The $11 Billion Dollar Year w/ Anne Thompson + friends + “ARGO” @ The Egyptian!

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SUNDAY,MARCH 16th @ 6 pm-The EGYPTIAN THEATER – Anne Thompson & “ARGO”!

“The $11 Billion Year” / ARGO

Few people are better equipped to reveal the inner machinations of the film business than Anne Thompson, a former editor at Premiere and The Hollywood Reporter who now runs the popular ThompsonOnHollywood.com site. She puts the industry under the microscope in her new book, The $11 Billion Year, a look at the hits and misses of 2012, which, from Sundance to the Oscars, lays out the current movie ecosystem in captivating detail.

6:00PM – Book Signing Before the discussion, Anne Thompson will sign copies of her new book, The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System, in the lobby from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

7:00PM – “The $11 Billion Year” Join Anne Thompson for a discussion of that exemplary year 2012 and the state of the film industry. She’ll be joined by Kim Masters, Editor-at-Large of the Hollywood Reporter & host of KCRW’s “The Business,” and John Horn of the L.A. Times. (40 min.) Before the discussion, Anne Thompson will sign copies of her new book, The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System, in the lobby from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

Then, enjoy “ARGO” starting at 7:40 pm.

Join Anne Thompson & friends for a discussion of that exemplary year 2012 and the state of the film industry.

We can’t mail you the panel discussion, but as always, we can send you a signed copy of Anne’s book , just give us a call or send us an e-mail and we’ll send Hollywood on home to you.

An Evening with Misty Copeland!

 

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:30pm (Reception 6:15-7:30pm)

An Evening with Misty Copeland Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

William Turner Gallery- Bergamot Station Arts Center -2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS- $20 General Admission/  $40 Includes Copeland’s book + Reserved seat /$95 Includes pre-reception + Copeland’s book + Reserved Seat

When Misty Copeland placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious thirteen-year-old to become a ground­breaking ballerina. When she discovered ballet, Misty was living in a shabby motel room, struggling with her five siblings for a place to sleep on the floor. A true prodigy, she was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first dance class and performing professionally in just over a year — a feat unheard of for any classical dancer. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life (culmi­nating in a highly publicized custody battle), she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in San Pedro, California, she began her ballet studies at the late age of thirteen. At fifteen she won first place in the Music Center (Los Angeles) Spotlight Awards. She studied at the San Francisco Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive on full scholarship and was declared ABT’s National Scholar in 2000. Misty joined ABT’s Studio Company in September 2000, joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001 and in 2007 made history by becoming their third African American Female Soloist and first in two decades. In 2008, Misty was honored with the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts, a two-year fellowship awarded to young artists who exhibit extraordinary talent providing them additional resources in order to attain their full potential. Performing a variety of classical and contemporary roles, Misty’s most important role to date is the title role of “The Firebird” in “Firebird”, created on her in 2012 with new choreography by sought after choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. She was honored with an induction into the Boys & Girls Club National Hall of Fame in May 2012 and received the “Breakthrough Award” from the Council of Urban Professionals in April 2012. She was named National Youth of the Year Ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in June 2013. She received the Young, Gifted & Black honor at the 2013 Black Girls Rock! Awards. Her endorsements past and present include American Express, COACH, Diet Dr. Pepper, BlackBerry, Proactiv, Payless, Capezio, Bloch International, Sansha, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and LaVazza Coffee. In 2014, Under Armour recently announced Misty as one of the new faces of their women’s line.

Her memoir, Life in Motion, is a story of passion and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life. With an insider’s unique point of view, Misty opens a window into the life of a professional bal­lerina who lives life center stage: from behind the scenes at her first auditions to her triumphant roles in some of the most iconic ballets. She also delves deeper to reveal the desire and drive that made her dreams reality.

 

 

 

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Chelsea Handler ! Gwyneth Paltrow ! Live Talks ! “Uganda Be Kidding Me”!

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Larry Edmunds Bookshop is proud to continue our association w/ Live Talks Los Angeles and their outstanding selection of guests & interviewers. Next up , the one & only Chelsea Handler brings her brand  of funny to the Alex Theater . Get your tickets now at :http://livetalksla.org/

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 8:00 pm

An Evening with Chelsea Handler in conversation with Gwyneth Paltrow discussing her new collection of essays, Uganda Be Kidding Me.Handler-book-jacket

The Alex Theatre-216 North Brand Boulevard-Glendale, CA 91203

PURCHASE TICKETS

$25 General Admission

$50 Reserved Seats* + Chelsea Handler’s book, Uganda Be Kidding Me

$75 Premium Seats** + Chelsea Handler’s book

A book signing follows the event.

