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Title:
Funny ladies : the women who make us laugh
Author:
Silverman, Stephen M.
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Publication Information:
New York : Abrams, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
160 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780810933378
Format :
Book

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Summary

From Fanny Brice to Lucille Ball to Sandra Bernhard, a noted show business journalist takes a look at talented comediennes--and shows how they've shaped our tastes and tickled our funny bones. 114 duotone photos.


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Booklist Review

Silverman's amusingly sketches a panoply of comediennes, including the durable (so far) likes of Lucille Ball, Mae West, and Cher; the due-for-reassessment likes of Marion Davies, Thelma Todd, and Mabel Normand; and the partially recalled likes of Dorothy Parker, Marjorie Main, Minnie Pearl, and even Totie Fields. There is Tallulah Bankhead, the stentorian, gloriously uninhibited daughter of a powerful Alabama politician, who insisted that "cocaine isn't habit-forming--I should know, I've been using it for years," and who, asked how she could have performed oral sex on one of the ugliest men in New York, supposedly replied, "Dahling, anything to get away from that face." The chapter on Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders of Absolutely Fabulous fittingly follows the chapter on "domestic goddess" Roseanne. To appreciate the actress-writers' limited-run smash, Silverman suggests we "imagine Lucy and Ethel on acid." All this and the inside story on the derivation of ZaSu Pitts' first name, too. Not to be passed up. --Mike Tribby