Seinfeld: The Making of an American Icon (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Oct 12, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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The never-before-told story of how Jerry Seinfeld made his dream come true -- of how this very ambitious, extremely driven, compulsively perfectionistic carefully worked his way up through the knock-down-drag-out world of stand-up comedy as it began to explode in the mid-1970s, & how he went on to co-create in the late 80s what is considered to be the most successful TV sitcom in its history. From the start, Jerry has been extremely private about all aspects of his personal life. For more than a year, Oppenheimer conducted in-depth interviews with scores of Jerry s closes friends, family members, bus. assoc., lovers, & fellow comedians who spoke candidly, painting a riveting portrait of the beloved & talented comedian.

  

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Review: Seinfeld: The Making of an American Icon

User Review  - Kerry - Goodreads

The life of Jerry Seinfeld told through the eyes of friends and colleagues. Interesting read if you are a seinfeld fan, and like scandal (Jerry's affairs with a high school student and later a married woman). Read full review

Review: Seinfeld: The Making of an American Icon

User Review  - Phil Steffen - Goodreads

The complete story about how the show was conceived, the lives of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, and the evolution of the show, which is perhaps the best sitcom in the history of television. Read full review

Contents

Family Roots
1
TojoTelevision and Holy Water
6
And Betty Makes Two
10
Near the Mall
14
Moving On Up
22
Tough Times
26
Becoming a Man
35
High School Loner
42
Welcome to L A
169
The Benson Fiasco
177
Jerry Does Johnny
184
Comedy Club Bonanza
192
Love and Death
199
SexMoneyand Accolades
206
A Story
218
Birth of Seinfeld
232

Romeo and Juliet
51
To Israelwith Love
56
SexDrugsand Suzukis
64
Campus Odd Couple
72
Just Want to Be Funny
81
Queens College Days
87
Girl Trouble
95
Catskills Forays
102
Want to Do Standup
110
Peanuts on the Bar
116
The Dianetics Kid
123
Doctor Comedy
133
Major Changes
142
Strange Bedfellows
148
Faster Than a Speeding Bullet
156
Press War
239
Fame Is Free
246
Love in All the Wrong Places
259
LAffaire Lonstein
271
Ups and Downs in TV Land
280
Designing Woman
287
The End of Life as We Know It
301
The Marrying Kind
315
StopThief
331
And Baby Makes Three
347
Acknowledgments
361
Notes and Sources
363
Index
385
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Jerry Oppenheimer has written bestselling biographies of other American icons, including Bill and Hillary Clinton (State of a Union), Martha Stewart (Just Desserts), Ethel Kennedy (The Other Mrs. Kennedy), Barbara Walters (Barbara Walters: An Unauthorized Biography), and Rock Hudson (Idol: The True Story of an American Film Hero).

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