It's good to be the king : the seriously funny life of Mel Brooks

by Parish, James Robert.

Format: Print Book 2007
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PN2287.B695 P37 2007
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Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PN2287.B695 P37 2007
Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 792.702 PAR
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Collection  Non-Fiction
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This book traces the extraordinary life and career of Mel Brooks, who has ridden a wave of show business success perhaps unsurpassed by anyone of his generation. Offering many insights into the wacky world of Brooks and his many collaborators, as well as an intimate look into his successful marriage to the brilliant and beautiful actress Anne Bancroft, It's Good to Be the King might just be the most delightful, engaging, and entertaining biography you'll ever read.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Parish, author of many books including Katharine Hepburn: The Untold Story and Fiasco: A History of Hollywood's Iconic Flaps), here traces the life and career of mirthmaker Mel Brooks from the Borscht Belt to Broadway. Born Melvin Kaminsky, he grew up as a Brooklyn classroom clown, honing his stage skills in the Catskills before arriving in WWII France as an army combat engineer. The bombastic Brooks clawed his way into early television as a writer for Sid Caesar: "I was aggressive. I was a terrier, a pit bull terrier. I was unstoppable. I would keep going until my joke or my sketch was in the show." Caesar's shows were a launchpad, catapulting Brooks into a multifaceted comedy career that embraced theater (Shinbone Alley) and sitcoms (Get Smart), recordings (the 2000 Year Old Man series) and acting (Mad About You). He began directing in 1968 with The Producers, followed by the equally hilarious Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Along the way, he picked up Emmys, Tonys, a Grammy, an Oscar and Anne Bancroft, whom he married in 1964. Brooks's probing self-insights and clever quotes abound. While his sense of timing, delivery and charming goofiness may not always translate to the written page, readers will be satisfied with the details unearthed by Parish's exhaustive research. 16 b&w photos. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Brooks, Mel, -- 1926-
Comedians -- United States -- Biography.
Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography.
Motion picture producers and directors -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher Hoboken, N.J. :Wiley,2007
Other Titles It is good to be the king
Language English
Description x, 325 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-307) and index.
Includes filmography: pages 287-299.
ISBN 0471752673 (cloth)
9780471752677 (cloth)
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