Memories of TV's Greatest Talk Show
Simon and Schuster
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For two decades, Mike Douglas's name was synonymous with
television entertainment in America. The Mike Douglas
Show, which aired each weekday, became the prototype for
all future talk shows that sought to combine spontaneous
conversation -- on virtually any subject -- with the best in
entertainment. In those twenty years and more than four
thousand shows, virtually all the great performers --
actors, singers, comics -- and many outstanding sports
figures and prominent statement, Presidents included,
appeared with Mike, performing and chatting informally in
front of the show's many millions of viewers.
almost twenty years after the last show aired, both Mike
Douglas and The Mike Douglas Show have been
introduced to a whole new audience as such cable networks as
VH-1 rerun those shows that featured such musical legends as
John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and Sonny and Cher. At the same
time, a whole new generation of talk show hosts, most
prominent among them the extremely popular Rosie O'Donnell,
have acknowledged the debt of gratitude they owe Mike
Douglas for pioneering in the field of talk entertainment
and for setting so high a standard.
Now, in I'll
Be Right Back, Mike Douglas shares his memories of more
than fifty exciting, challenging years in show business. In
a style that is as breezy, witty, and intimate as the
conversations that made his show so delightful, Mike
delivers delicious -- and occasionally mischievous --
anecdotes about the exciting personalities who made his show
so much fun.
The list of the show's guests and
co-hosts (Mike's method was to find a celebrity "co-host"
who would sit with him for several shows and help interview
all the other guests, as well as entertain each day) reads
like a virtual "Who's Who" of American and international
celebrities. Among the many famous personalities to appear
on The Mike Douglas Show -- and about whom Mike has
stories to tell -- are: Barbra Streisand, Marlon Brando,
Fred Astaire, Malcolm X, Mother Teresa, David Letterman,
Richard Mixon, John Wayne, Phil Donohue, Goldie Hawn, George
Wallace, Judy Garland, Mickey Mantle, Groucho Marx, Jimmy
Hoffa, Sophia Loren, Sammy Davis Jr., Martha Mitchell,
Jackie Gleason, Barbara Walters, Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Bette Davis, Rose Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, Joan Crawaford,
Jimmy Carter, Mel Brooks, Bill Cosby, Jack Benny, Dustin
Hoffman, Bette Midler, Ronald Reagan, and Jay Leno.
When these personalities sat next to Mike Douglas, the
outcome in virtually every instance was outstanding
television. Now, in looking back on those years and the
famous and infamous with whom he worked, Mike Douglas
delivers a memoir that is filled with terrific stories, each
one told with wit, nostalgia, and more than a touch of class.
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