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Kovacsland : a biography of Ernie Kovacs
Rico, Diana.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1990]

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xvi, 352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Ernie Kovacs lived his life at fever pitch - a life that ended in 1962 when his car skidded out of control. Kovacsland is an engrossing and entertaining portrait of a television pioneer. Index; photographs.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this biography, one of the seminal forces in early television comes across as pallid and flat. The author, a freelance journalist, straightforwardly details Kovacs's life (1919-1962) and personality--the trauma of his children's kidnapping by his first wife, his compulsive gambling and abundant generosity. Rico falters, however, in her attempt to describe what it was about Kovacs's weekly shows that so delighted viewers in the mid-'50s. The book may create nostalgia in those who remember such Kovacs creations as Percy Dovetonsils and the Nairobi Trio, but will leave the uninitiated wondering what the posthumous praise is about. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Author Rico is obviously a big fan of Ernie Kovacs's style of comedy--wacky, improvisational, even bizarre--which explored the potential of the newly developing television of the 1950s. This detailed biography of the ill-fated comedian shows him to be a workaholic who drove himself endlessly in search of a laugh, a gambler and spendthrift who was a creative genius. His personal life, including a two-year search for his kidnapped daughters and his marriage to Edie Adams, is skimmed over in favor of endless descriptions of comic sketches and quotes from a multitude of friends. His last few years, making movies in Hollywood, took a toll on both his marriage and his creativity, but he needed the money in order to pay the fortune he owed in back taxes. Of most interest is his early career in radio and live television, but the book seems padded and repetitive.-- Marcia L. Perry, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.