Cosby: The Life of a Comedy Legend

Cosby: The Life of a Comedy Legend

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by Ronald L. Smith
     
 

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Comedian, actor, and writer Bill Cosby is one of the most successful and respected entertainers in America. Yet the Cosby we know today came from a much different place and time than the ideal featured in his 1980s hit series "The Cosby Show," where the main character was a loveable, responsible doctor and family man.
Cosby: The Life of a Comedy Legend by Ronald

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Comedian, actor, and writer Bill Cosby is one of the most successful and respected entertainers in America. Yet the Cosby we know today came from a much different place and time than the ideal featured in his 1980s hit series "The Cosby Show," where the main character was a loveable, responsible doctor and family man.
Cosby: The Life of a Comedy Legend by Ronald L. Smith, a recognized writer on comedy and comedians, tracks the humble upbringing of the Cos in the Philadelphia projects; explores the inspiration he drew from his family, his teachers, the strong female figures in his life, and the books he read; discusses the hardships he experienced while working several jobs to help support his sisters and brothers after his father deserted the family; and reveals his lean years as a budding comic, his early successes, and the big break that brought him to television.
As the only biography of Bill Cosby for the adult market, this book explores his feelings and thoughts in great detail, while masterfully documenting Cosby's trailblazing work as a pioneering black performer who was one of the first to co-star in a drama series, "I Spy." Also discussed is Cosby's dedication to education and his efforts on behalf of children.
Included are exclusive interviews with family, friends, Cosby's college coach, his first manager, technical advisors from "The Cosby Show" and other big stars. Smith also includes a complete and up-to-date checklist of Cosby's writings, records, films, and television credits.

"Only a few minutes have lapsed since I closed the biography on Bill Cosby, and with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes, I immediately began writing my review. . . Cosby is an outstanding American, father, entertainer, and human being. Cosby is also a hero." -Tulsa World

"Cosby's humanitarian and educational values will motivate readers to become positive contributors to society." -School Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

Bookwatch
...remains the only up-to-date biography of Cosby for the adult market. A rich life is portrayed.
Newark Star-Ledger
Cosby is certainly a worthy subject -- and without a doubt there is much drama in this comic's life.
Cedar Rapids Gazette
Cosby fans will admire [this] new book....irresistible.
School Library Journal
YA--Smith's updated version of Cosby (1986) is not a tell-all celebrity biography but rather a factual account of Cosby's life from his early childhood to the present. Sporting a new jacket cover, the book has some new black-and-white photographs; an additional five chapters; and a revised list of Cosby's books, recordings, etc. This narrative concludes with the tragic death of Ennis Cosby. The author chronicles the comedian's career and life experiences with entertaining reminiscences from family, friends, actors, and the man himself. Readers may already be familiar with the Cosby wit, humor, and style but may not be aware of the struggle and dedication of a person who is comfortable with who he is. In reading these pages, one will find Cosby's human frailties and emotions that contribute to his huge success. Cosby's humanitarian and educational values will motivate readers to become positive contributors to society.--Connie Freeman, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN
Booknews
Details the comedian's roots and his career as a comic and an actor in television and film, as well as his efforts on behalf of young people. Draws on material from interviews with family and friends, Cosby's college coach, his first manager, and personnel on his most recent television show. Includes b&w photos, and a list of his writings, recordings, films, and television credits. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616140052
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
03/01/1997
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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Cosby: The Life of a Comedy Legend 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What word starts with 'f' and ends with 'uck'? <p> firetruck
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Confusing and good.