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Biographies

This Time Together: Laughter and ReflectionThis Time Together: Laughter and Reflection
Carol Burnett
With a sharp eye and her trademark self-deprecating humour, Carol Burnett tells the story of her rise in show business and the people she met along the way, from such Hollywood greats as Jimmy Stewart, Marlon Brando, and Cary Grant, to the family, cast and audience members who motivated her. The anecdotes range from the hilarious to the heartbreaking. Throughout these reminiscences, a portrait emerges of a totally down-to-earth, richly talented, and amusingly spunky woman whose life and career are moving, insightful, and ultimately inspiring. Hardcover, 267 pp. $29.95.


Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable OptimistAlways Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

Michael J. Fox
In Always Looking Up, Michael J. Fox writes about the hard-won perspective that helped him see challenges as opportunities. Instead of building walls around himself, he developed a personal policy of engagement and discovery. Hardcover, 279 pp. $33.99.

It's Only TemporaryIt's Only Temporary
Evan Handler
Picking up ten years after his first book, Time on Fire, Evan Handler again uses his laceratingly funny and revealing storytelling skills to weave twenty-one new tales into a defiantly unconventional memoir. Consistently witty and insightful, Handler's stories shift effortlessly from the comedic to the profound, musing with equal intensity on the existence of God and his experiences with TV stardom. Hardcover, 223 pp. $27.50.


The Encyclopedia ShatnericaThe Encyclopedia Shatnerica

Robert Schnakenberg
This updated edtion of the Encyclopedia Shatnerica is your complete guide to the life and work of William Shatner -- actor, singer, writer, director, horseman, game show host, and legendary Hollywood lothario. Hop aboard the Starship Irreverent as certified "Shatnerologist" Robert Schnakenberg documents every aspect of The Great One's career. Softcover, 288 pp. $18.95.


The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three ActsThe Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts

Tom Farley Jr. & Tanner Colby
The Chris Farley Show is a deeply moving biography feauturing more than 100 exclusive interviews from industry professionals, family, and friends that knew him best. It charts his rise through the ranks of Chicago's ImprovOlympic and Second City, takes us behind the scenes for his dramatic tenure at Saturday Night Live, and follows his harrowing descent into years of insecurity and addiction. Hardcover, 348 pp. $29.50.


Audition: A MemoirAudition: A Memoir

Barbara Walters
After more than forty years of interviewing heads of state, world leaders, movie stars, criminals, murderers, inspirational figures, and celebrities of all kinds, Barbara Walters has turned her gift for examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life. Hardcover, 600 pp. $34.00.


Sit, Ubu, SitSit, Ubu, Sit

Gary David Goldberg
In Sit, Ubu, Sit, award-winning writer/producer Gary David Goldberg tells the mostly upbeat, sometimes difficult, and frequently hilarious tale of his improbable career and the people who have filled it. A love story and a rare behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment industry, Sit, Ubu, Sit proves that it is possible to be creative and successful while holding on to your integrity, your family, and your sense of humor. Softcover, 256 pp. $15.95.


George Clooney: The Last Great Movie StarGeorge Clooney: The Last Great Movie Star

Kimberly Potts
In this long awaited and only up-to-date biography of one of Hollywood's most colorful leading men, pop culture expert Kimberly Potts traces Clooney's life from smalltown boy to big-screen idol. Potts also recounts how Clooney has gained success and acclaim with his shrewd strategy of alternating blockbuster movie roles with les lucrative "passion" projects -- such as Syriana and Good Night, and Good Luck -- that reflect his personal ethics. Including essential Clooney photographs, a filmography, timeline and a list of his favorite 100 films, this is the book no Clooney fan will want to be without. Softcover, 256 pp. $22.95.

Starring Brian LinehanStarring Brian Linehan
George Anthony
The elegant host of talk shows City Lights and then Linehan, Brian Linehan interviewed mmmore than two thousand stars over three decades - eventually becoming as famous as the people he spoke with. George Anthony, one of Linehan's oldest friends and colleagues, reveals all: the wit, the infighting, the insecurity, the famous friends, and the groundbreaking interviews. Deeply personal, Starring Brian Linehan is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, as it traces Linehan's rise to fame, his troubled private life, and his death by cancer in 2004. Hardcover, 342 pp. $34.99.


A Woman Trapped in a Woman's BodyA Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body
Lauren Weedman
A Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body is about the nightmare of ending up being nothing like the woman you had intended on being. Writer and performer Lauren Weedman's stories are comical and painfully cringeworthy. Softcover, 242 pp. $19.95.


Inside InsideInside Inside
James Lipton
A revealing behind-the-scenes portrait of the award-winning TV show Inside the Actor's Studio and its creator and host, James Lipton. Softcover, 492 pp. $16.50.


Get SmashedGet Smashed. The Story of the Men Who Made the Adverts that Changed Our Lives
Sam Delaney
Between the 1960s and the 1980s some of the most influential men in the country spent most of the day in the pub and got paid more than the Prime Minister. They were responsible for transforming a lifeless advertising industry into something exciting and extravagant--they came up with the idea of selling lifestyles. Get Smashed is their story, a story of ambition, obsession and excess which illustrates how the ads that began reflecting British culture came to define it. Softcover, 214 pp. $34.95.


Never Have Your Dog Stuffed and Other Things I've LearnedNever Have Your Dog Stuffed and Other Things I've Learned
Alan Alda
A star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and, for eleven years, the inimitable Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H -- during which time he became the only person ever to win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing -- Alan Alda has now written a memoir as elegant, funny, and affecting as his greatest performances. Never Have Your Dog Stuffed is the touching story of Alda's professional and personal development, but surprisingly it is the story of a life more filled with turbulence and laughter than any he has ever played on stage or screen. Readers will be moved by this candid autobiography. Hardcover 224 pp. $33.95.


In the FrameIn the Frame: My Life in Words and Pictures

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren has been working in stage, film and television for over forty years and is one of the world’s most admired actors. Her early beginnings were not always glamorous, as she reveals in this delightful memoir. Beginning with the story of her Russian antecedents stranded in England by the Bolshevik revolution, Mirren takes us through a life story that is richly documented with photographs and memorabilia collected from her earliest days to the present. A memoir and a life to savour from one of the great personalities of our age. Hardcover. $37.95. Coming in October.


Considering Doris DayConsidering Doris Day

Tom Santopietro
The biggest female box-office attraction in Hollywood history, Doris Day remains unequaled as the only entertainer who has ever triumphed in movies, radio, recordings, and a multi-year weekly television series. Tom Santopietro uncovers the unexpected facets of Day's surprisingly sexy acting and singing style. Considering Doris Day is a book that grants Doris Day her rightful place as a singular American artist. Hardcover, 388 pp. $31.95.


Everybody's Daughter: Nobody's ChildEverybody's Daughter: Nobody's Child
Jane Lapotaire
A memoir written by one of Britain's most outstanding actors, Everybody's Daughter, Nobody's Child is a vivid chronicle of childhood, evoking the England of the fifties and the confusions of growing up illegitimate. Softcover, 369 pp. $18.00.


Calcium Made InterestingCalcium Made Interesting

Graham Chapman & Jim Yoakum
This unique anthology shows there was far more to Graham then a belief in the absurd. Calcium Made Interesting includes previously unpublished essays and teleplays, unperformed sketches, transcripts of Graham's lecture tours, letters to his bank manager, serious articles petitioning for gay rights, and reflections on his fellow Pythons. Softcover, 332 pp. $17.99.

The Two of Us: My Life With John ThawThe Two of Us: My Life With John Thaw
Sheila Hancock
When John Thaw, star of The Sweeney, Inspector Morse and Goodnight Mister Tom, died in 2002, a nation lost one of its finest actors. Sheila Hancock lost a beloved husband. The Two of Us is a biography of a born actor and the complex man behind the roles; a portrait of a passionate marriage that weathered drink, separation and cancer. Softcover, 301 pp. $15.95.


Moss Hart: A Prince of the Theatre Moss Hart: A Prince of the Theatre

Jared Brown
This long-awaited biography -- the first to be written with the full support and cooperation of Moss Hart's family and friends -- is more than just an assessment of Hart's magnificent Broadway career; it is a thoughtfully written portrait of the man behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning legend. Hardcover, 452 pp. $36.95.

On The CouchOn The Couch
Lorraine Braco
In this engaging memoir, Lorraine Bracco opens up about her career, her marriages, her determination to be a good mother, and her refusal to be marginalized as an actress and a woman in a society obsessed with youth and beauty. On the Couch delivers with all the force of this amazing woman's marvelous personality. Hardcover, 292 pp. $34.00.

There are Worse Things I Could DoThere are Worse Things I Could Do
Adrienne Barbeau
Adrienne Barbeau never set out to be a sex symbol and she never planned on giving birth to twins when she was fifty-one, but both those stories and a lot more are detailed in this witty, revealing memoir. With humour and fearlessness, she shares her romance with a superstar, her marriage to a famous film director, her marriage to a much younger man, and her successful battle with infertility. Hardcover, $32.50.

