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Growing up laughing : my story and the story of funny

by Thomas, Marlo.

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 19 Libraries 19 of 19 copies
Available (19)
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Bethel Park Public Library Biography 92 THOMAS Marlo
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  92 THOMAS Marlo
 
 
Bridgeville Public Library Biography 92 THO
Location  Bridgeville Public Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  92 THO
 
 
C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Non Fiction 92 Thomas
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
 
Collection  Non Fiction
 
Call Number  92 Thomas
 
 
CLP - Allegheny Regional Non-Fiction Collection PN2287.T37 A3 2010
Location  CLP - Allegheny Regional
 
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
 
Call Number  PN2287.T37 A3 2010
 
 
CLP - Knoxville Biographies PN2287.T37 A3 2010
Location  CLP - Knoxville
 
Collection  Biographies
 
Call Number  PN2287.T37 A3 2010
 
 
CLP - Squirrel Hill Biographies PN2287.T37 A3 2010
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
 
Collection  Biographies
 
Call Number  PN2287.T37 A3 2010
 
 
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Biography B T365
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  B T365
 
 
Clairton Public Library Biography B T37
Location  Clairton Public Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  B T37
 
 
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Non Fiction 92 THOMAS
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
 
Collection  Non Fiction
 
Call Number  92 THOMAS
 
 
Community Library of Castle Shannon Biography 92 THOMAS Marlo
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  92 THOMAS Marlo
 
 
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Biography 92 THO
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  92 THO
 
 
Cooper-Siegel Community Library - Sharpsburg Biography 92 THO
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library - Sharpsburg
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  92 THO
 
 
Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 791.45028092 THOMAS
Location  Monroeville Public Library
 
Collection  Non-fiction
 
Call Number  791.45028092 THOMAS
 
 
Northern Tier Regional Library Biography BIO THOMAS
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  BIO THOMAS
 
 
Northland Public Library Biography B THOMAS
Location  Northland Public Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  B THOMAS
 
 
Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 791.45 THO
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  791.45 THO
 
 
Pleasant Hills Public Library Nonfiction 92 THOMAS Marlo
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
 
Collection  Nonfiction
 
Call Number  92 THOMAS Marlo
 
 
Plum Community Library Adult Biography 92 THO
Location  Plum Community Library
 
Collection  Adult Biography
 
Call Number  92 THO
 
 
Scott Township Library Biography B THOMAS MARLO
Location  Scott Township Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  B THOMAS MARLO
 
 
Summary
Born to comedy royalty, Marlo Thomas is one of the few people in show business to grow up surrounded by the greatest entertainers of her time. In a funny, honest and heart-warming memoir, she now shares stories of growing up as Danny Thomas' daughter and becoming a beloved comedian in her own right. In addition to her own reminiscences, Marlo includes her personal conversations and interviews with today's A-list comedians, including Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Jerry Seinfeld, Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Rivers and more.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Thomas, star of the classic sitcom That Girl and daughter of comedy legend Danny Thomas, has taken an interesting approach to the usual Hollywood memoir. Chapters exploring her life as the daughter of comedy royalty, and her struggles to establish an independent identity for herself, alternate with profiles of contemporary comedians (Seinfeld, Leno, Stiller, Rock, Crystal, Rivers, Williams, Fey, Wright, and Colbert, among others). We see how her father inspired her, and we also see how he inspired the professionals who came after him. Thomas' personal stories are heartwarming and entertaining. Her father, who came by his legendary status by dint of hard work and perfect delivery, comes across as a driven man who always made time for his family and who never made any secret of the fact that he loved his little girl. It was a privileged childhood, to be sure, and you can't help being a little envious of someone who grew up around the likes of Milton Berle, George Burns, and Sid Caesar. The profiles of other comedians allow us to see Danny Thomas through others' eyes, too, offering a different perspective on the man and his legacy. An engaging, highly informative memoir definitely not the routine show-biz autobiography.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Some know her as the star of the 1960s TV show That Girl, or creator of Free to Be... You and Me, or perhaps major fund-raiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Thomas, author of five bestselling books, here focuses on a role she's had her entire life: daughter. Laughter was the soundtrack for Thomas's formative years in 1950s Beverly Hills. Her father, comedian Danny Thomas, regularly had funny friends-including Bob Hope, Sid Caesar, and George Burns-over to the family home. The author, actress, feminist, and philanthropist shares fond memories of enjoying and learning from these comedy luminaries, and of being a Hollywood kid long before game-changers like the Internet and cable TV. She chronicles her path from childhood to adulthood; particularly interesting tidbits include her meeting and marrying Phil Donahue, becoming friends with Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug, and, with her siblings, "producing" her father's funeral. But this book is more than a well-written memoir. Thomas also includes interviews with comedy powerhouses galore, from Tina Fey to Alan Alda, Chris Rock to Ben and Jerry Stiller. On the whole, this book offers a delightful firsthand look at how comedy has become integral to American culture-and the way it's shaped one woman's colorful life. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Thomas, Marlo.
Actors -- United States -- Biography.
American wit and humor -- 21st century.
Comedians -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Hyperion,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes "With guest appearances by Alan Alda, Joy Behar, Sid Caesar, Stephen Colbert, Billy Crystal, Tina Fey, Larry Gelbart, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, Jay Leno, George Lopez, Elaine May, Conan O'Brien, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Ben & Jerry Stiller, Lily Tomlin, Robin Williams, Steven Wright."-- T.p.
Description x, 382 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781401323912
140132391X
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