Gracie: A Love Story Hardcover – November 14, 1988


Out of stock

SKU: 9780399133848 Category:


Book Condition: Used Very Good Plus (VG+) Gracie: A Love Story Hardcover – November 14, 1988 by George Burns “SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE…” With those now familiar words, George Burns and Gracie Allen bid farewell to devoted audiences at the end of each of their broadcasts throughout the Golden Age of radio and television. Now, in this moving audio portrait, George Burns tells the story of his life with Gracie, the dizzy comedienne whose “illogical logic” charmed America. Burns recalls their first meeting, the vaudeville tours, family days in Hollywood, and their lasting friendship with Jack Benny and other entertainment greats. Here is one of America’s most beloved comedians remembering the woman he loved best and the extraordinary life they shared together. From Publishers Weekly The 92-year-old Burns here tells a true-love story of the life he shared with his wife, who died in 1964. The author (ne Nathan Birnbaum) was a Jewish kid from Brooklyn when he met Grace Allen, who was raised in an Irish-Catholic family in San Francisco. Both were struggling vaudevillians when they married in 1928, but as “Burns and Allen,” they gradually advanced into the big time. Describing their professional and personal life together, Burns fills the book with infectious humor, although one feels his loss. Clearly he wants readers to know Grace, an intelligent and endearing woman far different from “Gracie,” whose exquisitely timed “illogic-logic” quips made her world famous. The memoir’s great appeal is further strengthened by accounts of early vaudeville and anecdotes about Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor, Fred Astaire, the Lunts and other friends. It should be a bestseller. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. Product details Hardcover: 319 pages Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons; 1st edition (November 1, 1988) Language: English