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King of the night : the life of Johnny Carson

Author: Laurence Leamer; William Morrow and Company.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow and Co., ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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More than seven hundred interviews with ex-wives, friends, and business assocites provide a wealth of details about late-night television talk show host Johnny Carson, detailing his rise from obscurity to national fame.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Leamer, Laurence.
King of the night.
New York : Morrow, ©1989
(OCoLC)597383237
Named Person: Johnny Carson; Johnny Carson; Johnny Carson; Johnny Carson; Johnny Carson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurence Leamer; William Morrow and Company.
ISBN: 0688074049 : 9780688074043
OCLC Number: 19397012
Notes: Includes half title page and table of contents.
Full page plates are included in pagination.
Description: 448 pages : plates, photographs ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Laurence Leamer.

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More than seven hundred interviews with ex-wives, friends, and business assocites provide a wealth of details about late-night television talk show host Johnny Carson, detailing his rise from obscurity to national fame.

Johnny Carson was a phenomenon, the most successful performer in the history of television. For the better part of three decades, the enormously popular host of "The Tonight Show" was welcomed into millions of American homes -- as a friend, an entertainer, and an inexhaustibly sage and witty commentator on our lives and times. But there was a dark side to this charming and inscrutable enigma that only those closest to Carson ever saw -- a sadness, mistrust, and cruelty behind the glitter and glamour, intensified by a lifelong pursuit of power, wealth, and fame. Based on more than two years of intensive research including more than 700 personal interviews with ex-wives, ex-friends, colleagues, and celebrities -- with all-new, never-before-published material on Johnny's post-"Tonight Show" life, from his retirement through his final days -- Laurence Learner's King of the Night is an intimate and powerful portrait of an unforgettable personality, at once a tribute and a revelation. -- Publisher description

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