One Fine Stooge: Larry Fine's Frizzy Life in Pictures One Fine Stooge: Larry Fine's Frizzy Life in Pictures
Steve Cox & Jim Terry
Certainly one of the most famous trios in the history of show business, The Three Stooges are genuine icons of comedy. This is their story as revealed by Larry Fine, in his own words, augmented by fascinating anecdotes from family members and friends. This tumultuous trip is based on Larry's memoirs, now published for the first time, along with his astonishing collection of rare photographs -- including 50 images in full colour. Hardcover, 241 pp. $37.95.


BelushiBelushi
Judith Belushi Pisano & Tanner Colby
On the day he turned thirty, John Belushi starred in America's number-one movie (Animal House), starred in the number-one late-night show (SNL) and had recorded a number-one album (Briefcase Full of Blues). This biography shows how this Albanian immigrant's son captured the nation's imagination during his high-priced, high-speed, short-lived career. Filled with never-before-seen photos and provocative, intensely personal testimonials by just about every major comedic figure of the last half century this remarkable and raucous story of a larger-than-life figure provides an eye-opening glimpse into the life of a pop culture legend. Hardcover, 288 pp. $42.00.


Between You and Me: A Memoir Between You and Me: A Memoir
Mike Wallace
Famous and infamous, they all have one confidant in common -- Mike Wallace. Now, in this candid and revealing book, Wallace tells behind-the-scenes stories from his remarkable sixty-year career. Here are intimate anecdotes, off-camera antics, never-before-told tales, and, most important, Wallace's insights about some unforgettable characters. Included is a 82-minute DVD of Wallace's most famous interviews. Hardcover, 292 pp. $36.95.


It's Not Easy Being GreenIt's Not Easy Being Green
Edited by Cheryl Henson
For millions of people, the name Jim Henson equals fun, creativity, compassion, wackiness, and all the energy and joy of the Muppets. In It's Not Easy Being Green, we read Jim's own words, as well as those of some of his best-known characters like Kermit the Frog and Ernie, and we get a generous helping of the philosophy and humour that was so essential to Jim's creations. Hardcover, 197 pp. $22.95.

Darling JudiDarling Judi: A Celebration of Judi Dench
John Miller
Published: Dec 01, 2004Judi Dench is one of Britain's best-lover actors. Now, to mark her seventieth birthday, her biographer John Miller has invited fellow actors, writers, people of the theatre, film and television to illustrate her genius and character from their own experience and perspective.  Darling Judi includes contributions from the likes of David Hare, Billy Connolly, and Richard Eyre - among many others.  Darling Judi offers a unique perspective of one of the most fascinating actors of our time. Hardcover, 195 pp. $39.95.

This Hour Has Seven DecadesThis Hour Has Seven Decades
Patrick Watson
In This Hour Has Seven Decades, Patrick Watson gives a first-person account of a sunny and adventurous childhood, the early days of broadcasting, the troubled years of his chairmanship of the CBC, and the myriad projects of the in-between and later years, in a frank, gossipy narrative that reflects the story-telling skills that have made his novels and historical books bestsellers. Hardcover, 614 pp. $34.95.


Prunella: The Authorized Biography of Prunella Scales Prunella: The Authorized Biography of Prunella Scales
Teresa Ransom
The characters Prunella Scales has played are some of the best-loved -- and most diverse -- on stage or screen. To some she is Sybil Fawlty, the terror of Torquay; to others a reincarnation of Queen Victoria -- or any other of a host of extraordinary women. That she can assume so diverse a range of personalities and make them her own is the cornerstone of a career that has spanned more than five decades. But as Teresa Ransom discovers, it is her own story -- her memories and experiences -- that makes these characters so memorable and real. Hardcover, 250 pp. $39.95.


Actor Nicholas Pennell: Risking Enchantment	Actor Nicholas Pennell: Risking Enchantment
Mary Z. Maher
Nicholas Pennell skyrocketed to fame in the BBC's 1967 television serial, The Forsyte Saga, but was best known as a classical actor at the Stratford festival. Before his untimely death at the age of 56, he had played 250 parts in theatre, film, and television. Interviews with Pennell, as well as with his friends and colleagues, inform this biography, written with actors in mind and sparkling with Pennell's narrative gifts and teeming with theatrical advice about performing for the stage and screen. Softcover, 172 pp. $34.95.

