The Resource Funny man : Mel Brooks, by Patrick McGilligan

Funny man : Mel Brooks, by Patrick McGilligan

Label
Funny man : Mel Brooks
Title
Funny man
Title remainder
Mel Brooks
Statement of responsibility
by Patrick McGilligan
Title variation
Mel Brooks
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The fourth and last child of Max and Kitty Kaminsky, Mel Brooks was born on his family's kitchen table in Brooklyn, New York, in 1926, and was not quite three-years-old when his father died of tuberculosis. Growing up in a household too poor to own a radio, Mel was short and homely, a mischievous child whose birth role was to make the family laugh. Beyond boyhood, after transforming himself into Mel Brooks, the laughs that came easily inside the Kaminsky family proved more elusive. His lifelong crusade to transform himself into a brand name of popular humor is at the center of master biographer Patrick McGilligan's Funny Man. In this exhaustively researched and wonderfully novelistic look at Brooks' personal and professional life, McGilligan lays bare the strengths and drawbacks that shaped Brooks' psychology, his willpower, his persona, and his comedy. McGilligan insightfully navigates the epic ride that has been the famous funnyman's life story, from Brooks's childhood in Williamsburg tenements and breakthrough in early television--working alongside Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner--to Hollywood and Broadway peaks (and valleys). His book offers a meditation on the Jewish immigrant culture that influenced Brooks, snapshots of the golden age of comedy, behind the scenes revelations about the celebrated shows and films, and a telling look at the four-decade romantic partnership with actress Anne Bancroft that superseded Brooks' troubled first marriage. Engrossing, nuanced and ultimately poignant, Funny Man delivers a great man's unforgettable life story and an anatomy of the American dream of success"--
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
LBSOR/DLC
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McGilligan, Patrick
Dewey number
  • 792.702/8092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN2287.B695
LC item number
M34 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • filmographies
Series statement
Thorndike Press large print biography and memoirs
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Brooks, Mel
  • Comedians
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Motion picture producers and directors
Target audience
adult
Label
Funny man : Mel Brooks, by Patrick McGilligan
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and filmography
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
1926 : Little World -- 1944 : Big world -- 1949 : Funny is money -- 1952 : Dreams and nightmares -- 1955 : Club Caesar -- 1957 : The genius awakes -- 1962 : The warm and fuzzy Mel -- 1965 : Springtime for Mel -- 1967 : Auteur, auteur! -- 1971 : Blazing Mel -- 1974 : Tops in taps -- 1975 : Club Brooks -- 1980 : Uneasy lies the head -- 1983 : Why so angry? -- 1986 : Frolics and detours -- 1995 : He who laughs last -- 2001 : Unstoppable
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
905 pages (large print), 14 unnumbered pages of plates
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432866778
Lccn
2019008289
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1091236222
  • 2026204
  • (OCoLC)on1091236222
  • 2026204
Label
Funny man : Mel Brooks, by Patrick McGilligan
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and filmography
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
1926 : Little World -- 1944 : Big world -- 1949 : Funny is money -- 1952 : Dreams and nightmares -- 1955 : Club Caesar -- 1957 : The genius awakes -- 1962 : The warm and fuzzy Mel -- 1965 : Springtime for Mel -- 1967 : Auteur, auteur! -- 1971 : Blazing Mel -- 1974 : Tops in taps -- 1975 : Club Brooks -- 1980 : Uneasy lies the head -- 1983 : Why so angry? -- 1986 : Frolics and detours -- 1995 : He who laughs last -- 2001 : Unstoppable
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
905 pages (large print), 14 unnumbered pages of plates
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432866778
Lccn
2019008289
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1091236222
  • 2026204
  • (OCoLC)on1091236222
  • 2026204

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