Growing Up Laughing

My Story and the Story of Funny

By Marlo Thomas
(Hyperion, Hardcover, 9781401323912, 400pp.)

Publication Date: September 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover

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“Marlo Thomas had the best comedic education possible, listening to her father, Danny, and his compatriots at the dinner table. Her memories and interviews with comedy giants combine to produce a delight of a memoir, one that not only entertains but also evokes a bygone era of the legends of stand-up.”
-- Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI


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Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny is a book that only Marlo Thomas could write--a smart and gracious, witty and confident autobiographical journey.

For as long as Marlo Thomas can remember, she's lived with laughter. Born to comedy royalty--TV and nightclub star Danny Thomas--she grew up among legendary funny men, carved much of her career in comedy and, to this day, surrounds herself with people who love and live to make others laugh. In this long-awaited memoir, Thomas takes us on a funny and heartwarming adventure, from her Beverly Hills childhood, to her groundbreaking creation of That Girl and Free to Be . . . You and Me, to her rise as one of America's most beloved actress-comediennes, to her marriage to talk-show king Phil Donahue.

Her youth was star-studded--Milton Berle performed magic tricks (badly) at her backyard birthday parties. George Burns, Bob Hope, Sid Caesar, Bob Newhart and other great comics passed countless hours gathered around her family's dinner table. And behind it all was the rich laughter nurtured by a close and loving family.

Growing Up Laughing is not just the story of an iconic entertainer, but also the story of comedy. In a voice that is curious, generous and often gleeful, Thomas not only opens the doors on the funny in her own life, but also explores the comic roots of today's most celebrated comedians, in personal interviews with: Alan Alda, Joy Behar, Stephen Colbert, Billy Crystal, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, Jay Leno, George Lopez, Elaine May, Conan O'Brien, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Ben and Jerry Stiller, Lily Tomlin, Robin Williams and Steven Wright.




About the Author

Marlo Thomas is the author of five bestselling books, including Free to Be You and Me and The Right Words at the Right Time. She has won numerous awards including four Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, the Grammy Award, the Peabody Award, and has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame for her work in television, including her starring role in the landmark series That Girl. She is the National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She lives in New York with her husband.




NPR
Saturday, Oct 2, 2010

Marlo Thomas has written a memoir about the sound and spirit that was so formative in her life and the lives of others. Host Scott Simon talks with the actress and activist about her book, Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010

Actress Marlo Thomas grew up surrounded by comedy legends, from her father, Danny Thomas, to George Burns and Bob Hope. Thomas shares her comedic roots and asks today's top comedians how they "found their funny" in her memoir, Growing Up Laughing: My Story And The Story Of Funny.. More at NPR.org

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