George Burns and the Hundred-year Dash

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Simon And Schuster, Jan 1, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 329 pages
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"All of America seemed to be cheering for George Burns as he approached his 100th birthday on January 20, 1996. He was rounding out a lifetime spent doing what he loved. For as tastes in entertainment changed, and as American show business evolved from vaudeville to radio, to movies and television, Burns kept right on running." "In George Burns and the Hundred-Year Dash, noted biographer and theater critic Martin Gottfried reveals a man who put make-up on his life, preferring a show business version to the real thing. In it his rare talent for personal relationships is illuminated by close-up studies of his marriage to Gracie and his friendship with Jack Benny. Burns is brought to life in his adventurous youth, his smart and successful maturity, and finally, in his later years, when he became a spokesman for the elderly and the symbol of fruitful and active living in old age. This is a warm and inspiring story, written with unconditional affection."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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A breezy trot through the life and career of a true show business legend. After writing biographies of artists who were far more likable on-stage than off (Nobody's Fool: The Lives of Danny Kaye, 1994 ... Read full review

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This tribute to one of the longest-running careers in show business history by veteran show biz biographer Gottfried (Nobody's Fool: The Lives of Danny Kaye, S. & S., 1994; Stephen Sondheim, Abrams ... Read full review


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Martin Gottfried was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 9, 1933. He graduated from Columbia College in 1955, attended Columbia Law School, and served in the Army in Europe. He worked as a classical music critic for The Village Voice and an Off Broadway critic for Women's Wear Daily before becoming a drama critic for The New York Post in the mid-1970s and then for the Saturday Review near the end of the decade. His first book of criticism, A Theater Divided: The Postwar American Stage, was published in 1968 and won the George Jean Nathan Award for dramatic criticism. His other works include Broadway Musicals and More Broadway Musicals. He also wrote several biographies of entertainers and playwrights. His first biography, Jed Harris: The Curse of Genius, was published in 1984. His other biographies include All His Jazz: The Life and Death of Bob Fosse, George Burns and the Hundred Year Dash, and Arthur Miller: His Life and Work. He died from complications of pneumonia on March 6, 2014 at the age of 80.

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