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Who said:

“When a man marries his mistress, he creates a job vacancy”:

a) David Lloyd George

b) Sir James Goldsmith

c) Henry VIII

d) John of Gaunt

e) Edward IV


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5 thoughts on “Who said:

  1. Susan MacDonald on said:

    I lay odds on Henry VIII


  2. A or B I don’t think the others would understand the concept of job vacancy


  3. adie on said:

    B: Sir James Goldsmith


  4. It was indeed Sir James Goldsmith.


  5. Alan White on said:

    Sir James Goldsmith certainly used the phrase, and is often quoted as doing so, but he appears to have borrowed the saying from the Russian-born, French “bon viveur” Sacha Guitry (1885-1957). He was a “French stage actor, film actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright of the Boulevard theatre.”

    Guitry’s family life was almost as complicated as Goldsmith’s; he married five times. The quote is mentioned a magazine article on Goldsmith [“Billionaire with a Cause” by Sally Bedell Smith, Vanity Fair (May 1997)]

    “… in 1976 Goldsmith’s unusual conjugal lifestyle became public knowledge — an arrangement that has been immortalized by his oft quoted quip, ‘When a man marries his mistress, he creates a job vacancy.’ Goldsmith admits the quote was coined by the French actor and playwright Sacha Guitry, who was married five times. After once offering a translation at a dinner party, Goldsmith was tagged with its authorship. ‘I regret not having said it myself,’ he says. ‘It is quite funny. What can I do except laugh about it?’ ”

    For Guitry:


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