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
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.
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.
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