Hollywood Causes CancerHollywood Causes Cancer: The Tom Green Story
Tom Green
For the first time, Tom Green -- the Canadian who shot to fame as host of MTV's The Tom Green Show; starred in a hit movie; wrote and directed his own film, which was soundly trashed by the critics; married and divorced Hollywood royalty; and suffered a very public, poignant, and even darkly comic battle with testicular cancer -- tells the wild story of his unlikely journey from media darling to media punching bag and how he survived the Hollywood machine. Hardcover, 257 pp. $33.95.

No Room For SecretsNo Room For Secrets
Joanna Lumley
In No Room For Secrets, Joanna Lumley uses the unique structure of a tour through her house to tell the story of her life. Intimate, funny, intriguing and moving, this is a more surprising and revealing autobiography than any sensationalist "kiss and tell" memoir you will ever read. Inside you will find the real Joanna Lumley. Hardcover, 264 pp. $38.00.

A Portrait of the Artist as AustralianA Portrait of the Artist as Australian
L'Oeuvre Bizzare de Barry Humphries
Paul Matthew St. Pierre
Best known for his flamboyant character Dame Edna Everage, Australian actor and comedian Barry Humphries is also the critically acclaimed author of twenty-nine books. Looking at Humphries within a social and historical context, this is the first critical assessment of his entire oeuvre, especially his career as an author. Hardcover, 363 pp. $49.95.

Lucy & DesiLucy & Desi: A Real Life Scrapbook of America's Favorite TV Couple
Elisabeth Edwards
Drawing on more than 100 oversized personal scrapbooks kept by Lucy and Desi, hundreds of original documents, rare photographs, unusual correspondence and all manner of memorabilia have been selected for this unique collection. Fans the world over will cherish this one-of-a-kind glimpse behind-the-scenes and into the lives of these cherished icons. Hardcover, $49.95.

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Shattered Love: A MemoirShattered Love: A Memoir
Richard Chamberlain
|With an acting career that has spanned over four decades, Richard Chamberlain has spent most of his life under the scrutiny of the public eye; however, he has always felt compelled to keep certain aspects of his life closely guarded. In this warm, touching, and brave autobiography, he relates a lifetime of stories, experiences, and personal truths, indicating, as a man in his sixties, that he has finally found peace with the world, and himself. Softcover, 246 pp. $22.95.

The PythonsThe Pythons: The Autobiography by The Pythons
In 1969, an unscrupulous, untrustworthy and frankly slimy theatrical agent named Monty Python created his Flying Circus (itself a misnomer as no animals, clowns, high wire acts or trapezes were to be found). Now, for the first time, Monty tells the full story, admittiing using the voices of others -- Chapman, Cleese, Idle, Gilliam, Jones, and Palin -- to do so. At any rate, here it is, the full blockbusting story of Monty Python. Hardcover, 359 pp. $85.00. Audio CD $24.95.

Caesar's HoursCaesar's Hours: My Life in Comedy, with Love and Laughter
Sid Caesar
As the star and creative genius behind Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour, Sid Caesar made a seismic impact on television comedy during its golden age in the 1950s. In this entertaining autobiography, Sid takes us behind-the-scenes, onto the stage, and into his life, to show us how some of the funniest moments in television history came to be. Hardcover, 307 pp. $40.00.


Who's Sorry Now: The True Story of a Stand-Up GuyWho's Sorry Now: The True Story of a Stand-Up Guy
Joe Pantoliano
Ubiquitous character actor Joe Pantoliano tells it like it is in this personal memoir. Famous for his supporting roles in Memento, The Matrix, The Sopranos, The Fugitive, The Goonies, and many others, 'Joey Pants' finally gets centre stage in this beguiling autobiography. Softcover, 295 pp. $21.00.

George ClooneyGeorge Clooney:A Biography
Jeff Hudson
Directors queue to shoot his next picture, actors take huge salary cuts to appear alongside him, producers bend schedules to accommodate his every need; but it wasn't always like this. Read as Jeff Hudson charts the life and career of George Clooney, from his childhood in Kentucky to his ascent to the top of Hollywood's A-list. Hardcover 250 pp. $39.95,


Maybe You Never Cry AgainMaybe You Never Cry Again
Bernie Mac
In this funny and tender autobiography, Bernie Mac recounts his slow rise to stardom, from doing stand-up at a church dinner at age eight to performing in amateur open-mike nights to earning a regular gig at Chicago's Cotton Club, and eventually to entertaining huge audiences onstage in film and on television. An inspiring memoir, filled with hope-restoring humour. Hardcover 295 pp. $39.95.

