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How I Lost 10 Pounds in 53 Years: A Memoir
     

How I Lost 10 Pounds in 53 Years: A Memoir

by Kaye Ballard, Jim Hesselman
 
From burlesque to vaudeville to big bands and nightclubs, from movies to television to Broadway, Kaye Ballard has seen it all and done it all. Now she tells it all, in a gossipy, upbeat memoir filled with great anecdotes about hanging out at the Actor’s Studio with Marlon Brando...playing Greenwich Village cabarets in the 1950s...performing with Lenny Bruce at the

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From burlesque to vaudeville to big bands and nightclubs, from movies to television to Broadway, Kaye Ballard has seen it all and done it all. Now she tells it all, in a gossipy, upbeat memoir filled with great anecdotes about hanging out at the Actor’s Studio with Marlon Brando...playing Greenwich Village cabarets in the 1950s...performing with Lenny Bruce at the Hungry i...doing live television in the 1950s and The Mothers-in-Law in the 1960s. Meet Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Bette Davis, Barbra Streisand, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Rogers and Hammerstein, Paul Lynde, Jimmy Durante, Bert Lahr, and practically everyone else in showbiz in the last sixty years, through the eyes and distinctive voice of the inimitable Kaye Ballard. Affectionate, amazing, and impossible to put down, How I Lost 10 Pounds in 53 Years is a wonderful tribute to a legendary trouper and her times.

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An amiable iron lady of show biz offers an archetypal theatrical memoir, covering more than six decades onstage. Eighty-year-old Ballard proudly presents the curriculum vitae of a genuine trouper, beginning with a song or two delivered in a hometown Chinese restaurant. (She's still available for bookings.) This stalwart entertainment warrior has performed in vaudeville, nightclubs, summer stock, TV, Broadway and Vegas, consistently delivering songs and comedy with considerable style. She has worked with flashy headliners and steadfast supporting players, stars and dimly recalled second bananas of bygone days. Remember Alice Ghostley, Jean Sablon, Sylvia Syms or Billy DeWolf? Ballard recalls them fondly. She's also run into celebrated folk like Mother Teresa. She rejected advances from Phil Silvers, but was more receptive to young Marlon Brando. For a stage-struck Italian girl from Cleveland, Ballard has come a long way, despite the vagaries of the biz, some flop sweat and her share of failures. Over the decades, rarely out of work, she's paid her dues for a performing life. Seasoned with just a touch of family angst, a bit of payback for a couple of bad actors and a little vamping, it's a traditional theatrical memoir in the with-pride-and-humility-how-lucky-I've-been genre. Co-author Hesselman does nothing to lift the prose above the ordinary, or to prune the platitudes. "Live life to the fullest," Ballard advises. "How life circles around and mixes together," she marvels. And, wouldn't you know it, she forthrightly believes that "all people have the right to be happy."Ballard is an expert at her craft, but it's not the craft of autobiography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823084784
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.53(h) x 0.85(d)

What People are Saying About This

Liz Smith
I learned more about comedy, timing, how to get laughs, speaking in public and appreciating the values of good humor and great fun while working for Kaye Ballard than I ever experienced elsewhere. Her native wit and intelligence shine through all my own personal successes. She is one of the great talents of show business who has lived it all, seen it all, and remained all heart through it all. Here is the story of a second generation immigrant’s rise to the top with laughter and amazement all the way.

Meet the Author

Kaye Ballard, star of stage, screen, and recording studio, has been in show business for more than sixty years. In 1946, when she was a movie usher, Spike Jones hired her right out of the aisles. In the following years, she sang with big bands, starred in The Golden Apple, Oklahoma!, Carnival, and many other shows on Broadway and off, appeared on the cover of Life, headlined the classic sitcom The Mothers-in-Law with Eve Arden, and acted in countless movies. Today she travels with her own one-woman shows, makes movies, and tours. She lives in Palm Springs, CA

Jim Hesselman is an actor/director/playwright who lives near Louisville, Kentucky where he runs his own production company, Theatre Island Productions.

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