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  George Orwell (Eric Blair), studying his cigarette. In his most famous book, '1984', he wrote about cigarettes as only a smoker can do.
  Günter Grass, winner of the 1999 Nobel prize in Literature, enjoying his pipe.
'The Tin Drum' ('Die Blechtrommel' in German), is one of his most famous books.
  Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), the Irish dramatist, novelist and poet, who wrote plays and novels such as 'The Importance of Being Earnest' and 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'.
He left us many quotes about life, luck, women, money, America and more. I think they are an absolute must-read. Maybe you can use them to cover up health warnings. (More about this on my 'Tips' page.)
This one about smoking however, is the spiciest of them all: "A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?"
Wilde must have been the world's most notorious cigarette smoker! This anecdote was mailed to me by Wilde specialist Peri Sword:
On the opening night of his first successful play, 'Lady Windemere's Fan', when the audience called out: "Author! Author!", he strode onto the stage, calmy puffing on a cigarette, which just wasn't done in those Victorian times!
  French author/philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.
  John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892 - 1973), writer of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings". His books have been translated into over 24 languages and have sold many millions of copies world-wide.
  Georges Simenon (1903 - 1989), the Belgian writer who got famous for his countless Inspector Maigret books.
Interesting detail: His fictional inspector was born in a bar in Delfzijl (Netherlands), having a drink and a smoke.
  Pity that I haven't found a picture of gorgeous J.K. (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling, smoking a cigarette. She has written many of her Harry Potter books as a smoker. After she quit smoking she became a Nicorette chewing gum addict.
  In my opinion, American writer Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835 - 1910) got most famous for his numerous quotes. About the 'truth' the health fascists of his days proclaimed he said:

"There are lies, damned lies and statistics."

Stunning to see that not much has changed since the days of Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn!
  Albert Camus (1913 - 1960), the French author/philosopher of Algerian descent. He got famous for novels such as 'The Stranger' ('L'Etranger') and theatre productions like 'Caligula'.
(Note: The 1979 movie with the same title is not based on Camus' play.)
Van Gogh
  Controversial Dutch writer, cineast and freedom fighter Theo van Gogh. He was shot and stabbed (call it ritually slaughtered) in the middle of an Amsterdam street on 2 November 2004 by an Islamic extremist.
Theo spoke his mind freely, and he made movies the way he wanted. His most famous movie, 'Submission', was also his final. He made that movie together with Somali-born politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
  Italian journalist, author, and political interviewer Oriana Fallaci (1929 - 2006) always spoke her mind freely:

"There are moments in life when keeping silent becomes a fault, and speaking an obligation. A civic duty, a moral challenge, a categorical imperative from which we cannot escape."
  Irish writer C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898 - 1963) is known for his work on medieval literature, for his Christian apologetics and for his fiction books, especially the children's series entitled 'The Chronicles of Narnia'.
  Politically engaged German writer, poet and theatre director Bertolt Brecht (1898 - 1956).

  Novelist Kurt Vonnegut (1922 - 2007), possibly best known for his book 'Slaughterhouse-Five' in which he describes his experiences as an American prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany.

