Fosse

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 723 pages
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More than a quarter-century after his death, Bob Fosse's fingerprints on popular culture remain indelible. The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment, forever marking Broadway and Hollywood with his iconic style — hat tilted, fingers splayed — that would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosse's innumerable achievements, no accomplishment ever seemed to satisfy him, and offstage his life was shadowed in turmoil and anxiety.

Now, bestselling author Sam Wasson unveils the man behind the swaggering sex appeal, tracing Fosse's untold reinventions of himself over a career that would spawn The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Pippin, All That Jazz, and Chicago, one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources — friends, enemies, lovers, and collaborators, many of whom have never spoken publicly about Fosse before — Wasson illuminates not only Fosse's prodigious professional life, but also his close and conflicted relationships with everyone from Liza Minnelli to Ann Reinking to Jessica Lange and Dustin Hoffman. Wasson also uncovers the deep wounds that propelled Fosse's insatiable appetites — for spotlights, women, and life itself. In this sweeping, richly detailed account, Wasson's stylish, effervescent prose proves the ideal vehicle for revealing Bob Fosse as he truly was — after hours, close up, and in vibrant color.
  

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User Review  - Gretchen - Goodreads

For the last month, when people have asked what I'm reading, my response has been "a really boring biography". So disappointed in this bio. Fosse was truly a twisted, pained, challenging person. But ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paul Lyons - Goodreads

Exhaustive 589-page biography of the late great, actor, dancer, choreographer, director Bob Fosse. Written and extensively researched by Sam Wasson, Fosse gives the reader and excellent overview of ... Read full review

Contents

The End
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Sixty Years
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FortyFive Years
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One Year
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One Hour and FiftyThree Minutes
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Back Matter
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Back Cover
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About the author (2013)

SAM WASSON is the author of the New York Times bestseller Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M .: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman  and two works of film criticism.   He is a visiting professor of film at Wesleyan University. 

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