But a decade had passed, and Cosby had mellowed, and when he was offered the prize for a third time in 2009, he accepted.
But time and experience have mellowed the 54-year-old Oldman and sharpened his acting.
Now, at the age of 46, he has been mellowed by an all-access pass to literary America, winning most of the prizes around.
But for anyone who dreamed that Benedict had mellowed with age, the decision to hang the LCWR out to dry is a rude awakening.
After 30-plus years in show business, Bernhard has mellowed but is no less caustic or connected.
It was indeed a beautiful old church, mellowed into restful beauty by the lapse of years.
The charms of Imogen had been in turn heightened with joy, and mellowed with distress.
As he mellowed into his plaintive history his tears dripped upon the lantern in his lap, and I cried, too, from sympathy.
And I found that it could be baited and mellowed only by a liberal tip.
Tickled by our flattery, and mellowed by the wine, Trimalchio was just about drunk.
mid-15c., melwe "soft, sweet, juicy" (of ripe fruit), perhaps related to melowe, variant of mele "ground grain" (see meal (2)), influenced by Middle English merow "soft, tender," from Old English mearu. Meaning "slightly drunk" is from 1680s. Mellow yellow "banana peel smoked in an effort to get high" is from 1967. Related: Mellowly; mellowness.
1570s, from mellow (adj.). Related: Mellowed; mellowing.