Gracie: A Love Story

Gracie: A Love Story

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by George Burns
     
 

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"SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE..."

With those now familiar words, George Burns and Gracie Allen bid farewell to devoted audiences at the end of each of their broadcasts throughout the Golden Age of radio and television. Now, in this moving audio portrait, George Burns tells the story of his life with Gracie, the dizzy comedienne whose "illogical logic" charmed America.

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"SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE..."

With those now familiar words, George Burns and Gracie Allen bid farewell to devoted audiences at the end of each of their broadcasts throughout the Golden Age of radio and television. Now, in this moving audio portrait, George Burns tells the story of his life with Gracie, the dizzy comedienne whose "illogical logic" charmed America. Burns recalls their first meeting, the vaudeville tours, family days in Hollywood, and their lasting friendship with Jack Benny and other entertainment greats. Here is one of America's most beloved comedians remembering the woman he loved best and the extraordinary life they shared together.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Delineating the intelligent woman behind the comedic facade, Burns here tells a true-love story of his marriage to Gracie Allen, who died in 1964. ``Describing their professional and personal life together, Burns fills the book a bestseller in cloth with infectious humor, although one feels his loss,'' remarked PW. Photos. 250,000 first printing; $150,000 ad/promo. (Nov.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Burns opens this book with ``For forty years my act consisted of one joke. And then she died.'' This is a tribute to Gracie Allen, Burns's wife and partner, and the story of their life together, from vaudeville through early radio and television. Reading this entertaining account is just like listening to Burns talk. In fact, he signals jokes by telling the reader, ``Now I'm puffing on my cigar.'' Burns gives a good behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood and their famous friends, such as Jack Benny and Ronald Reagan. But what primarily emerges is a sensitive profile of Allen, who was a tough, clever, workhorse of a comedian, despite her ``Dumb Dora'' role, and a generous spirit. Recommended for public libraries. Barbara Carroll, M.L.S., Eau Claire, Wis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140126563
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/27/1989
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Gracie 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I adore Gracie Allen! George Burns really knows how to tell a story, and on every page I found myself laughing out loud or crying hysterically! This book is great for people like me: people who have a hard time really getting into a book. It plays out like a movie, and the stories are sweet and funny! Best book I've ever read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this day and age when marriage and commitment are unpopular at best, this book reminds us of the meaning of true love.It is a true romance novel. Anyone who likes George Burns and old time radio comedians will find this a true treasure.