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Funny man : Mel Brooks

Author: Patrick McGilligan
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage company, 2019. ©2019
Series: Thorndike Press large print biographies and memoirs.
Edition/Format:   book_largeprint : Biography : English : Large print editionView all editions and formats
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"The fourth and last child of Max and Kitty Kaminsky, Mel Brooks was born on his family's kitchen table in Brooklyn, New York, in 1926, and was not quite three-years-old when his father died of tuberculosis. Growing up in a household too poor to own a radio, Mel was short and homely, a mischievous child whose birth role was to make the family laugh. Beyond boyhood, after transforming himself into Mel Brooks, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Large type books
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Mel Brooks; Mel Brooks
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick McGilligan
ISBN: 9781432866778 143286677X
OCLC Number: 1091236222
Description: 905 pages (large print), 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1926 : Little World --
1944 : Big world --
1949 : Funny is money --
1952 : Dreams and nightmares --
1955 : Club Caesar --
1957 : The genius awakes --
1962 : The warm and fuzzy Mel --
1965 : Springtime for Mel --
1967 : Auteur, auteur! --
1971 : Blazing Mel --
1974 : Tops in taps --
1975 : Club Brooks --
1980 : Uneasy lies the head --
1983 : Why so angry? --
1986 : Frolics and detours --
1995 : He who laughs last --
2001 : Unstoppable.
Series Title: Thorndike Press large print biographies and memoirs.
Other Titles: Mel Brooks
Responsibility: by Patrick McGilligan.

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"The fourth and last child of Max and Kitty Kaminsky, Mel Brooks was born on his family's kitchen table in Brooklyn, New York, in 1926, and was not quite three-years-old when his father died of tuberculosis. Growing up in a household too poor to own a radio, Mel was short and homely, a mischievous child whose birth role was to make the family laugh. Beyond boyhood, after transforming himself into Mel Brooks, the laughs that came easily inside the Kaminsky family proved more elusive. His lifelong crusade to transform himself into a brand name of popular humor is at the center of master biographer Patrick McGilligan's Funny Man. In this exhaustively researched and wonderfully novelistic look at Brooks' personal and professional life, McGilligan lays bare the strengths and drawbacks that shaped Brooks' psychology, his willpower, his persona, and his comedy. McGilligan insightfully navigates the epic ride that has been the famous funnyman's life story, from Brooks's childhood in Williamsburg tenements and breakthrough in early television--working alongside Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner--to Hollywood and Broadway peaks (and valleys). His book offers a meditation on the Jewish immigrant culture that influenced Brooks, snapshots of the golden age of comedy, behind the scenes revelations about the celebrated shows and films, and a telling look at the four-decade romantic partnership with actress Anne Bancroft that superseded Brooks' troubled first marriage. Engrossing, nuanced and ultimately poignant, Funny Man delivers a great man's unforgettable life story and an anatomy of the American dream of success"--

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