Growing up laughing : my story and the story of funny

by Thomas, Marlo.

Format: Large Print 2010
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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ACLA Mobile Library Services Large Print Books LP BIO THOM
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Large Print Non-Fiction LP 92 THOMAS Marlo
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Oakmont Carnegie Library Biography LP B THO
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The award-winning actress and #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author shares her funny and heartwarming stories of a life filled with laughter. Woven throughout the book are her interviews with America's most beloved comedians about how they, too, found the funny in their lives.
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
Series Thorndike Press large print biography series.
Subjects Thomas, Marlo.
Actors -- United States -- Biography.
American wit and humor -- 21st century.
Large type books.
Publisher Detroit, Mich. :Thorndike Press,2010
Edition Large print 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."
Description 543 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781410430731 (hardcover)
1410430731 (hardcover)
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