It's Good to Be the King: The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks

It's Good to Be the King: The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks

by James Robert Parish

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Overview

This book traces the extraordinary life and career of Mel Brooks, who has ridden a wave of show business success perhaps unsurpassed by anyone of his generation. Offering many insights into the wacky world of Brooks and his many collaborators, as well as an intimate look into his successful marriage to the brilliant and beautiful actress Anne Bancroft, It's Good to Be the King might just be the most delightful, engaging, and entertaining biography you'll ever read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470225264
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/26/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 279,379
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

James Robert Parish, a former entertainment reporter, is the author of numerous books on the entertainment industry, including Fiasco: A History of Hollywood's Iconic Flops, the Hollywood book of Breakups, and the Hollywood Book of Extravagance: The totally Infamous, Mostly Disastrous, and Always Compelling Excesses of American's Film and TV Idols.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1. Out of the Ashes of Despair.

2. Born into the Spotlight.

3. The King of the Street Corner.

4. Hello and Good-bye to Brighton Beach.

5. Swimming in the Borscht Belt.

6. Off to War.

7. Becoming Mel brooks.

8. Hal Caesar!

9. Smashing into the Ranks.

10. Your Show of Shows.

11. Living on the Edge.

12. On the Torturous road to Success.

13. Broadway, Love and Marriage.

14. Farewell, Caesar.

15. Unraveling.

16. A Wacky Man for the Millenniums.

17. A Season of Many Changes.

18. A remarkable New Love.

19. Back to Broadway and Beyond.

20. Becoming the Critic.

21. Getting Smart.

22. Flaunt It, Baby.

23. Jumping in Front of the Cameras.

24. Back in the Running - Again.

25. A Monster Hit.

26. On the Hollywood Treadmill.

27. Stretching His Career Horizons.

28. A Mighty Monarch at Last.

29. Next Stop, Outer Space.

30. Back to Work.

31. Comedy - Tonight!

32. Carrying On.

Mel Brooks's Film, Stage, and Television Credits.

Bibliography.

Index

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