Singers, actors and actresses
  Beautiful Italian actress, Monica Bellucci (1964) originally pursued a career in the legal profession. While studying at the university, she modelled on the side to earn some extra money, which led to her modelling career. In 1988, she moved to Milan, and joined a model agency.
Although enjoying great success as a model, she made her acting debut on TV in 1990. Her roles in Italian and French movies finally shot her to international stardom.
She acted for instance in 'Tears of the Sun' (2003), 'The Matrix Reloaded' (2003), 'The Matrix Revolutions' (2003) and Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ' (2004).
  After 20 years, Joe Jackson has finally left New York 'in utter dusgust' and returned to the UK. The reason why he decided to leave is quite clear: It was the political correctness of New York with its restrictions on dancing in bars and nightclubs, its 'Disneyfied' Times Square and most of all its total smoking bans. "Bartenders who were friends have turned into cops", he said.
He made quite a few statements about freedom of choice, smoking and 2nd hand smoke. Since this is an image gallery, I will not quote them all here. Please read his New York Times article and his statement on the smoking issue.
  Searching for a smoking picture of British actor Christopher Lee, I found this one of him as Count Dracula, surrounded by smoke! At first I had to laugh, but later on I realised that this picture shows us something the antis will never believe: 2nd hand smoke does not kill!
(Our very early ancestors already knew that, of course. To them, fire and smoke meant protection, warmth, light, a place to cook, togetherness and so on. In other words: Survival!)
Christopher Lee has appeared in way too many movies to mention. In several movies he portrayed Dracula and Sherlock Holmes, he appeared in the Bond movie 'The Man with the Golden Gun', 'Star Wars - Episode 2', 'Lord of the Rings' and many, many more.
I have reasons to believe that his cigars keep him alive and kicking.
  Whoopi Goldberg (IRL: Caryn Elaine Johnson) seems to have become the symbol of people who are sick and tired of North American puritanism and political correctness.
  James Dean uncensored. This is the way we all remember him. Shame on US Postage for issuing a stamp with his cigarette removed!
  Demi Moore, enjoying her after dinner cigar. Good girl!
  It's hard to imagine Keith Richards without a cigarette. He seems to send a message to the anti smoking lobby.
Warning: Smoking may cause the best Rock & Roll ever!
  British born Hollywood actress, Elizabeth (Liz) Taylor, is possibly best known for her numerous marriages.
Not so widely known is the fact that this elegant smoking actress was the first to receive 1 million US Dollars for one single movie: 1963's 'Cleopatra'.
  Robert Palmer (1949 - 2003), the rock singer who died way too young of a heart attack at the age of only 54.
Hearing one of his songs on the radio, I always think back to my school exams in 1978. He had his first hit in the Netherlands with 'Best of Both Worlds' during that time.
Of course, the antis will make us believe that his death was caused by his smoking only. As I am not a doctor, I can't exclude anything, but we all know that the lives of pop and rock singers may be very turbulent and stressy. I think that a combination of these two things have led to a burn-out that has finally caused a heart attack that killed him.
Warning: Burn-out kills!
  Sophia Loren, sex symbol of the 50's and 60's, has smoked in many movies as well as IRL.
Warning: Smoking makes Italian women extra attractive!
  'Titanic' actress Kate Winslet prefers to roll her own cigarettes. I always thought that rolling cigarettes was as Dutch as can be, but since Kate was born in Wales, I assume that rolling is something typically Welsh too.
Warning: Smoking will not cause any boat to sink!
  Raquel Welch appeared on the cover of the July/Aug 2001 editon of Cigar Aficionado magazine.
  Italian heavyweight Luciano Pavarotti must be a real aficionado.
  Smoking does not make people ugly! French actress Catherine Deneuve (born in 1943) smokes a cigarette at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival. It's not impossible that Nicole Kidman (three pictures down) met Catherine in Berlin, and followed her example.
Warning: Smoking may cause lifelong beauty in French women!
  Ex Spice Girl Geri Halliwell backstage, smoking a cigar.
  In more than 200 movies made over 50 years, smoker John Wayne (1907 - 1979) saddled up to become the greatest figure of one of America's greatest native art forms: the Western.
  Nicole Kidman shook the planet, and she didn't even have to throw her legs in the air to do so! She simply smoked a cigarette during a press conference at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
Warning: Smoking may cause long, sexy legs in Australian women!
  The Man in Black, Johnny Cash (1933 - 2003), who stood up for the prisoners, the poor and the native American Indians.
Every time I see this image of an Indian tobacco shop owner, taken in July 2003 on Narragansett tribal land (Rhode Island, USA), I find myself humming these words from 'Navajo', one of those great Johnny Cash songs: "I don't need a sign post reading 'Reservation', I know this minute I'm on Indian land."
Pity that officials and police seem to have the freedom to violate their own treaties with the Indians when it comes to tobacco-related issues. Shame!!!
I hope to meet Johnny and his wife June somewhere on 'The far-side banks of Jordan'. (A song he recorded together with June.)
  Sexy Australian singer Holly 'Kiss Kiss' Valance.
  American actor, producer and director Mel Gibson (1956) has shown us that the Bible is an adult book! In churches we usually see depictions of Jesus hanging peacefully on the cross, but this was absolutely not the case!
To me it seems that smokers are searchers for truth: A crucifixion is the most horrible death one can imagine! This is not a bed time story; this is 18+ !!!
  Oops, she did it again! Britney Spears has become most famous for the things she likes to do in public, such as smoking!
Warning: Smoking in public may cause serious trouble to your skirt and underpants!
  Even though Joanna Lumley appeared in many movies and TV series, most people will immediately recognise her as John Steed's assistant Purdey from 'The Avengers'.
  What does sexy Colombian singer Shakira do in her free time???
  David Carradine (1936) seems to address the antis with this picture, as he wrote on it: "Peace, you idiots."
He played in way too many movies and TV productions to mention here, but who does not remember him as Kwai Chang "Kung Fu" Caine?
  New Zealand born actor Russell "Gladiator" Crowe.
  In June 2005, Austrian born actress Sybil Danning (Sybille Danninger, 1952) wrote the following to the attendees of the International Smokers' Rights Conference:

