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It's Always Something
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It's Always Something

By Radner, Gilda

New York: Simon & Schuster. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1989. First Edition. Hardcover. Protected in a removable Brodart archival cover. Soft green boards with red spine imprinted with title and author in silver. Full number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2. 1 x 8.5 x 5.5 Inches. 269 pages. "I had wanted to wrap this book up in a neat little package. I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned the hard way that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end." The world fondly remembers the many faces of Gilda Radner: the adamant but misinformed Emily Litella; the hyperkinetic Girl Scout Judy Miller; the irrepressibly nerdy Lisa Loopner; the gross-out queen of local network news, Rosanne Rosannadanna. A supremely funny performer, Gilda lost a long and painful struggle in May 1989 to "the most unfunny thing in the world"--cancer. But the face she showed the world during this dark time was one of great courage and hope. <I>It's Always Something</I> is the story of her struggle told in Gilda's own remarkable words--a personal chronicle of strength and indomitable spirit and love undiminished by the cruel ravages of disease. This is Gilda, with whom we laughed on Saturday Night Live: warm, big-hearted, outrageous, and real. This is Gilda's last gift to us: the magnificent final performance of an incomparable entertainer whose life, though tragically brief, enriched our own lives beyond measure. .

$16.95

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers
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The Story of the Trapp Family Singers

By Trapp, Maria A.

Garden City, NY: International Collectors Library. Near Fine. 1949. Hardcover. Deckle-edged pages. Bound-in silk ribbon bookmark. 278 pages .

$125.00

Voice of an Angel   My Life
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Voice of an Angel My Life

By Church, Charlotte

Grand Central Publishing. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 2001. Hardcover. 0.93 x 8.57 x 5.69 Inches. So Far. How did a schoolgirl from Wales become an international sensation? And how can she possibly cope with staggering, worldwide fame? In this fascinating account, the young singer shares her amazing true story. From humble beginnings in Wales singing on local radio to singing for Prince Charles, President Clinton, and the Pope, to her quick rise to the top of the music charts, Charlotte Churchs unique story is an inspiring tale of a phenomenal young talent and will touch the hearts of millions of music lovers worldwide. Charlotte Churchs first album, Voice of an Angel, reached #1 on Britains classical music chart, #10 on its pop music chart, went to #28 on North American music charts, and went double platinum in five weeks. Her second album sold 2.5 million copies. She was the youngest artist ever to appear on the Billboard 100. Sony Classical has signed Church to a five-album deal, signifying their strong commitment to the long-term success of the young singer. Charlotte Church has been featured in numerous publications, including People, Newsweek, USA Today, Billboard, and the Washington Post. She has appeared on Dateline, The Rosie ODonnell Show, Good Morning America, the Today show, the Tonight show, the 1999 MTV Music Awards, and Touched by an Angel. .

$7.50

Madonna
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Madonna

By Morton, Andrew

New York: St. Martin's Press. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 2001. First American Edition. Hardcover. Dust jacket protected with a removable Brodart cover. First Edition with full number line. 48 pages of black and white or color photographs. Bright, tight, clean book that appears to be unread. Discography, index. . 256 pages. Chronicles the life and career of the internationally known singer. .

$12.00

Knee Deep in Paradise
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Knee Deep in Paradise

By Butler, Brett

New York: Hyperion Books. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1996. First Edition. Hardcover. Stated First Edition with full number line. . 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 295 pages .

$7.95

Don't Block the Blessings:  Revelations of a Lifetime
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Don't Block the Blessings: Revelations of a Lifetime

By Labelle, Patti; Randolph, Laura B.

New York: Riverhead Books. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1996. First Edition. Hardcover. B/w photos, index. Dust jacket protected in a removable Brodart cover. Black board embossed Patti LaBelle and red spine imprinted in gold with the author and title. Red end papers. First printing with full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. The book contains 26 pages of photographs. . 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 305 pages. Ever since she dropped out of high school to sing professionally, Patti LaBelle's life has appeared charmed. A voice so hauntingly beautiful it could make her rich and famous. A career so successful if has. A twenty-five year marriage to a man who not only loves her, but gives her her space, her way, and her childhood fantasy: a stable, intact family that hangs together through good times and bad. But that's the cover, not the book. And Patti's book, <I>Don't Block the Blessings</I>, is the real story, the story of a woman who has walked through hell and come out the back door. .