* At check in, you will get a ticket that gives you access to a reserved block of seats

** At check in, you will get a ticket that gives you access to the premium reserved block of seats

All tickets include Alex Theatre restoration facility fee of $2.00

Chelsea Handler — superstar comedian, bestselling author and host of E!’s late night talk show, “Chelsea Lately” — joins us at the Alex Theatre for a conversation on the occasion of the release of her upcoming book, Uganda Be Kidding Me.

Uganda Be Kidding Me to be released on March 4 is a hilarious and absurd collection of travel essays. Chelsea delivers some of her favorite stories while also giving travelers her (not to be believed) guide to etiquette, hot spots, and answers to some of the most asked travel questions. Wherever Chelsea Handler travels, one thing is certain: she always ends up in the land of the ridiculous. She sneaks her sharp wit through airport security and delivers her most absurd and hilarious stories

On safari in Africa, it’s anyone’s guess as to what’s more dangerous: the wildlife or Chelsea. But whether she’s fumbling the seduction of a guide by not knowing where tigers live (Asia, duh) or wearing a bathrobe into the bush because her clothes stopped fitting seven margaritas ago, she’s always game for the next misadventure.

The situation gets down and dirty as she defiles a kayak in the Bahamas, and outright sweaty as she escapes from a German hospital on crutches. When things get truly scary, like finding herself stuck next to a passenger with bad breath, she knows she can rely on her family to make matters even worse. Thank goodness she has the devoted Chunk by her side-except for the time she loses him in Telluride.

Handler’s bestsellers include: My Horizontal Life: A Collection Of One Night Stands; Are You There, Vodka?  It’s Me, Chelsea; and Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang.

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Flying High @ the Egyptian! It’s “Airport”, “Airport ’75″ & author Mark Carlson w/ “Flying On Film”

Thursday, February 20th @ 6:30 pm-the EGYPTIAN THEATER

Join us at the “Airport” (the world famous Egyptian Theater), on Thursday, February 20th for a night of 70′s epics, “Airport” & “Airport ’75″ along with author Mark Carlson signing & talking about  his book, “Flying On Film-A Century of Aviation In the Movies” and introducing a couple of flights that aren’t going to go so well. All star casts, disaster drama & a great book on some great films. We’ll be flying high @ the Egyptian this Thursday!

The book signing starts at 6:30 pm & the films at the 7:30 pm.

Here’s a little more about the book & author:

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Airplanes and motion pictures were born within a year of one another. In 100 years they have both risen from uncertain infancy through growing adolescence to robust maturity. While Hollywood’s actors and directors learned the art of making movies, the aircraft industry and pilots learned how to conquer the sky. In peace and war, prosperity and depression, the airplanes and motion pictures have become a part of American culture. The relationship was symbiotic. While airplane movies helped sell box office tickets, the movies helped promote aviation. In Flying on Film movie fans and aviation buffs can find their common bond.  From wooden biplanes to armadas of warplanes, from majestic China Clippers to huge 747s, from slow monoplanes to swift jets, the movies told the story of the airplane. William A. Wellman’s 1927 masterpiece Wings was the first of the breed, the standard to be emulated. Flying on Film is the history behind the films. Veterans and aviators from past and present tell the real story of one of the most fascinating genres of motion pictures in Hollywood.

The author did his research well, conducting many interviews with movie pilots, directors, heroes such as the late, great Ralph Parr, and for full disclosure, me. He had guidance from William A. Wellman, Jr. the son of the famous director who combined his flying and film experience to create such great films as the first Oscar winner Wings and eleven others memorable works.

Flying on Film covers many motion pictures that are rarely seen any more, not even on the worthy Turner Classic Movie channel, and its indices provide quick references even to these obscure films. If you like aviation, or films, and particularly if you like aviation films, this book is for you.

One reader commented, “It’s the bible for aviation film fans”.

Mark Carlson is an aviation historian, writer, classic film buff and student of filmmaking. He has written articles for several national aviation magazines and organizations.  As a docent and researcher at the San Diego Air & Space Museum and member of many aviation-related organizations, Carlson has gained an insight into the people who lived the world of airplanes and the movies. He and his wife live in San Diego.

