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King of the Night: The Life of Johnny Carson [Kindle Edition]

Laurence Leamer
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A candid, unauthorized portrait of Johnny Carson draws on the observations of ex-wives, paramours, colleagues, family, and friends to provide a close-up study of America's most famous talk-show host.

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Laurence Leamer is the author of thirteen books, including The Kennedy Women and Fantastic: The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger, with many bestsellers among them. Leamer was on the staff at Newsweek, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Playboy, and many other publications. He lives in Palm Beach and Washington, D.C.


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Mit King of the Night ist Laurcence Leamer ein kleines Meisterwerk gelungen. Denn er schaffte es auf 426 Seiten den Aufstieg und das Leben von Johnny Carson so packend und unterhaltsam zu erzählen, dass man das Buch gar nicht mehr aus der Hand legen möchte. Es ist zwar nicht eine von Johnny Carson persönlich autorisierte Biografie, aber dem Autor gelingt es trotzdem, dem Leser ins Seelenleben von Johnny Carson eintauchen zu lassen. Das Buch ist nicht nur eine Biografie über den "King of the Night", sondern auch über einen Teil der Geschichte Amerikas nach dem 2. Weltkrieg. Der Beginn des TV- und Medien-Zeitalters.

Man erfährt sehr viel über Johnny Carson selber, aber auch wie es im amerikanischen (TV-) Showgeschäft zugeht. Und Amerika ist nun mal das Land der TV-Shows, Stars und Sternchen.

Für mich eine absolute Leseempfehlung, nicht nur für Leute, die an Johnny Carson interessiert sind, sondern auch für welche, die einen Einblick in die Geschichte des amerikanischen TV-Business möchten.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Revealing Bio 28. Mai 2005
Von Kelli N. - Veröffentlicht auf
If you are a fan of Johnny Carson, this is the book for you to read. However, I have to warn you- if you only like seeing Johnny in a completely positive light, this is not the book for you. It will more than likely offend you. This book holds nothing back on the life of Johnny Carson, from his childhood and college years, stint in the Navy, career and life before "The Tonight Show," his four marriages, friends and enemies, and everything else in between. Enormous, thorough research has been done, along with literally hundreds of interviews. This new, updated version also includes his life after his 30 years on "The Tonight Show," and his recent passing. I bought this book not too long ago, and it introduced me to the real Johnny Carson- warts and all.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Carson the ruthless, Carson the insecure, Carson the entertainment genius, Carson the man 22. Januar 2007
Von Charles Ashbacher - Veröffentlicht auf
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Johnny Carson was without question one of the most influential people of the twentieth century. He probably logged more television time than anyone else and his on camera persona was one of deep trust and honesty. There is the classic story of how Carson created a toilet paper shortage by making a joke about there being a toilet paper shortage. I watched him for years and he provided America with a stability and comfort level that most likely will never be repeated.

Carson was reasonably honest about some of his personal life, openly joking about his marriages. He would occasionally say something about other aspects of his life, although there was never any great detail. This book supplies those details. As an unauthorized biography where Carson did little to assist, there are many areas where the author must resort to reasoned speculation. Nevertheless, you get a clear sense of the ruthlessness of Carson in his personal, entertainment and business dealings. Johnny Carson going sour on you was a kiss of death and he destroyed many careers by making it clear that dealing with one of his "enemies" made you an enemy. The only one who seemed immune to this was Ed McMahon. There were several instances where the only person associated with Johnny and the Tonight show who contacted someone on Johnny's blacklist was McMahon.

It is also clear that in the early years Ed McMahon was Johnny's protector, bailing him out of many spots when Carson was drinking and about to go over the edge. However, in later years their relationship became one almost totally restricted to the vicinity of the Tonight show set. What had been a friendship became much less, as McMahon went on to throw himself into many different endeavors while Johnny became totally defined by the Tonight show.

Like so many entertainment personalities, Carson was a shy person haunted by many demons of insecurity. Despite his tremendous success, he was never able to conquer them, and it is unfortunate, because at the end, despite having millions of close acquaintances who adored him, he had few if any close friends. This book places all of this before you, showing you a side of the man that could never have appeared while he was on camera.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Information on Johnny's Childhood and Rise To Stardom 21. August 2003
Von First Things First - Veröffentlicht auf
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Surprisingly little material is available concerning the life and times of America's greatest stand-up comic genius Johnny Carson. This book (a former Book-of-the-Month Club selection) offers up a wealth of illuminating information, particularly strong as it relates to Johnny's childhood and his first steps towards embracing the idea of a life in entertainment. A magic set he received as a youngster allowed Johhny to put on funny shows for his friends and family (wouldn't THAT have been something to behold!), and some years later in college, Johhny was the toast of the campus where he performed stand-up and emceed many events for the student body. Eventually the engaging Carson earned his legendary status as the 3rd host of the Tonight Show: 1. Steve Allen, 2. Jack Paar, 3. Johnny Carson, 4. Jay Leno. Until Johnny's own long-promised autobiography comes into print (which seems to be a big if at this point, unfortunately) we must make do with the scarce resources that are available, and this book does a good job with the Carson roots, and rise to prominence. Enjoy it!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Carefully Sourced and Researched Warts-and-all Biography 23. Januar 2008
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Although Johnny refused to cooperate with the author, this book is a carefully sourced and well-researched warts-and-all biography of the show-biz legend. Leamer puts in the legwork and revisits all of Carson's past, his early life and loves, his stint in the military, and extensively interviews Johnny's wives and lovers, friends, and ex-friends.

I won't say Johnny comes off simply as the lovable persona you see on TV, but it's clear he was a smart, funny, insecure, vulnerable, and complex individual who had some serious women issues and who managed to survive and thrive in the dog-eat-dog world of Hollywood for some forty years.

Not an easy accomplishment, but Johnny somehow prevailed through it all. A fascinating read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen GREAT READ!!! 27. Januar 2011
Von Richard J. Charnicky - Veröffentlicht auf
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The first 135 pages of this book relate in detail the life, education, and growth to stardom BEFORE Johnny Carson became the host of the Tonight Show. The remainding pages are just as interesting as the first 135. It has a later added part of Johnny Carson's last years but doesn't really give any details of his funeral or his will, or what has happened to the few close people who surrounded him at the time of his death, if that is what you are looking for. All in all, for anyone interested in a Celebrity of Johnny Carson's stature, this is a GREAT READ and you will not be disappointed.
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