Who Wants to be Me?

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Wheeler Pub., Mar 1, 2001 - Large print books - 267 pages
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Regis Philbin, the king of curmudgeonly humor, has written an all-new book of side-splitting rants.No one tells a story like Regis Philbin. For fifteen years on the syndicated morning show Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee, he has kept viewers laughing out loud at his tales of comic misadventures as America's most beloved -- and beset -- everyman. Whether confessing his faults (albeit grudgingly) or sharing his latest daily aggravations, he has hilariously explored his own unique perils as a husband, father, dutiful citizen, man-about-town, high-rise-apartment dweller, weekend suburban guy, helpless handyman, woebegone traveler, frustrated sports fan, nervous medical specimen, overwhelmed public figure, and most recently, the nattily dressed host of the enormously popular ABC television quiz show sensation Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.Whether it's skewering the producers of his morning talk show, or describing the travails of celebrity life today, you can be sure that Regis Philbin will tell it like it is.Who Wants to be Me? is sure to have readers in stitches as they see themselves in Regis's outrageous mishaps and familiar foibles.

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Regis Philbin was born on August 25, 1933 in New York City. He was named after his father's high school, Regis High, a Catholic boy's school. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, in 1951, and earned his degree in sociology from Notre Dame University in Indiana. Philbin started his entertainment career as a stagehand in KCOP-TV, Los Angeles. He progressed to his own local shows like "Regis Philbin's Saturday Night in St. Louis", following that as host of "A.M. Los Angeles" in 1975. He also worked on "The Tonight Show" as a page, and soon thereafter, as a news writer at a local Los Angeles station. Philbin also served in the U.S. Navy. When he joined "Live," he had already hosted nearly a dozen talk and game shows, between 1970 and 1990, and went though a series of cohosts, before clicking with Kathie Lee. He went through a similar trial period when Gifford left the show, finally accepting Kelly Ripa as his new cohost. Philbin has written a cookbook with Kathie Lee as well as a biography, "Who Wants to be Me?" His awards include: May 2001, winner, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire; May 2001, winner, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, Live with Regis; 2001, TV Guide Personality of the Year; April 10, 2003, receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame; August 20, 2004, sets Guinness World Record for "Most Hours on Camera" 15,188 hours; April 2006, inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame; June 2008, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards; 2009, Guinness World Record updated to 16,540.5 hours.

Bill Zehme is the author of the New York Times bestseller THE WAY YOU WEAR YOUR HAT: FRANK SINATRA AND THE LOST ART OF LIVIN'. Recognized among the nation's more unique interpreters of popular culture, he is a longtime writer at large for Esquire, and his impressionistic profiles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Vanity Fair. During the six years of research for LOST IN THE FUNHOUSE, he served as supervising producer of the network television retrospective Taxi: A Celebration and consulting producer of the NBC-TV special A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman. He lives in Chicago.

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