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by William A. III Henry


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The Great One" is a hatchet job, from the first page to the last.

One person found this helpful. The Great One" is a hatchet job, from the first page to the last. The author attacks his subject as if he were revealing the secret life of a serial killer that everyone had until now thought was a saint, rather than examining the life of a great actor who had flaws just like everyone else. The whole tone of the book is prosecutorial, so much so that one wonders if the author had a personal score to settle with his subject.

The life and times of one of Hollywood's legendary comedians is described . Recommended for larger collections.

The life and times of one of Hollywood's legendary comedians is described in careful detail in this audiobook. Many of Gleason's friends, collaborators, and antagonists were interviewed for this biography, and what unfolds for the listener is a tale of the man behind the legend; a man who had money, power, and fame but who was deeply private and at times lonely and depressed. This "warts and all" biography shows Jackie Gleason to have been mostly warts, with a voracious ego and Rabelaisian appetites equal only to his talent. c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine.

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It is as if the author has somehow gotten under the skin of his subject, found him wanting and yet left room for understanding and compassion. Here's Gleason - The Great One -warts and all. Bibliographic Details. Title: Gleason: The Great One [The Life and Legend. Hall & Co, Boston, MA. Publication Date: 1993.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning critic William A. Henry III delivers. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning critic William A. Henry III delivers the definitive biography of the legendary Jackie Gleason, one of the greatest entertainers of all time and a man who, both on stage and off, was truly larger than life.

The Great One was a Great Big. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 18 years ago. What Mr Henry reveals in this biography is the true ugliness of Jackie Gleason. Yes, he was an outstanding performer. Yes, he was loyal to his "pals". Yes, he worked his way up from nothing to become something

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Gleason’s rough beginnings left him with a core of rage, despair, and insecurity.

Not surprisingly, Henry finds a wretchedly unhappy childhood at the root of things. Gleason’s rough beginnings left him with a core of rage, despair, and insecurity.

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Reginald Van Gleason III, a top-hatted millionaire with a taste for both the good life and fantasy

Reginald Van Gleason III, a top-hatted millionaire with a taste for both the good life and fantasy. Rudy the Repairman, boisterous and boorish. Gleason as the Poor Soul on Toast of the Town in 1954. When Gleason moved to CBS, Kelton was left behind; her name had been published in Red Channels, a book that listed and described reputed communists (and communist sympathizers) in television and radio, and the network did not want to hire her. Gleason reluctantly let her leave the cast, with a cover story for the media that she had "heart trouble".

Oh Gleason! He had a comedy show in New York before he got the series and I worked on the show a couple times with hi. It was my personal vision of hell.

Oh Gleason! He had a comedy show in New York before he got the series and I worked on the show a couple times with him. He didn’t like to rehearse. He had one of those photographic minds. It was a gift that you don’t develop; you’re born with i. . k views · View 3 Upvoters.

Strips beneath the glitz, glamour, fame, and power of jackie Gleason's life to reveal an enormously talented, yet deeply private and angry man who was often lonely and depressed. (Biography).

Comments: (7)

Jusari
The negative reviews I have read regarding this book suggest two things: 1) people tend to react negatively to criticism, regardless whether or not the criticism is sound, and 2) people who write reviews do not accurately represent the wider readership. I will agree with one other reviewer to date here who find this to be the definitive biography ABOUT Gleason; the other biographies were essentially written BY Gleason without him actually doing the writing. This biography is more penetrating, more honest, and paints a more complete picture of "The Great One," which is why I read biographies in the first place. If there are passages that appear to betray a little cynicism or scepticism on the part of the biographer, well, what can I say, perhaps Henry went a little too far in distinguishing himself from the gushing superficiality of the other biographers -- something I, at least, am willing to forgive. It is by no means a character assasination, but it is honest. As one small example, the Bacon biography suggests that Jackie was not the best father, but his nearly complete emotional neglect of his two daughters from their earliest childhood was merely due to his shy and retiring nature (yeah, as Ralph would say: har har hardi-har-har!). The fact that is made rather plain in Henry's work is that Jackie Gleason was too busy stuffing his face, both literally and figuratively, to even bother with his children, who suffered emotionally from their father's neglect (not to mention his wives). That is just one example. It's your choice, of course, but I recommend this book over the other Gleason biographies.
Renthadral
A good, in-depth story of Gleason's life, but the same theme(s) kept cropping up and it was as if I was reading the same story over and over.
Tane
Always loved the Honeymooners and the humorous character Jackie Gleason portrayed. The underlying details on the actors and staff was interesting. This humor and comedy is slowly disappearing.
Samulkree
I am a Gleason fan, and this book was terrific. Burst my bubble about him, but that's ok. Watched some movies I had never seen before because they were discussed in the book. If you are a fan, you will enjoy the book.
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Who knew such a funny guy was really so miserable, very interesting story about one of my favorite comedians and such a major talent
Vizil
Great book, warts and all. Great bio of The Great One!
Nikok
good insight about gleason
If you're looking for an objective biography of Jackie Gleason, search elsewhere. "The Great One" is a hatchet job, from the first page to the last. The author attacks his subject as if he were revealing the secret life of a serial killer that everyone had until now thought was a saint, rather than examining the life of a great actor who had flaws just like everyone else. The whole tone of the book is prosecutorial, so much so that one wonders if the author had a personal score to settle with his subject.

Avoid.
The Great One: The Life and Legend of Jackie Gleason (G K Hall Large Print Book Series) download epub
Arts & Literature
Author: William A. III Henry
ISBN: 0816156034
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Arts & Literature
Language: English
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Large Print edition (January 1, 1993)
Pages: 547 pages