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  • She also produced Bell, Book and Candle (1950), The Chalk Garden (1955), and The Complaisant Lover (1961), among others.

    Irene Mayer Selznick.

  • Complaisant bureaucrats, only following orders, are "carefully reviewing the contents" of that 16-page report submitted months ago, and others are "continuing internal consultations" on the upcoming meetings in Rome.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • Although she became a producer in the theater rather than in films, she attained success comparable to that of her father and former husband, counting among her credits Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, John Van Druten's Bell, Book and Candle, Enid Bagnold's The Chalk Garden, and Graham Greene's The Complaisant Lover.

    Her Way

  • Complaisant, if with such motive, a Flatterer: he that is deficient and in all instances unpleasant, Quarrelsome and Cross.

    Ethics

  • Complaisant still were his words to his Burgundian cousin, but the moment was drawing near when his efforts to circumvent him were no longer secret.

    Charles the Bold

  • Complaisant historians express their admiring wonder at these

    Rashi

  • "Complaisant!" she exclaimed, opening her lovely eyes.

    A Fair Barbarian

  • Lee his manager a great favourite, was as Complaisant; Herewith I Send -- you the order of Councel that brought this Case upon tryal, I also send you --

    Letter from Robert Carter to William Cage, Esqr., July 28, 1725

  • For to relish that Gravity with equal Agreeableness, and join so much of the Complaisant to that Height of the Severe, is as great as difficult.

    Pliny's Epistles in Ten Books: Volume 1, Books 1-6

  • And therefore making a vertue of Necessity, I began to be more Complaisant to my Inamorato then I had been formerly; which quickly won his heart to that degree, that in a short time after we were married -- And tho the first Night that I went to Bed with him, I was a Maid, and so knew nothing of that which a new Married couple ought to do, more then what Nature dictated; yet I then thought he went about his Business like a Fumbler, and did that little which he did, at such a rate, it had almost as good have been let alone; for what he did, serv'd only to stir up in me greater Desire for what he couldn't do.

    The London-Bawd: With Her Character and Life Discovering the Various and Subtle Intrigues of Lewd Women

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