By Pamela Stephenson
(Overlook Press, Hardcover, 9781585673087, 291pp.)
Publication Date: September 2002
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With insight and objectivity, Pamela Stephenson, a clinical psychologist, takes us through the heartbreaking and hilarious life of a comic legend and what made him the man he is today. The descriptions of Scottish life evoke the poignancy of the Ireland in "Angela's Ashes" as she tells of the troubled, abused. and desperately poor child in the docklands of Glasgow who grew up to shock and awe audiences around the world with his notoriously bawdy humor and a remarkable range of performances as a brilliant comic, a serious actor who played opposite Dame Judi Dench in "Mrs. Brown," and the star of the U.S. television show "Head of the Class.