Wisdom of the 90s

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Putnam, Nov 1, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
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With all the crackling wit and humor that have been the trademark of the longest-running career in show business history, George Burns tells what he's learned about getting ahead, about dealing with others, about life, and about himself. A gem of a book, sparkling with wise observations, sharp insights, and sage advice. Photographs.

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User Review  - keylawk - LibraryThing

A lot of wisdom here by a beloved showman. My takeaway is that he points out that Mark Twain and Will Rogers avoided jokes with "meanness, ridicule, sarcasm, insensitivity". [114] Mostly telling stories about The Business -- show business lore. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Burns's latest finds the 95-year-old cigar-puffer as witty, if not quite as sharp, as ever. Burns has no complaints about his health, although since his last bestseller (All My Best Friends, 1989) he ... Read full review


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About the author (1992)

Born Nathan Birnbaum in New York City in 1896, George Burns began his career in vaudeville at an early age. In 1925 he met Gracie Allen, who became his wife and comedy partner on stage, in radio, film and television. After the classic "Burns and Allen" television series ended in 1957, he began his solo career. In 1975 he won an Oscar for his role in the film "The Sunshine Boys, ' and in 1977 he starred in "Oh, God" with John Denver. Best known for comedic performances, George Burns is also the author of "How to Live to Be 100 or More," "Dear George," "Living It Up," "The Third Time Around," "Dr. Burns' Prescription for Happiness" and "I Love Her, That's Why." He lives in Beverly Hills, California.

Hal Goldman 1920 - 2001 Hal Goldman was born in 1920 and is best known for his work as a comedy writer for Jack Benny and George Burns. Goldman started out writing radio scripts for Eddie Cantor, but then went on to write for Jack Benny's t.v. and radio shows. He worked with Carol Burnett and Dean Martin and helped George Burns write the screenplay for "Oh, God! Book II." In 1958 and 1959, Goldman won Emmy's for best comedy series for his contribution to the Jack Benny Show. In 1966, he won the Emmy again for a Carol Channing special. Hal Goldman died on June 27, 2001, at the age of 81.

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