"In Europe where I am from, people eat, drink, and smoke with no problems. In my opinion, the problems in America for the SMOKING issue are the LOBBYISTS and ATTORNEYS!"

Thanks for your support, Sybil!

Image: © Sybil Danning.
  Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Brel (1929 - 1978) had a way of writing pure and honest songs. He never denied his roots for instance, and he kept singing about his flat land as a reference to the Northern part of Belgium, even though he lived most of his life in Paris.
Some of his songs were translated (and adapted) and picked up by other artists. "Seasons In The Sun", "Port Of Amsterdam" and "If You Go Away" are possibly the best examples.

Oil painting by Claude Chaboud.
  Possibly America's best known singer: Frank "The Voice" Sinatra (1915 - 1998).
  British pop singer Robbie Williams (1974) does not have problems with his habit. In "Strong" he even sings: "My breath smells of a thousand fags."
  Canadian singer/songwriter, Avril "You're So Complicated" Lavigne, sends a clear message to the health fascists. Thanks, Avril, you're great!
Brosnan and Berry
  Irish actor Pierce Brosnan (1953) complains he has to travel to London to enjoy cigarettes and alcohol with friends, because the anti smoking law has destroyed pub culture in his homeland.
This picture is a "Die Another Day" screenshot with a smoking Brosnan (007) and sexy Halle Berry.
  Italian actress Claudia Cardinale (1938) played in dozens of Italian as well as American movies between the late fifties and early nineties.
  Norma Jean Baker alias Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962).

"Your candle burned out long before your legend ever did."
("Candle In The Wind" - Elton John / Bernie Taupin)

Warning: Some female smokers die at an early age!
  American actress Meg Ryan (Margaret Hyra, 1961) smokes in many movies as well as IRL.
  How could I ever forget to add him to this Gallery! Singer/songwriter, ex-Beatle and of course freedom fighter John Lennon (1940 -1980).
  Classy Pat Benatar (1953), smoking a cigarette during a live performance in a club (date and location unknown).
  Paul Weller, singer/songwriter, and leader of two successful British bands: The Jam and The Style Council.
  Frank Zappa (1940 - 1993) was possibly most famous for his lyrics and quotes. Personally, I think this quote about his homeland is the best one:

"The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced."
  American comedian (famed as 'master of wit') and movie star Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx (1890 - 1977).
  Virginia Plain, Love Is The Drug, Dance Away, More Than This, Avalon... I'm sure I forgot to mention quite a few other great songs. This is Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry.
  Al Pacino (1940), who played a fantastic role as Michael Corleone in 'The Godfather Trilogy'.
  You must come from another planet if you don't know the songs The Times They Are A-Changin' and Blowin' In The Wind. Indeed, here's is the one and only Bob Dylan (1941).
  Miles Davis (1926 - 1991), one of the best American jazz musicians ever.
  Brigitte Bardot (1934), undoubtedly the most famous and most beautiful French actress God has ever created!
  Jim Croce (1943 - 1973) has left us many unforgettable songs such as Time in a Bottle, Lover's Cross, I'll have to say I love you in a Song and I got a Name.
Unfortunately, a small airplane has proven to be more deadly than his cigars...

  George Burns (1896 - 1996) was the stage name of Nathan Birnbaum. He was a legendary Jewish American comedian who went on to work in movies, radio, and early TV.
He became well-known for his longevity, despite an affinity for alcohol and cigars!

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