Based on over 700 interviews and almost three years of research, King of the Night takes the reader on Johnny Carson's roller-coaster ride from small town to Hollywood. Among those giving revealing testimony are ex-wives, girlfriends, co-workers, and his sons. 40 photos.Based on over 700 interviews and almost three years of research, King of the Night takes the reader on Johnny Carson's roller-coaster ride from small town to Hollywood. Among those giving revealing testimony are ex-wives, girlfriends, co-workers, and his sons. 40 photos.Read Less
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This was a good book about the Best Late Night Talk Show Host in the history of television. It provides a lot of insight in Johnny Carson from his childhood isolation to his adulthood isolation. The book focuses on Carson's reluctance or inability to adjust to the fame that "The Tonight Show" brought him. The author doesn't seem to want to bash Carson the way Kitty Killer-uhh, Kelley would have done but he also doesn't paint many glowing pictures of Carson's personal life either. He appears to have done his homework I was just left wondering how much stock I could actually put into the strories given by his named sources. I would recommend this book but with the warning that if you idolize Johnny Carson and believe he was near perfect, be prepared to learn the other side of this icon. If you are looking for a happier, more fun portrait of Carson, go to Ed McMahon's "Here's Johnny"
Publishers Weekly, 1990-05-25 ``The King of the Night--the entertainer adored by millions of devotees of the Tonight Show --is Killjoy of the Day, according to Leamer, who in this lively unauthorized biography depicts `the most uptight, nervous guy you'll ever want to meet,''' reported PW . Photos. (July)
Publishers Weekly, 1989-05-19 The King of the Night--the entertainer adored by millions of devotees of The Tonight Show --is Killjoy of the Day, according to Leamer ( As Time Goes By , etc.) who in this lively unauthorized biography depicts ``the most uptight, nervous guy you'll ever want to meet.'' Almost every aspect of John William Carson's life is shown to be different from the way it publicly appears to be: ``the great host'' is a reclusive man who rarely invites anyone to his home; ``the loving husband'' seeks solace outside his marriage; ``the caring father'' lacks rapport with his three sons. He is the sun and everything rotates around him, yet when the camera is off, ``Johnny seems diminished, washed out.'' He does not praise his employees; silence is his highest accolade. To this workaholic who dreads vacations, The Tonight Show is everything. But to those whose livelihood depends on him--including three former wives--the man who has been seen ``by more people on more occasions than anyone in American history''--the man who insists on privacy for himself, and who becomes belligerent and obnoxious when he gets drunk--is cold, uncomfortable and isolated. Photos not seen by PW. BOMC featured selection. (July)
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