 

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Anna Quindlen talks “Still Life With Bread Crumbs” -It’s Live Talks Los Angeles!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Anna Quindlen in conversation with Meghan Daum discussing  her novel, Still Life with Bread Crum

tickets @ http://livetalksla.org/

Ann and Jerry Moss Theater - Herb Alpert Educational Village - New Roads School -3131 Olympic Blvd.-Santa Monica, CA 9o40

PURCHASE TICKETS -$20 General Admission, $30 Reserved Seats/$40 Includes Quindlen’s book + Reserved seat/$95 Includes Pre-event reception + book + Reserved Seats

ANNA QUINDLEN is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and wrote two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear. She is the author of six novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, and Every Last One. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a #1 New York Times bestseller.  Visit her website.

Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a deeply moving and often very funny story of unexpected love, and a stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer and more exciting than she ever imagined.

MEGHAN DAUM has been an opinion columnist for The Los Angeles Times for more than eight years. She is the author of three books, the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and the memoir Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House. She has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, and Vogue and has contributed to public radio’s Morning Edition and This American Life. In 2013 she served as a mentor in PEN USA’s Emerging Voices program and she has taught at Cal-Arts and Columbia University. Her next book, a collection of original essays about sentimentality in American life, will be published this fall.

 

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Majestic Hollywood! Party like it’s 1939! Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Hollywood’s “Greatest Year”!

 

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THURSDAY,FEBRUARY 13th @ 6:30 pm -the EGYPTIAN THEATER in Hollywood-Party Like It’s 1939 w/ author Mark A. Vieira !

Join us for a classic double bill of films that are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, a year that many have argued is the greatest year in Hollywood history. One thing is for sure, you won’t get short changed when the you’re seeing “Ninotchka” & “Love Affair”. Our friend, the one and only Mark A Vieira will be signing his latest release, “Majestic Hollywood-the Greatest Films of 1939″ in the lobby starting at 6:30 pm, and then he’ll introduce the films as well. Come on down and go back in time a mere 75 years . Just think the Larry Edmunds Bookshop was only 1 year old!

A little more about the book ?

1939 was a watershed year. The Great Depression was barely over; economics, politics, and culture braced for war. There was a lull before the storm and Hollywood, as if expecting to be judged by posterity, produced a portfolio of masterpieces. No year before or since has yielded so many beloved works of cinematic art: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Gunga Din, Only Angels Have Wings, Destry Rides Again, Beau Geste, Wuthering Heights, The Wizard of Oz, Stagecoach, Ninotchka, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Dark Victory, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Women, and of course, Gone With the Wind.

Majestic Hollywood showcases fifty films from this landmark year, with insightful text on the cultural significance of each movie and entertaining plot descriptions. Also included are stories from the legendary artists who made the films: directors William Wellman and John Ford; cinematographers Arthur Miller and Lee Garmes; actors Judy Garland, Rosalind Russell, Ray Milland, Sir Laurence Olivier, and Olivia de Havilland.

This world of entertainment is illustrated by rarely seen images. Made during the most glamorous era in movie history, whether scene stills, behind-the-scenes candids, portraits, or poster art, the photos are as distinctive, evocative, and powerful as the films they were meant to publicize. Presenting the best of these images and the stories behind them, this book is a cavalcade of unforgettable films from 1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year

Hope to see you soon and as our old friend Marvin Paige used to say, “It’s a business doing pleasure with you”!

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P.J. O’Rourke talks about “The Baby Boom” – Live Talks Los Angeles event !

 

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Monday, February 10, 2014  -  8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening  with P. J. O’Rourke in conversation with Annabelle Gurwitch

THE BABY BOOM: How It Got That Way And It Wasn’t My Fault , And I’ll Never Do It Again

William Turner Gallery-Bergamot Station Arts Center

2525 Michigan Avenue,Santa Monica, CA 90404

 

PURCHASE TICKETS- $20 General Admission / $40 Includes O’Rourke’s book + Reserved sea / t$95 Includes pre-reception + O’Rourke’s book, + Reserved Sea

P. J. O’Rourke, one of America’s premier political satirists, is the best-selling author of fifteen books.  He has written for such diverse publications as Automobile, The Weekly Standard, House and Garden, Foreign Policy, The New York Times Book Review, Forbes FYI , Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly.

His best-selling books include Don’t Vote, Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, Eat the Rich, The CEO of the Sofa, Peace Kills and On the Wealth of Nation. Both Time and The Wall Street Journal have called him “the funniest writer in America.”  He frequently appears on television, and is a regular panelist on National Public Radio’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.

