Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson

by Henry Bushkin


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544334489
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 135,123
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Henry Bushkin is a lawyer living in Los Angeles. For 18 years, he was Johnny Carson's personal legal adviser, fixer, confidant, and close friend.

Table of Contents

Chapter One
1979: The Star Among Stars 1

Chapter Two
1970: Breaking In 19

Chapter Three
1970: Calamity John 41

Chapter Four
1972: Joanne and Joanna 58

Chapter Five
1972–1978: Stairway to Paradise 80

Chapter Six
1979: NBC — See Ya 104

Chapter Seven
1979–1980: Free Agency 119

Chapter Eight
1979–1980: Clear Sailing 139

Chapter Nine
1980–1981: The Inauguration 153

Chapter Ten
1972–1980: Vegas 176

Chapter Eleven
1980–1984: Hobson’s Choices 201

Chapter Twelve
1982–1985: Homme et Femme 216

Chapter Thirteen
1982–1985: Days of Weinberger and Neuroses 230

Chapter Fourteen
1987: Darkness Falls 248

Chapter Fifteen
1987–1988: The End 264

Acknowledgments 281
Index 282

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Johnny Carson 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
HappyDancer More than 1 year ago
Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin is an exceptional biography of the one-time King of Late Night. As the attorney for Carson, Bushkin has an unprecedented insight into the comedian. This story focuses on Carson at the height of his fame. It is extremely well researched and extremely well written. It is a fascinating book.
DianeCascade More than 1 year ago
Henry Bushkin knows how to tell a good story. Johnny Carson by Bushkin is a frank and telling look at the life of Johnny Carson during his tenure as host of the Tonight Show. You don’t have to be a Johnny Carson fan to enjoy Bushkin’s story. It is a wonderful book filled with insight. The information on Johnny’s mother and his strained relationship with her gives new light to Johnny’s adult problems with relationships. Five stars.
coreyblissford More than 1 year ago
I was touched by how sad Johnny Carson's life was. I thought this was a phenomenal book. It kept my attention the whole way through.
Tutielynn More than 1 year ago
Thanks Mr. Bushkin for letting us know Johnny Carson was an SOB who disliked his mother but wanted her approval. Or, what an SOB he was in Buisness, or what and SOB he was top his employees. You say he was a difficult person to work for, but you sure as hell enjoyed the perks. Women, booze, traveling, money, dating celebrities, even the notoriety . Seems to me you enjoyed the entire Carson trip. Too bad your wife had a cheating, lying man for a husband. But let me tell you what I came away with after reading this book. Your total greed for money and self importance. Johnny Carson may have been an SOB but you, you were a leach. Too bad it took him 10 years to get rid of you. Oh, and for those people reading this review. This book is really all about Mr. Bushkin and what he got out of being Johnny's lawyer and, so called friend.
MahMah More than 1 year ago
The author of this book asks the question "WHAT ABOUT ME?", literally and suggestively throughout its 300 + pages, yet while reading it, admittedly google-eyed, to its rather predictable conclusion, I couldn't help but feel that it is he, Henry Bushkin, whom this bizarro bio is really all about! Johnny Carson in death remains the enigmatic person that he always was when he lived, but I certainly got an insightful picture of what makes Henry BUSHKIN tick --and I can't say that I particularly like the picture!
Robynn More than 1 year ago
Well Wriiten! This is a must read if you grew up watching the Tonight Show with Johhny Carson. An in-depth look at his life and written in an easy read fashion. I really enjoyed this peek into Johnny's world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bushkin skips over salient facts such as his scamming money from Carson. He should have been fired years before. Such a parasite.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
A real eye-opener. However, this story was as much about the author as about Johnny Carson. Whenever I read a bio, I take what the author says with a grain of salt since the book is written from their personal perspective. If all that is written can be believed, Johnny was not the happy comedian we all grew to love through the Tonight Show. Bushkin depicts both himself and Johnny as human beings who triumphed and failed in many aspects of their lives. Candid. I just wish this book contained less of Bushkin's bio and more about Johnny. A better title would have been something like Bushkin's Life and My Association with Johnny Carson!
Gibletmom More than 1 year ago
Not a great Carson lover to begin with it just brought out more flaws I didnt know about. It was a quick read (thank goodness( and a personal story. Not a nice person overall, but made too much money and had too many temptations in front of him. Would not re-read.
Lace1cat More than 1 year ago
No surprises here! I always knew he was a unique man! I loved the man so much that I NEVER watched the Tonight Show again! This remains true today. Jay Leno could be the funniest, most entertaining person in the world and I could care little. There will never be another Carson!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For fans of Johnny this bio makes him real; a human granted great fame and fortune, but still a human with all the temptations and weaknesses. sadly, you find out that his life was not as happy as his persona, but his experiences are many and this book guides you through them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading about someone I enjoyed watching for many years. Mr. Carson was a unique individual and very complex. What we saw, was not always the real Johnny Carson. I think this was an honestly written book by someone who knew him about as much as Johnny Carson allowed anyone to really know him. He certainly was not always likeable, but he is still remembered fondly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Johnny always seemed sad to me. He had expert timing and was funny but you cant buy real love. Well written with interesting insight but author was only in it for money and perks just as all the others were.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was not worth the money. Good form in writing style but never developed the characters, carson or the author himself . A book of facts events - boring.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Henry Bushkin tells his story in a very honest and Frank way. He give the ups and downs and admits to both the good and bad deeds. He shows a side of Johnny Carson the public didn't see, without any trumped up feelings or animosity.
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Into these minor tell all and dont quick read. no in dept or angst musings the personality star rather than actor is always hard to bio or auto bio since they are foils to others
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most honest and rivetting biographies I've ever read. A must-have for any Carson fan, young or old!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and was suprised by his excessive womanizing and drinking! I still miss him, Johnny was and will always be King of Late Night TV !!!
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sp61 More than 1 year ago
truth and insight versus Bushkins ego / spin? Some interesting stories about Johnny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was okay but mostly about Carson's business deals with some insight to his tantrums, power and "kiss my ass" or you are out of my realm attitude. Other information is about Bushkin's career thanks to Johnny. Though interesting and feel reading is knowledge, I am most thankful that I live a normal life and not around drunks, arrogance, cigarette addictions, womanizing males who think think this is a grand life which is also the brunt of this book. Yes, money was there and this book truly says money does not bring happiness. This book continues with the true Johnny and places the blame on his mother for the way he is. He wasn't smart enough to let his mother go but instead continued to try harder, and then develop very bad marriages instead of trying to figure out the real problem, himself, and get help. Thank goodness I cannot relate to this lifestyle, and will appreciate being poor but content. I can't believe Bushkin even put up with him- well money speaks I guess along with his own but huge lack of self esteem and ethics. Yes Johnny had talent but he had nothing else. Bushkin kissed Carson's butt and made money but had nothing else as well. (No sympathy from me) Sad life for both of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago