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Not bad for Delancey Street : the rise of Billy Rose

Author: Mark Cohen
Publisher: Waltham, Massachusetts : Brandeis University Press, [2018]
Series: Brandeis series in American Jewish history, culture, and life.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"He was amazing. 'A little man with a Napoleonic penchant for the colossal and magnificent, Billy Rose is the country's No. 1 purveyor of mass entertainment,' Life magazine announced in 1936. The Times reported that with 1,400 people on his payroll, Rose ran a larger organization than any other producer in America. 'He's clever, clever, clever,' said Rose's first wife, the legendary Fanny Brice. 'He's a smart little  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cohen, Mark, 1956- author.
Not bad for Delancey Street
Waltham, Massachusetts : Brandeis University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018020360
Named Person: Billy Rose; Billy Rose
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Cohen
ISBN: 9781611688900 1611688906
OCLC Number: 1030394221
Description: xvi, 316 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Illustrious ancestors --
Clever Isaac --
Not bad for Delancey Street --
"Since Henry Ford apologized to me" --
Crazy quilt --
A cosmic scale --
Jumbo --
It can't happen here --
Let's play fair --
Saving Kurt Schwarz --
We will never die --
Abracadabra --
A flag is born --
Uncaged tiger --
Israel Museum.
Series Title: Brandeis series in American Jewish history, culture, and life.
Responsibility: Mark Cohen.

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