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Inhaltsangabe: A probing biography of one of television's greatest stars moves beyond Gleason's much-publicized reputation as a bon vivant to identify the brooding, dissatisfied star underneath. By the author of James Baldwin: Artist on Fire. Tour.
From Kirkus Reviews: Pleasant but lightweight life of fat Ralph Kramden's creator, by the author of Salman Rushdie (1990), James Baldwin (1989), etc. Weatherby apparently twisted a scotch bottle dry with Gleason a number of times, starting back in Gleason's heyday, 1961, when the comedian was already questioning the value of gaining the world and would solemnly quote Shakespeare at length. Orson Welles dubbed Gleason ``the Great One'' and hoped someday to direct him as Falstaff, while Gleason tried to talk Welles into making Citizen Gleason. Weatherby has nailed the right interviews (Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, Milton Berle, Frank Sinatra, Mickey Rooney, Paul Newman, and others), but even so one can feel paste at the joins. Abandoned at nine by his father and an orphan at 19, Bushwick-born Gleason was stage-struck at seven, working as a stand-up comedian in his teens. Early marriage to a fellow Catholic he could not divorce brought him two daughters and long pain. Gleason bloomed in bistros, especially Toots Shor's, and always picked up the check, even when broke. Ralph Kramden, with his Depression-era kitchen, was the longest-running in a stable of Gleason creations, and when the comedian decided to stop doing Kramden at the height of his glory, CBS was stunned. Gleason said he feared running dry, as good an explanation as any. As a character actor, he enjoyed a mostly successful film career (e.g., as pool-shark Minnesota Fats in The Hustler) and did some hit stage turns. Late in life, the release of 120 ``lost'' early episodes of The Honeymooners he'd kept in an air-conditioned vault brought him renewed fame. Gleason died of cancer in 1987 at age 71. Gleason is an ever-compelling major comedian who still awaits the serious biographical attention given Keaton, Chaplin, and Laurel and Hardy. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
Buchbeschreibung Pharos Books, 1992. Buchzustand: Good. 1st Printing. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP92306202
Buchbeschreibung Pharos Books, 1992. Buchzustand: Very Good. 1st Printing. N/A. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP11315919
Buchbeschreibung Pharos Books, 1992. Buchzustand: Good. 1st Printing. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP9321324
Buchbeschreibung Pharos Books. Hardcover. Buchzustand: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2760634352
Buchbeschreibung Pharos Books, 1992. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers mon0001476743
Buchbeschreibung Pharos Books, 1992. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SONG0886876559
Buchbeschreibung Pharos Books, 1992. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Fair, a reviewer's end page pencil notes and margin lines. Solid binding, very good covers. Very good dust jacket. Sold AS IS, do not purchase if condition is important to you. ; Photographs.; 253 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 34555
Buchbeschreibung Pharos Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1992. Hard Cover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. Scratch, Rubbings, Soiling, sm. tear. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 33553
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Buchbeschreibung Pharos Books, nd (1992), c1992, 1992. 1st Edition, boards & cloth w/gilt spine titles, fine w/dj, 253 pp w/index, select bibliography & chronology, B & W photographic illus., tall 8vo, 'An Intimate Portrait of The Great One'. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 91238