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How Sweet It Is

by Bacon, James

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New York: St Martin's Press BOOK: Previous Owner Markings (Partial Gift Inscription Neatly Inked to Front Free Endpaper, Underneath Sticker Pull to Same); Corners, Spine, Boards Bumped; Light Shelf Rub to Boards; Spine Slightly Cocked; Edges Lightly Soiled; Slight Yellowing Due to Age. DUST JACKET: Previous Owner Markings (Price Clipped); Repaired; Moderately Creased; Moderately Chipped; In Archival Quality Jacket Cover. SUB-TITLE: The Jackie Gleason Story. FRONT AND BACK COVER PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY: Jackie Gleason collection. JACKET BY: Andy Carpenter. DESIGN BY: Laura Hough. CONTENTS: Acknowledgments; Foreword; Prologue 1 A Star Is Born 2 From Pool Hustler to Comic 3 Jackie Gleason, Boy Comic 4 Jackie in Love 5 Jackie Gleason, Husband 6 The Big Break 7 Television Discovers Jackie 8 And Away We Go! 9 Jackie Gleason, Millionaire 10 Pow! Alice, Right on the Kisser! 11 The Honeymoon's Not Over for Gleason 12 Gleason Discovers Elvis 13 Gone But Not Forgotten 14 The End of an Era 15 Gleason Free; Appendix; Index; Sections of photographs follow pages 108 and 172. SYNOPSIS: When Jackie Gleason--born Herbert Walton Gleason on February 26, 1916--first took the BMT to Times Square from his native Brooklyn, he was nineteen years old, he was without a family, and he had thirty-one cents to his name. An older brother had died when Jackie was three; his father had disappeared when Jackie was nine; and now, his mother had just died. But Gleason had made it to Broadway, and that was all that really mattered. He looked up at the names on the marquees--Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Henny Youngman--and knew that he had found his home. And indeed, he had. After only a few short years--in which the young comic played "joints" all over New Jersey and Pennsylvania (with fellow unknown Frank Sinatra) and learned that he was funnier drunk than sober--Jackie Gleason ad-libbed his way to the legendary Club 18 on 52nd Street in New York, where, unknowingly, he insulted Hollywood mogul Jack Warner. The accident landed Jackie a movie contract, and, by the age of twenty-five, he was playing against Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, and Betty Grable, and drinking with Jack Oakie, Jack Haley, and Martha Raye. But it wasn't until he made it onto television that Gleason was truly in his element. An appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" landed him the lead in "The Life of Riley" and a two-week appearance--which became two years--on the Dumont network's "Cavalcade of Stars," in which the world was introduced to Reggie Van Gleason III, The Poor Soul, and Joe the Bartender. Jackie had become the undisputed king of American TV, and in 1952, CBS-TV paid Jackie an unprecedented $11 million for his show. The Great One moved into high gear, taking over the bar at Toots Shor's and carrying on with such cronies as Bing Crosby, Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, the Dorsey Brothers, Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, and Joe DiMaggio (to whom he once hit pop flies in Central Park at midnight). The life of Jackie Gleason is the stuff of legend--legendary success ("The Honeymooners" is now in its thirtieth year, and Gleason's film career continues to skyrocket), legendary talent (Jackie's fans have included Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Fanny Brice; he received a Tony Award for his role in the musical Take Me Along; he was an Oscar nominee for The Hustler, in which he starred with Paul Newman), and legendary drinking (from backstage "brainstorming" sessions with Art Carney to the famous "coffee" cup on "The Jackie Gleason Show"). How Sweet It Is, written with Gleason's full cooperation and that of his friends (such as Frank Sinatra), his colleagues (June Taylor, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney, and Sydell Spear), his mentors (Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Henny Youngman) and his family (daughters Geraldine and Linda, cousin Renee, and wife Marilyn), is an intimate and revealing tribute to this outrageous and brilliant star. James Bacon is the last of the celebrity Hollywood columnists, having outlived his one-time contemporaries Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper. Bacon, a working newspaperman since 1936, claims he was once legitimate, covering presidents of the United States from FDR to JFK, crowned heads of Europe, plane crashes, train wrecks, floods, brush fires and earthquakes like any good reporter. Then in 1948, the Associated Press sent him out to Hollywood, where he has reported the peccadilloes and idiosyncrasies of stars from Erroll Flynn, Bogie, Gable and Monroe, down to the current crop--from Eastwood to Michael Jackson. He's been everywhere and knows everybody. In 1968, when Louella retired, he left AP and moved to the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. A close friend of Jackie Gleason's since 1949, he is the author of Made in Hollywood and Hollywood Is a Four-Letter Town, which The New York Times called "frank, spicy and entertaining.". First Edition 1st Printing. Hard Cover. Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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