The Golden Ham: A Candid Biography of Jackie Gleason

The Golden Ham A Candid Biography of Jackie Gleason The Golden Ham first published in recounts the career of entertainer and comedian Jackie Gleason from his beginnings in show business to the mid s when he was at the peak of his e

  • Title: The Golden Ham: A Candid Biography of Jackie Gleason
  • Author: Jim Bishop
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Golden Ham, first published in 1956, recounts the career of entertainer and comedian Jackie Gleason 1916 1987 from his beginnings in show business to the mid 1950s when he was at the peak of his early success with The Honeymooners.From the book s dust jacket In his foreword, author Jim Bishop says of Jackie Gleason that when the comedian read the manuscript for theThe Golden Ham, first published in 1956, recounts the career of entertainer and comedian Jackie Gleason 1916 1987 from his beginnings in show business to the mid 1950s when he was at the peak of his early success with The Honeymooners.From the book s dust jacket In his foreword, author Jim Bishop says of Jackie Gleason that when the comedian read the manuscript for the first time he did not ask that anything be either omitted or altered And yet there were parts of this biography that made him wince For The Golden Ham is candid biography To it Mr Bishop brought his painstaking interest in detail, his reporter s curiosity, his layman s interest in the world of the theater, and his detachment And most important, he began and ended his job with Jackie Gleason s guarantee that nothing Bishop wrote would be censored The result is a kind of theatrical biography that is entirely new and, like Gleason himself, is made up of a great deal of a great many things As Bishop says There are several Jackie Gleasons I know some of them There is Gleason the comedian Millions know him, and he s a great talent Then there is Gleason the producer and Gleason the writer Some people know theseGleason the businessman second rate, but he thinks he s good at it and then there is Gleason the thinker apt and fast and Gleason the man fat, out of shape, but light on his feet and Gleason the tenement house kid from Brooklyn nervy and not a bit surprised that he s on top and Gleason the lover, Gleason the musician, Gleason the moody, and Gleason the lonely, tormented soul This is a book about Jackie Gleason If you like him, it may make you like him , or less, depending on the kind of person you are If you never liked him, it may change your mind a little If you never had any special attitude toward Jackie Gleason, you will have one by the time you have finished this book.Gleason, a 4 pack a day smoker, passed away at his home in Florida on June 24, 1987.

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    1. 'The Golden Ham' is a book for those who grew up on Television in the 50's and 60's, who watched the exploits of Jackie Gleason in 'The Honeymooners' and caught his movies. I wanted to know about the man who made us laugh, and while reading the Jim Bishop biography, I wanted to cry. Jackie Gleason grew up fighting poverty while living with his mother, after the family had been abandoned by his father while Jackie was young. He took odd jobs and hung out at the pool halls, bars and theatres, know [...]

    2. The Great OneThis is an early biography of Brooklyn's own Jackie Gleason as authorized by the man himselfexcellent read detailing his start in Bushwick, Brooklyn up until the early days of TVHighly recommended

    3. First published in 1956, recounts the career of entertainer and comedian Jackie Gleason (1916-1987) from his beginnings in show-business to the mid-1950s when he was at the peak of his early success with The Honeymooners. #memoir #comedy #entertainment

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