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The Genius Behind BuffyJoss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy
Candace Havens
A lucid and highly informative summary of the life and career of the creator of Buffy, Angel, Fray, and Firefly. Illustrated throughout with black & white photographs. Softcover 171 pp. $23.95.


What's Left?What's Left?
Tony Booth
Actor Tony Booth recounts, in his own words, the trials and tribulations of his exciting and eventful life. An engrossing autobiography written by a passionate individual. Hardcover, 212 pp. $45.00.

 


And Why Not? Memoirs of A Film LoverAnd Why Not? Memoirs of A Film Lover
Barry Norman
For more than 30 years on the BBC, Barry Norman maintained his justly-deserved reputation as the nation's infallible guide to the best and worst that cinema has to offer. During his career he has not only reviewed countless films, but he has rubbed shoulders with several cinematic greats. And Why Not? is his honest, clever and humorous insider's look at the worlds of journalism, broadcasting and film. Hardcover, 349 pp. $21.95. 


Merv: Making the Good Life Last
Merv: Making the Good Life Last
Merv Griffin & David Bender
In this funny, gossipy, and revealing memoir, full of great stories and even better advice, one of America's most beloved and popular show business and television figures tells the story of his "retirement" years, in which he has made billions and has become an even bigger celebrity than ever. A great story of American success, and great entertainment for Griffin's many generations of fans. Hardcover, 218 pp. $38.00
  

If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie ActorIf Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor
Bruce Campbell
The star of The Evil Dead and The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.; on TV, the recurring regular in Hercules, Xena and the star of Jack of All Trades tells all in this no-holds-barred, tell-all Hollywood autobiography. Well, sort of... Oh, buy the book. It's well written and funny. And as Campbell says: If the book sucks, at least there are gobs of pictures, and they're not crammed in the middle like all those other actor books. Hardcover, 304 pp. $35.95.


The Three Stooges: An Illustrated HistoryThe Three Stooges: An Illustrated History
Michael Fleming
From the Stooges' humble origins to movie stardom to comedy legends, there's something here for every level of fan. Featuring over 200 photographs -- many rare, interviews with Stooge friends and family members, and a complete filmography. Softcover, $29.95.


Old Enough To Say What I WantOld Enough To Say What I Want
Dave Broadfoot
In this funny memoir, beloved Canadian comedian, David Broadfoot, recounts his life story with typical wit and passion. From his childhood in Vancouver, to his career with the CBC, and right up to his recent touring one-man show, this entertaining autobiography comprehensively surveys the life of this talented performer. Hardcover, 290 pp., $34.99.

GrouchoGroucho: The Life and Times of Julius Henry Marx
Stefan Kanfer
A delightful and definitive biography of Groucho Marx. $45.00.




Was This Man A Genius?Was This Man A Genius?Talks With Andy Kaufman
Julie Hecht
Julie Hecht spent the better part of two years trying to pin down a simple hour-long interview with Andy Kaufman for Harper's Magazine. She went to his shows, his family parties, and his tv appearances, but Kaufman enjoyed the game of keeping her with him and on her toes too much to sit down for an short, formal talk. This much-expanded version of her Harper's piece tells the story of trying to find out who Kaufman was, and if he really was a brilliant comic - or simply riding the wave of public approval. Softcover, $18.00.

SeinfeldSeinfeld: The Making of an Americon Icon
(The Unauthorized Biography)
Jerry Oppenheimer
From his days as a lonely, bashful, introverted kid, to his love-affair with high-school senior Shoshanna Lonstein, to his involvement with Scientology -- this is the real Jerry Seinfeld. Hardcover, $39.50.



Take It From Big Mouth
Take It From the Big Mouth
Jean Maddern Pitrone
A saucy sketch of Martha Raye's roller-coaster life. $41.50.





Vincent PriceVincent Price: A Daughter's Biography

Victoria Price
Victoria Price's account of her father's life is full and candid; both his passionate and charismatic public persona and his conflicted inner life are treated with curiosity and understanding. $27.99.


The Last Lone Inventor
The Last Lone Inventor:
A Tale of Genius, Deceit And The Birth of Television
Evan I. Schwartz
Television has shaped our understanding of culture and history, but its inventor has almost been forgotten. In this timely, fascinating book, Evan Schwartz uncovers the story of inventory adversaries Philo T. Farnsworth and David Sarnoff and the birth of television. Hardcover, $37.95.

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