Johnny Carson
  • Johnny Carson
  • Johnny Carson
  • Johnny Carson
ISBN: 0544217624
EAN13: 9780544217621
Language: English
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 9.1" L x 6.2" W
Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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A revealing and incisive account of the King of Late Night at the height of his fame and power, by his lawyer, wingman, fixer, and closest confidant

From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and permeated the American consciousness. In the '70s and '80s he was the country's highest-paid entertainer and its most enigmatic. He was notoriously inscrutable, as mercurial (and sometimes cruel) off-camera as he was charming and hilarious onstage. During the apex of his reign, Carson's longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin, who now shows us Johnny Carson with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could.

From the moment in 1970 when Carson hired Bushkin (who was just twenty-seven) until the moment eighteen years later when they parted ways, the author witnessed and often took part in a string of escapades that still retain their power to surprise and fascinate us. One of Bushkin's first assignments was helping Carson break into a posh Manhattan apartment to gather evidence of his wife's infidelity. More than once, Bushkin helped his client avoid entanglements with the mob. Of course, Carson's adventures weren't all so sordid. He hosted Ronald Reagan's inaugural concert as a favor to the new president, and he prevented a drunken Dean Martin from Read More chevron_right

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   So Boring
It takes a special talent to make the life of Johnny Carson boring, with all his wives, his money, and his dalliances. I love biographies, but I couldn't get through this book. The author writes about his life and Johnny's. I was skipping chapters and looking for Johnny's name in other chapters. I threw the book away after giving up.
   A genuis in front of an audience and a damaged soul away from it.
A cautionary tale about a man whose public persona was unique as an interviewer, late night host and razor sharp wit. Away from the cameras, he was the most quiet of all of them. A man who enjoyed small talk was thinking about a firing squad. He was in the television studio with a singular focus and determination. Bushkin has not spared any details in this tell all bio. A legacy of great television, launched the careers of many gifted comedians, and left behind an astounding philanthropic legacy was left by Johnny Carson. He appears to have died a sad man. He was a genius in front of an audience, but also a damaged soul in his private relationships.