In the early 1970’s, P.J. joined The National Lampoon where he became the editor-in-chief and created, with Doug Kenney, the now classic 1964 High School Yearbook Parody.  In the 1980’s, he decided the real world was funnier than anything National Lampoon’s writers could invent, so he became a roving reporter covering crises and conflicts around the world.

Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress and author of  the upcoming book of essays, I See you Made an Effort. Her earlier book, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up, is a self-hurt marital memoir co-written with her husband, Jeff Kahn, now a theatrical play in its third national tour; and Fired! Tales of the Caned, Canceled, Downsized & Dismissed. Her Fired! documentary premiered as a Showtime Comedy Special and played film festivals around the world. Gurwitch gained a loyal comedic following during her numerous years co-hosting the cult favorite, Dinner & a Movie; her acting credits include Dexter, Boston Legal, Seinfeld, Melvin Goes to Dinner, The Shaggy Dog and Not Necessarily The News on HBO. Most recently, she starred in the adaptation of Grace Paley’s A Coney Island Christmas by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies at The Geffen Playhouse. She has served as a regular commentator on NPR and a humorist for TheNation.com. Her writing has appeared in More, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. Gurwitch is a passionate environmentalist, a reluctant atheist, and lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles.Gurwitch-sm

 

 

 

 

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This weekend-It’s Barbara “STAN-WEEK”!

BARBARA STANWYCK -”STAN-WEEK”  w/ author VICTORIA WILSON! 3 different events! 3 different locations!

It is our pleasure to welcome author Victoria Wilson to Los Angeles w/ 3 fantastic events in support of her unbelievable biography, “A Life of Barbara Stanwyck-Steel True-1907-1940)

 

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7th @ LARRY EDMUNDS BOOKSHOP-7:30 pm-Book signing & presentation-”Stanwyck Before Hollywood”

Join us here @ the L.E.B. as author Victoria Wilson signs & gives us an L.A. exclusive presentation on the life of  Barbara Stanwyck before the movies, the years that shaped the star & some conversation w/ film scholar Foster Hirsch too.

SATURDAY,FEBRUARY 8th @ OAKRIDGE ESTATE (in Northridge)  1:00-4:00 pm  (SORRY-THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!)

 directions : http://www.theoakridgeestate.com/

Join us for a chance to stand where Stanwyck stood in 1937. It’s an afternoon at the Oakridge/Marwyck estate in Northridge, former home of Barbara Stanwyck & later Jack Oakie. Author Victoria Wilson will give a talk on the grounds of the Marwyck Ranch and get an exclusive look at the grounds & 1st floor of this former home of 2 Hollywood legends. There is a wealth of information on their web page and some photos as well.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9th @ 6:30 pm- AERO THEATER in Santa Monica

“Double Indemnity” & “The Bitter Tea of General Yen”-  It’s 2 great films, a Q & A  w/ Victoria Wilson & a book signing . In other words, another great night @ the American Cinematheque. If somehow you missed your 2 previous chances, come get a signed copy of this definitive study of the early years of one Hollywood’s most talented and deserving legends, Barbara Stanwyck!

 

Here’s a little more info on the book:

Frank Capra called her “The greatest emotional actress the screen has yet known.” She was one of its most natural, timeless, and underrated stars.

Now, Victoria Wilson gives us the first full-scale life of Barbara Stanwyck, whose astonishing career in movies (eighty-eight in all) spanned four decades beginning with the coming of sound, and lasted in television from its infancy in the 1950s through the 1980s—a book that delves deeply into her rich, complex life and explores her extraordinary range of motion pictures, many of them iconic. Here is her work, her world, her Hollywood.

We see the quintessential Brooklyn girl whose family was in fact of old New England stock . . . her years in New York as a dancer and Broadway star . . . her fraught marriage to Frank Fay, Broadway genius, who influenced a generation of actors and comedians (among them, Jack Benny and Stanwyck herself ) . . . the adoption of a son, embattled from the outset; her partnership with the “unfunny” Marx brother, Zeppo, crucial in shaping the direction of her work, and who, together with his wife, formed a trio that created one of the finest horse-breeding farms in the west; her fairy-tale romance and marriage to the younger Robert Taylor, America’s most sought-after— and beautiful—male star.

Here is the shaping of her career with many of Hollywood’s most important directors: among them, Frank Capra, “Wild Bill” William Wellman (“When you get beauty and brains together,” he said, “there’s no stopping the lucky girl who possesses them. The best example I can think of is Barbara”), King Vidor, Cecil B. De Mille, and Preston Sturges, all set against the times—the Depression, the New Deal, the rise of the unions, the advent of World War II—and a fast-changing, comingof- age motion picture industry.

