as an extremely charismatic and media-savvy politician. His propensity to attend parades, weddings, public events, and backyard neighborhood barbecues led to a common joke during his tenure that Cianci would jump to attend the opening of an envelope.
October 18, 1976 Vol. 6 No. 16
What Would a Manhattan Party Be Without the Ubiquitous Sylvia Miles?
By Judy Kessler
She shows up at premieres, screenings, receptions, teas and charity cocktail parties. The joke is that Sylvia Miles would attend the opening of an envelope.
Google News Archive
5 June 1984, Rome (GA) News-Tribune, “Night of the full moon” by James Brady, pg. 4, col. 3:
There are New Yorkers who will attend the opening of an envelope.
But Enough About You
By Cynthia Heimel
New York, NY: Simon & Schuster
People have said that Sylvia would attend the opening of an envelope. This is not true. There are no VIP areas or free drink tickets involved in envelope openings.
The Prince of Providence:
The Rise and Fall of Buddy Cianci, America’s Most Notorious Mayor, Some Wiseguys and the Feds
By Mike Stanton
New York, NY: Random House
Cianci was a spellbinding speaker and ubiquitous politician who. in a line borrowed from Andy Warhol. joked that he would attend the opening of an envelope.
The Mammoth Book of Insults
By Geoff Tibballs
London: Constable & Robinson Ltd.
She was so hungry for publicity that she would attend the opening of an envelope.
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