A Wonderful Life: 50 Eulogies to Lift the Spirit

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Cyrus Copeland
Algonquin Books, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 296 pages
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The lives of the world’s greatest contributors to arts, politics, sports, and letters are celebrated with wit, humor, and reverence by their equally famous friends,
relatives, and peers.

Here are fifty eulogies, fond remembrances of the twentieth century’s best and brightest:

World Pioneers: Martin Luther King Jr. honored by Robert Kennedy, Mahatma Gandhi by Jawaharlal Nehru

Movie Stars: Joan Crawford remembered by director George Cukor, Orson Welles by Charlton Heston

Media Titans: Katharine Graham celebrated by Ben Bradlee, Edward R.Murrow by Charles Kuralt

Entertainers: John Belushi by Dan Aykroyd, Bob Hope by Larry Gelbart

Composers and Singers: Jerry Garcia by Robert Hunter, Leonard Bernstein by Ned Rorem

Athletes: Mickey Mantle by Bob Costas, Arthur Ashe by Douglas Wilder

In these moving and personal tributes, we see the true personalities of these fifty remarkable people, shadings of character usually hidden from the spotlight.
 

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Somewhat good yet some of the readings were off kilter. I enjoyed the not so famous ones better that the famous because they seem o come from the heart and with more passion. Read full review

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Contents

Bette Davis
3
Judy Garland
8
Marilyn Monroe
13
Charlie Chaplin
18
Joan Crawford
24
James Mason
29
Gregory Peck
35
Tallulah Bankhead
42
Bob Hope
156
John Belushi
162
Walt Disney
165
Lenny Bruce
174
Milton Berle
178
TUNESMITHS TROUBADOURS
185
Leonard Bernstein
187
Dusty Springfield
192

Orson Welles
49
PIONEERS
55
Princess Diana
57
Rosa Parks
63
Martin Luther King JR
68
Coretta Scott King
72
Julia Child
78
Bill W
82
Alfred Kinsey
87
Karen Silkwood
92
Sigmund Freud
95
Mahatma Gandhi
100
Albert Schweitzer
104
Elisabeth KŁblerRoss
111
MEDIA TITANS
117
Edward R Murrow
119
Katharine Graham
126
Malcolm Forbes
132
David Brinkley
138
Henry Luce
143
ENTERTAINERS
149
Fred Rogers
151
Jerry Garcia
198
Cy Coleman
202
John Denver
206
Nina Simone
212
911 HEROES
219
Father Mychal Judge FDNY
221
Capt Robert Dolan USN
231
Chief Peter Ganci FDNY
237
Capt Francis Callahan FDNY
240
ATHLETES
245
Mickey Mantle
247
Arthur Ashe
254
Charles Atlas
259
Wilt Chamberlain
265
Christy Mathewson
270
PARENTS
275
Col Don Conroy
277
Hilda Stegner
285
Edith Freundlich
288
Acknowledgments
291
Credits and Permissions
293
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About the author (2006)

Cyrus Copeland, a former copywriter and advertising executive, is the editor of a previous collection of eulogies, Farewell, Godspeed: The Greatest Eulogies of Our Time. He travels extensively around the United States, speaking to state funeral director associations about the art of remembrance. He lives in New York City-and in the digital domain at cyrus2000@earthlink.net.

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