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

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: 9781620458877
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/01/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 325
Sales rank: 640,684
File size: 2 MB

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 and The Hollywood Book of Breakups.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Out of the Ashes of Despair     5
Born into the Spotlight     15
The King of the Street Corner     23
Hello and Good-bye to Brighton Beach     31
Swimming in the Borscht Belt     35
Off to War     43
Becoming Mel Brooks     51
Hail Caesar!     57
Smashing into the Ranks     61
Your Show of Shows     67
Living on the Edge     75
On the Torturous Road to Success     79
Broadway, Love, and Marriage     89
Farewell, Caesar     93
Unraveling     105
A Wacky Man for the Millenniums     113
A Season of Many Changes     123
A Remarkable New Love     131
Back to Broadway and Beyond     141
Becoming the Critic     151
Getting Smart     159
Flaunt It, Baby     169
Jumping in Front of the Cameras     185
Back in the Running-Again     193
A Monster Hit     197
On the Hollywood Treadmill     209
Stretching His Career Horizons     223
A Mighty Monarch at Last     235
Next Stop, Outer Space     247
Back to Work     257
Comedy-Tonight!     269
Carrying On     279
Mel Brooks's Film, Stage, and Television Credits     287
Bibliography     301
Index     309

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