All my best friends

All my best friends Burns career has spanned the history of modern show business and here is the backstage story of the people who made that history The reader gets the inside scoop on those who created and shaped show

  • Title: All my best friends
  • Author: George Burns DavidFisher
  • ISBN: 9780091745769
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Burns career has spanned the history of modern show business, and here is the backstage story of the people who made that history The reader gets the inside scoop on those who created and shaped show business from Al Jolson and Jimmy Durante to Jack Benny and the Marx Brothers, All My Best Firends shows them as they really were their loves and feuds, their gimmicks andBurns career has spanned the history of modern show business, and here is the backstage story of the people who made that history The reader gets the inside scoop on those who created and shaped show business from Al Jolson and Jimmy Durante to Jack Benny and the Marx Brothers, All My Best Firends shows them as they really were their loves and feuds, their gimmicks and real talents Photographs.

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    1. Imagine George Burns reminiscing about his friends? Well that's exactly what happens in this delightful book. Burns talks about Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Ed Wynn, George Jessel and of course his long-time best friend, Jack Benny among many others. He dishes the good with the bad and finds humor in almost every situation. From vaudeville to radio to movies to the early days of television, he describes his pals and the gambles they took in their careers and personal life. If only I could have been [...]

    2. You probably need to be in the over-60 crowd to really appreciate this extensive set of anecdotes, a memoir of a show biz legend, all of 93 years old when this was published in '89. It’s not about his famous partner, wife Gracie – that relationship had been previously chronicled. Rather, this is Burns’ longtime recollections of famous friends in the biz – especially Groucho and Harpo Marx, Fanny Brice, Al Jolson, George Jessell, Eddie Cantor, and probably his best friend, Jack Benny. Alo [...]

    3. Old Hollywood is shown here, how it came from vaudeville, and grew along with radiod then faded away. It's a very smooth read, and even those who don't know Jimmy Durante from Archibald Leach can be entertained by the way each story represents a part of Burns' life. When you read it, especially if you have any familiarity with the personalities he describes, you will be entertained; but you'll also see nostalgia give way to melancholy. It is wrenching to outlive those you love, and Burns did it [...]

    4. I loved this book. It is a long, humorous, nostalgic look at George Burns's career and friends. It is full of memories of a long lifetime in show business. I recognized most of the names in the book. Most were from (or in a mid-career, sort of) in my parents' day, when they were growing up. Some began long before (as Burns did)But they were familiar names. Names my parents sometimes talked about. They were in shows that I saw as reruns when I was a kid (TV shows and/or movies). Funny stuff (Burn [...]

    5. George Burns tells stories about old friends of his: Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor, Fred Allen, Ed Wynn, etc. Enjoyable enough read but you can find that most of these stories were previously published elsewhere.

    6. This was a pretty good book, though I probably would have rated it 2 1/2 stars instead of 3 if I had the opportunity.This was a book written by the late George Burns about his friends in show business. Though he talked a little bit about himself, it was mostly tribute to people like his wife Gracie, Jack Benny, Al Jolson, Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Fanny Brice, and Jimmy Durante to name just a few. Starting from his days in Vaudeville, through radio and up to television, he describes how some of hi [...]

    7. I recently watched a video recording of Johnny Carson interviewing George Burns, who was then 93, as he reminisced about about vaudeville, burlesque, and the early days of radio and TV. He told stories about his old friends Jack Benny and Al Jolson as well as Georgie Jessel, Fanny Brice, WC Fields, the Marx brothers and many other old time comedians. (If these names are strange to you, this book is probably not for you.)This book is like an extended version of that interview. Since we can't sit [...]

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    9. this is a fascinating collection of stories about some of the greatest people in show business history, told by a man who was there. I got a little tired of burns' tendency to make a joke of everything, but, after all, he was a comedian (or, more accurately, a straight man for Gracie Allen). The best part of the book was the last chapter, telling about the death of "my best friend", Jack Benny. Taken together it's an enjoyable light read. Take it to the beach.

    10. Possibly a 2.5 star book. It has all the expected corny jokes. The reminiscences are great, but I cannot tell what's real, exaggerated, or completely fabricated. It was a bit like a "based on a true story" story rather than a straight autobiography. A nice look back and as close to real as we'll get - at the time Berle, Sinatra and Hope were still with us. Also, it's called All My Best Friends, but it seems Jack Benny was his only true friend.

    11. This, to me, is the quintessential record of vaudeville stories. If you have not found a fondness for ol' George Burns, I urge you to read this book. You will. This book and Gracie are incredibly valuable memoirs. George Burns has the memory of an elephant and tells stories like so few. It makes you feel the magic of what it was like to make those memories. He speaks of Al Jolson, George Jessel, Jack Benny, The Marx Brothers, Gracie Allen, and so many others.

    12. I found this book at a library book sale. I really enjoyed Gracie and thought this would be well-written. But it wasn't. It was written as if he was doing his standup comedy but with all his old showbiz stars as subjects. It was somewhat interesting, but I kept feeling that he was trying to entertain me in the vaudeville style.

    13. A delicious story of vaudeville and its stars. Vaudeville gave us our first movie, radio, and television stars. Author George Burns knew intimately some legends of show business: W.C. Fields, Al Jolson, Cary Grant, Fanny Brice, the Marx Brothers, Eddie Cantor, Jack Benny, Ed Wynn. All these and others come alive in this book.

    14. I loved this book because I felt like I knew all of these Vaudville actors that made the tranistion from the stage to radio to the movies after reading it and there were really great stories that were (supposedly) true. I love a good story, true or not.

    15. Fun romp with George from his days in vaudeville on. With a look, and some humorous stories about the group of friends he had from that time forward as well. Was a good light read. :-)

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