$13.00

By All Means Keep on Moving
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By All Means Keep on Moving

By Henner, Marilu

New York: Pocket Books. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1994. First Edition. Hardcover. B/w photos, color photos. Dust jacket protected in a removable Brodart cover. Lavender boards and beige spine imprinted in purple with author and title. Lavendar end papers. First printing with full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. . 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 308 pages. From her hilarious television debut as Elaine Nardo on the landmark comedy Taxi to her work with Burt Reynolds on the beloved Evening Shade to Marilu, her current talk show, Marilu Henner has become one of America's favorite -- and most outspoken -- actresses. Now, Marilu gathers her incredible energy, refreshing wit, and uninhibited style to tell a Hollywood success story as it has never been told before. .

$5.78

Wake Me When It's Funny:  How to Break into Show Business and Stay There
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Wake Me When It's Funny: How to Break into Show Business and Stay There

By Marshall, Garry

Holbrook, MA: Adams Media Corp. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1995. First Edition. Hardcover. Slight edgewear and a lightly bumped corner. 40 b/w photos.. . 304 pages. This memoir and show-business primer from one of film and TV's most successful writer-producer-director-actors (<I>Pretty Woman, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Murphy Brown</I>) gives sound advice on how to create comedy, break into TV, shoot movies, and deal with Hollywood. .

$11.48

Steve Martin:  The Magic Years
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Steve Martin: The Magic Years

By Walker, Morris W.

New York: Spi Books. As New in As New dust jacket. 2001. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Protected in a removable Brodart cover. Black boards and spine with spine imprinted with author and title. SIGNED by the AUTHOR on the title page. Stated First Edition with full number line. Fresh, clean copy that is unread. . 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 273 pages. Signed by Author. This book details the magic decade that Martin still calls, "The best years of my life, " and then proceeds to retell an accurate and epoch story of this living legacy, right to the present day. It's all here, from childhood memories to the present . An adventure story spanning 40 years of personal memories that has never before been told. .

$13.00

My Life in High Heels
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My Life in High Heels

By Anderson, Loni; Warren, Larkin

New York: William Morrow & Co. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1995. First Edition. Hardcover. . 306 pages. Loni Anderson book was written to give a first hand account at last how Loni breaks her silence on men, on life, on motherhood, and Yes Burt Reynolds. Very true, entertaining for her fans all over the world. .

$8.50

Ann-Margret:   My Story
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Ann-Margret: My Story

By Ann-Margret, & Gold, T.

New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1994. First Edition. Hardcover. 1.5 x 9 x 5.8 Inches. 336 pages. In a candid memoir, the glamorous actress discusses her personal life, including her battle with substance abuse, her friendship with Elvis Presley, her twenty-nine-year marriage, and other topics. .

$11.95

I Think I'm Outta Here:  A Memoir
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I Think I'm Outta Here: A Memoir