 

And here is Stanwyck’s evolution as an actress in the pictures she made from 1929 through the summer of 1940, where Volume One ends—from her first starring movie, The Locked Door (“An all-time low,” she said. “By then I was certain that Hollywood and I had nothing in common”); and Ladies of Leisure, the first of her six-picture collaboration with Frank Capra (“He sensed things that you were trying to keep hidden from people. He knew. He just knew”), to the scorching Baby Face, and the height of her screen perfection, beginning with Stella Dallas (“I was scared to death all the time we were making the picture”), from Clifford Odets’s Golden Boy and the epic Union Pacific to the first of her collaborations with Preston Sturges, who wrote Remember the Night, in which she starred.

And at the heart of the book, Stanwyck herself—her strengths, her fears, her frailties, her losses and desires; how she made use of the darkness in her soul in her work and kept it at bay in her private life, and finally, her transformation from shunned outsider to one of Hollywood’s— and America’s—most revered screen actresses.

Writing with the full cooperation of Stanwyck’s family and friends, and drawing on more than two hundred interviews with actors, directors, cameramen, screenwriters, costume designers, et al., as well as making use of letters, journals, and private papers, Victoria Wilson has brought this complex artist brilliantly alive. Her book is a revelation of the actor’s life and work.

Ann Dvorak’s Encino Ranch Presentation w/ Christina Rice !

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Spend the Night w/ The Unknown Comic!

 

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 30th , 7:30 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop-Spend the Night w/ the UNKNOWN COMIC !

Join us for a night of laughs w/ Murray Langston a.k.a. the Unknown Comic. Murray will be here signing his new autobiography, “Journey Thru the Unknown…”, showing t.v. clips from his long & storied career and of course making us laugh! A journey through showbiz & the world of comedy in the magical 70′s & beyond!

 

The memoirs of Murray Langston, aka “The Unknown Comic,” is a detailed account of the Highlights and Lowlights of each year of my life, from June 27, 1944 until my 69th birthday coming up on June 27, 2013.

It’s my story of how a poor kid from Montreal, being influenced by Jerry Lewis, longed to follow in his funny steps and somehow leave Canada and make it to Hollywood.

Spiced with humor, drama, and celebrities which made me consider calling the book, “Name-Droppers,” the reader will be surprised at many of the revelations which include being threatened by Frank Sinatra, partying all night with Elvis Presley, spending Christmas Eve with Lucille Ball, watching Bob Hope’s Christmas show when I was in the military and working with him 20 years later, attending the Academy Awards, double dating with Robin Williams, appearing with Patrick Swayze in his first film, hanging out at Steve Martin’s house, playing practical jokes on Carol Burnett, friending David Letterman on his first arrival to L.A., holding Kate Hudson when she was only weeks old, hanging out at the Playboy Mansion, co-starring with Jim Carrey in his very first television appearance.

Read about my appearing for 4 years with Sonny & Cher, working alongside Ronald Reagan, O.J. Simpson, Bobby Darin, the Jackson 5 and my hero at the time, Jerry Lewis, among so many others. Read about my appearing on practically every talk show of that era from The Tonight Show to Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, John Davidson, Dinah Shore, even Howard Stern. Read about how I produced, wrote, directed and starred in a couple of feature films, besides appearing in over 20 movies along with over 800 television appearances while starring in and directing several plays along the way with fellow actors Linda Blair, Pat Paulsen, Johnny Whitaker, Eddie Mekka, and more. Read about the Ladies who I appeared on stage with including, Charo, Helen Reddy, Melissa Manchester, Gladys Knight, Crystal Gayle, the Supremes and more. Read about the many comics who were my opening act like Drew Carey, David Spade, Kevin Nealon, Ryan Stiles and more. Read about the many comics who I worked with in their early years who later became famous like Jay Leno, Cheech and Chong, Freddie Prinze, Gabe Kaplan, Michael Keaton, Howie Mandel and more.Read about the many celebrities I worked with who I later became close friends with like Ruth Buzzi, Frankie Avalon, Dom DeLuise, Jerry Van Dyke, Ted Knight, Harvey Korman, especially my mentor Redd Foxx, and more. Read about celebrities who I worked and hung out with who were arrogant and not very nice people like Mickey Rooney, Sonny Bono, Billy Crystal, Chris Rock, Vickie Lawrence and more.

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