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It's Better to Laugh...: Life, Good Luck, Bad Hair Days, and QVC


Kathy Levine, the television hostess from the widely viewed cable television shopping network, describes her struggle to find herself, her discoveries about life, and her hard-won successes.

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Kathy Levine, the television hostess from the widely viewed cable television shopping network, describes her struggle to find herself, her discoveries about life, and her hard-won successes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
QVC is one of the most successful cable TV shopping channels, and Levine is one of its most successful ``hosts,'' i.e., pitchwoman. Those already in love with Levine, and their number is legion, will be as eager to buy her autobiography as they are to purchase anything she sells on the tube; others won't. As told to Scovell, who also collaborated on books with Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Horne, Kathy's life story is the tale of a Jewish girl with a wonderfully supportive mother and a sour, negative father, who grew up overweight and self-deprecating, married and divorced a nice guy who didn't want a wife with a career, schlepped around in a series of jobs and finally found her niche at QVC. Amid her claims that her primary motivation is bringing happiness to viewers, it becomes clear that she could give lessons in fiscal focus to J.P. Morgan and Donald Trump. This TV diva who has come into her own gives us the ``real poop'' throughout, e.g., ``Being a single woman is not a curse... you don't necessarily need a `man' [but] you do need a purpose.'' Author tour. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451661910
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 9/2/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 866,346
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Rivers is a force of nature—and one of the hardest working celebrities in the world—comedienne, bestselling author, Tony-nominated actress, playwright, screenwriter, motion picture director, columnist, lecturer, syndicated radio host, Emmy Award-winning talk show host, jewelry designer, Red Carpet fashion laureate, businesswoman, and mother and grandmother.

Jane Scovell has written books with Elizabeth Taylor, Ginger Rogers, Maureen Stapleton, Marilyn Horne, and Kitty Dukakis, and biographies of Oona Chaplin and Samuel Ramey. She now adds Dorf, Mr. Tudball, and The Old Man to her list.

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Table of Contents

1 TV or Not TV 1
2 Hair Wins by a Nose 17
3 Little (Ha!) Kathy Kauffman 34
4 "Was It Bueno for You?" 51
5 The Boss and Groom 70
6 Friendly Fire 111
7 Thee and Me and QVC 123
8 Here's the (Real) Jeffery 142
9 The Happy Hawker 167
10 Diller Meets Diva 193
11 To Bee or Not to Bee 224
12 Who's Afraid of the Big B.H.D.? 243
13 The Stars Are Out Tonight 245
14 Life Is Short, Death Is Long...Eat Dessert First! 270
Glossary: Vaddaya Mean? 277
Afterword 279
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