By O'Connor, Carroll

New York: Pocket Books. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1998. First Edition. Hardcover. 1.2 x 9.5 x 6.4 Inches. 288 pages. It is the genius of actor Carroll O'Connor that millions of fans will forever confuse him with his most unforgettable creation, Archie Bunker. But O'Connor has lived the kind of rich, momentous life that Archie could never have imagined. Now, emerging from behind the actor's mask for the first time, O'Connor writes eloquently and intimately about his great triumphs and terrible tragedies - and a career that has been immortalized in television history. Growing up in Depression-era New York, Carrol O'Connor made his way armed with the quick wit, mischievous bent of mind, and engaging Irish charm that flow through these pages. From his rough and tumbel days in the merchant marine during World War ll - marked by big dreams, bar brawls, and bloody noses he moved on to salad days in Dublin. There he received an education in literature and in life, found his true calling in the theatre, and married his wife, Nancy...a fifty year success story that's still going strong. O'Connor was soon invited to Hollywood, the scene of his greatest achievements. His unique persective on the creation of <I>All in the Family</I> - and his certainty at the start that is was destined for ratings disaster - reveals television history in the making. And O'Connor vividly recalls scores of classic moments with Noman Lear, Rob Reiner and Jean Stapleton, as well a numberous other colleagues, including Howard Rollins (<I>In the Heat of the Night</I>), Clint Eastwood (<I>Kelly's Heroes</I>), and Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor (<I>Cleopatra</I>).But Hollywood was also the source of O'Connor's most painful memory: the cocaine addition and suicide of his son, Hugh. As a grieving father, O'Connor was forced to asssume the most poignant and powerful role of his life, and he speaks honestly here about both his loss and his efforts to educate others about the horror of drug abuse. Candid and insightful, spirited and funny, this is the story of all the families Carroll O'Connor has been able to call his own. And in a career graced with landmark achievements, <I>I Think I'm Outta Here</I> stands as on of the most moving and memorable of all. .

$12.00

Caesar's Hours:  My Life in Comedy, With Love and Laughter
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Caesar's Hours: My Life in Comedy, With Love and Laughter

By Caesar, Sid; Friedfeld, Eddy

New York: Publicaffairs. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 2003. First Edition. Hardcover. Bumped corner. Wrinkling to d j . 1.11 x 9.56 x 6.36 Inches. 288 pages. The legendary television star tells the backstage stories of the classic comedy of <I>Your Show of Shows, Caesar's Hour</I>, and other landmark programs. It is no exaggeration to say that without Sid Caesar, comedy in America would have been a lot less funny. He was the star and guiding force behind <I>Your Show of Shows</I> and <I>Caesar's Hour</I>, two of the most innovative programs in the Golden Age of Television, and the writers and stars of those shows went on to create the plays, movies, and sitcoms that we now think of as classic American comedy. So many of our greatest comedy writers--Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Woody Allen--were part of Sid Caesar's creative troupe. Sid was a master not only of comedic performance, but also of developing characters that the audience could relate to, finding the humor in ordinary situations rather than through vaudeville-type gags. His was a comedy truly drawn from the human condition. <I>Caesar's Hours</I> is Sid Caesar 's artistic autobiography, his account of how these great routines were fashioned and performed, and the interactions that gave birth to them. He takes us inside the famed writers' room, the rehearsal studios, and onto the stage itself, where some of the funniest moments in television history came to life. To read his book is to learn why his intelligent and sensitive brand of humor resonates so much with us, even half a century later. .

$8.00

Kate Remembered
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Kate Remembered

By Berg, A. Scott

New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 2003. First Edition. Hardcover. Protected in a removable archival cover. Full number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2. Deckle-edged pages. 1.3 x 8.4 x 6.2 Inches. 384 pages. For seven decades Katharine Hepburn played a leading role in the popular culture of the twentieth century - reigning as an admired actress, a beloved movie star, and a treasured icon of the modern American woman. She also remained one of the most private of all the public figures of her time. <P>In 1983 - at the age of seventy-five, her career cresting - the four-time Academy Award winner opened the door to biographer A. Scott Berg - then thirty-three - and began a special friendship, one that endured to the end of her illustrious life. <P>From the start, Scott Berg felt that Katharine Hepburn intended his role to be not just that of a friend but also of a chronicler, a confidant who might record for posterity her thoughts and feelings. Over the next twenty years, Kate used their many hours together to reveal all that came to mind, often reflecting on the people and episodes of her past, occasionally on the meaning of life. <P>Here are the stories from those countless intimate conversations, and much more. In addition to recording heretofore untold biographical details of her entire phenomenal career and her famous relationships with such men as Spencer Tracy and Howard Hughes, <i>Kate Remembered</i> also tells the amusing, often emotional story of one of the most touching friendships in her final years. Scott Berg provides his own memories of Katharine Hepburn offstage - quiet dinners in her town house in New York City, winter swims (she swam, he watched) in the Long Island Sound at Fenwick, her home in Connecticut, weekend visits with family members and dear friends...even some unusual appearances by the likes of Michael Jackson and Warren Beatty. Finally, <i>Kate Remembered</i> discusses the legendary actress's moving farewell, during which her mighty personality surrendered at last to her failing body - all the while remaining true to her courageous character. <P><i>Kate Remembered</i> is a book about love and friendship, family and career, Hollywood and Broadway - all punctuated by unforgettable lessons from an extraordinary life. .

