Get in the Car, Jane (Adventures in the TV Wasteland)

Get in the Car, Jane (Adventures in the TV Wasteland)

by Billy Van Zandt
Get in the Car, Jane (Adventures in the TV Wasteland)

Get in the Car, Jane (Adventures in the TV Wasteland)

by Billy Van Zandt



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GET IN THE CAR, JANE! A behind the scenes memoir of Emmy-nominated writer/producer Billy Van Zandt and his years making America's favorite (and not so favorite) sit-coms. It is filled with first hand observations of Lucille Ball, Brooke Shields, Frank Sinatra, Don Rickles, Martin Lawrence, Andrew Dice Clay, Richard Lewis, Bob Newhart, Jamie Lee Curtis, The Wayans Bros., Richard Mulligan, Alan Arkin, DL Hughley, film legend Dorothy Lamour, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, Rosie O'Donnell, Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis, Penny Marshall, and Matthew Perry among many others. Part behind-the-scenes gossip, part textbook, all truth. A funny insider's look at Hollywood as well as an invaluable and insightful guide to writing and producing sit-coms, GET IN THE CAR, JANE! Is a book for everybody who's ever been passionate about their work and frustrated with the obstacles they need to overcome just to do their job.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162988014
Publisher: Van Zandt/Milmore Productions
Publication date: 08/17/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore are two of the most often-produced playwrights in the world. "These two people are a riot!" New York Times.

Billy and Jane met at a high school drama competition in their home state of New Jersey. Until Miss Milmore's death in 2020, they wrote and starred in twenty-three plays together, including the international hit comedy "You've Got Hate Mail"; Off-Broadway's tribute to slapstick comedy "Silent Laughter;" cult favorite "Drop Dead;" the Marx Bros. musical "A Night at the Nutcracker;" and the summer stock perennial farce "Love Sex, and the I.R.S." In addition, Billy's solo play "The Property Known as Garland" starring Adrienne Barbeau broke house records at Off-Broadway's Actors Playhouse.

Their plays have been produced in thousands of theaters worldwide, including two productions directed by Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis ("Billy and Jane are funny, outrageous, off the charts writer/performers!"), and one by film legend Burt Reynolds.

All the Van Zandt/Milmore plays are published by Samuel French, Inc., and translated into multiple languages around the globe. "You've Got Hate Mail" (which won Mexico's New Best Play) continues to be an ongoing international hit.

For television, these award-winning writers produced over three hundred hours of comedy, including "Newhart;" "Martin" which won them a People's Choice Award and two NAACP Image Awards; "The Hughleys;" "Suddenly Susan" with Brooke Shields; "Daddy Dearest" with Don Rickles and Richard Lewis; "Anything But Love" with Jamie Lee Curtis; "Bless This House" with Andrew Dice Clay and Cathy Moriarty; "The Wayans Bros.;" "Yes, Dear," "Center of the Universe" with John Goodman and Jean Smart, and "I Love Lucy: The Very First Show" which won them an Emmy nomination.

On the big screen, Billy made his movie acting debut in "Jaws 2," and appeared in "Taps" with Tom Cruise and Sean Penn; Star Trek: the Motion Picture," and "A Wake in Providence" written by Billy and Jane, which won the Audience Award at both the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and the Boston Film Festival.

Bill lives in Los Angeles, when he's not touring in the final Van Zandt/Milmore collaboration, "The Boomer Boys Musical."
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