Candice Bergen, Marlo Thomas and their wowOwow friends dish on whether or not to lend expensive things
This week we asked them: How generous are you with your own possessions when it comes to your family? What about your friends? Would you lend a piece of jewelry? A car? A house? Where are your limits?
You can find their full responses on wowowow.com
Candice Bergen: Of course I lend everything and my friends lend back. Especially in the old days. Ali MacGraw lent me a strapless Halston to wear to the Golden Globes in the days before we all had stylists and when I could still fit into her stuff ... I do not lend money ...
Marlo Thomas: I loan anything to my family and pals, provided they take care of it. But if they mess it up-in the words of George W, "If you fool me once shame on you. If you fool me ...you can't uh ...get ...uh.. fooled again...er..."
Cynthia McFadden: I have loaned cars, houses, jewelry and clothes with pleasure. The results have always been happy. I have learned not to loan money, give it, or don't do it.
Judith Martin: Anything, as long as no one tries to sit at my desk. I even resent it when a member of the family is sitting there ...
Joan Ganz Cooney: Where family is concerned I have no rules and lend whatever is needed; with friends and employees I have many times lent money.
Mary Wells: I am not asked for anything except money or the use of a house. There has been only one thing I have resented - but it wasn't lending, it was being taken over. I had a little port at my house in France ... Every morning I would put down my blue and white beach towels. Within an hour strangers would be on them oiling themselves. I paid a hefty French tax for that little piece of cement ...
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