$7.51

An Affair to Remember
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An Affair to Remember

By Donaldson, Maureen ; Royce, William

New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1989. First Edition. Hardcover. Full number line 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 . 1.4 x 9.1 x 5.9 Inches. 288 pages. A sensitive, deeply intimate portrait of the greatest matinee idol of them all -- by the passionate woman who lived with and loved him. 32 pages of black and white photographs. .

$8.00

Enter Whining
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Enter Whining

By Drescher, Fran

New York: Harpercollins. Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1996. First Edition. Hardcover. 304 pages. The personal story of Fran Drescher, the New York-accented star of <I>The Nanny, </I>includes humorous childhood family stories, early career experiences, and anecdotes about her daily life in Hollywood. .

$13.50

Goldie:  A Lotus Grows in the Mud
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Goldie: A Lotus Grows in the Mud

By Hawn, Goldie

New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket. 2005. First Edition. Hardcover. Protected in a removable archival cover. . 1.6 x 8.9 x 6 Inches. 446 pages. An inspiring and unconventional memoir from one of the world's most beloved actresses. <br><br> Goldie Hawn's life is an ongoing tableau of stories, and she has a born knack for telling them. In this candid and insightful book, Goldie invites us to join her in a look back at the people, places, and events that have touched her. It is the spiritual journey of a heart in search of enlightenment. <br><br> With her trademark effervescent humor, Goldie tells us about the lessons she's learned and the wisdom she feels she's been given in the hope of giving something back. Not a Hollywood "tell-all," <i>A Lotus Grows in the Mud</i> is a very personal look at moments private and powerful: her delight in her father's spirited spontaneity; the confidence instilled in her by her mother; the unexpected gifts of comfort from strangers many miles from home; and the joy of being a daughter, a sister, a lover, and a parent. This memoir is Goldie's chance to talk about everything from anger and fear to love, compassion, integrity, and friendship, to the importance of family and the challenges of show business. <br><br> Goldie writes about her younger self-the little girl who felt like an ugly duckling-and growing up in suburbia dreaming of becoming a ballerina. She takes us on a tour of her go-go dancing years in New York in the sixties, her phenomenal success on TV's <i>Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In</i>, and then on to the world of Hollywood stardom and such memorable films as the Oscar-winning <i>Cactus Flower, Swing Shift</i>, and <i>Private Benjamin</i>. <br><br> <i>A Lotus Grows in the Mud</i> speaks of her relationship with her family-her partner, Kurt Russell; her children, Kate Hudson, Oliver Hudson, Wyatt Russell, and her stepson, Boston Russell-her growing faith, her curiosity for that which she doesn't yet know, and her unquenchable thirst for knowledge and understanding. Most of all, it is a trip back through a life well lived by a woman well loved. .

$6.94

I'm Hosting as Fast as I Can!:  Zen and the Art of Staying Sane in  Hollywood
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I'm Hosting as Fast as I Can!: Zen and the Art of Staying Sane in Hollywood

By Bergeron, Tom

New York: HarperOne. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 2009. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Full number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. . 240 pages. An Insider's Hollywood Survival Guide . He’s one of the most ubiquitous men on television. Certainly the most calm, cool, and collected—the king of "off the cuff." And no one throws to a commercial better. Yes, Tom Bergeron is a Hollywood staple, and the role for which he is best known is . . . well . . . himself. But while he’s a comforting presence to millions of people, cultivating this seemingly unshakable positive outlook and cool persona took as much motivation, inspiration, perseverance, and experience as it would take one to prepare a classic part for the stage. <I>I'm Hosting as Fast as I Can!</I> is the trying, often laugh-out-loud journey it took to get to himself. .

$7.49