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Publisher Comments:

More than a quarter-century after his death, Bob Fosseand#8217;s fingerprints on popular culture remain indelible. The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment, forever marking Broadway and Hollywood with his iconic style and#8212; hat tilted, fingers splayed and#8212; that would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosseand#8217;s innumerable achievements, no accomplishment ever seemed to satisfy him, and offstage his life was shadowed in turmoil and anxiety.Now, bestselling author Sam Wasson unveils the man behind the swaggering sex appeal, tracing Fosseand#8217;s untold reinventions of himself over a career that would spawn The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Pippin, All That Jazz, and Chicago, one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources and#8212; friends, enemies, lovers, and collaborators, many of whom have never spoken publicly about Fosse before and#8212; Wasson illuminates not only Fosseand#8217;s prodigious professional life, but also his close and conflicted relationships with everyone from Liza Minnelli to Ann Reinking to Jessica Lange and Dustin Hoffman. Wasson also uncovers the deep wounds that propelled Fosseand#8217;s insatiable appetites and#8212; for spotlights, women, and life itself. In this sweeping, richly detailed account, Wassonand#8217;s stylish, effervescent prose proves the ideal vehicle for revealing Bob Fosse as he truly was and#8212; after hours, close up, and in vibrant color.

Review:

"Bob Fosse, the legendary Broadway choreographer and director of the trendsetting movie antimusicals Cabaret and All That Jazz (which chronicled his life), is the glittering, neurotic soul of showbiz in this scintillating biography. Film scholar and critic Wasson (Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.) styles Fosse as a charismatic charmer, a relentless and endearing lady's man, a tyrant in the rehearsal studio, a prima donna in the director's chair, and a methamphetamine-addicted narcissist with a persistent death wish and simultaneous delusions of grandeur and worthlessness. Embedded within this exhilarating, appalling portrait is a revealing account of Fosse's dance innovations: the fluttering hands, wrist flicks, shoulder shrugs and other 'isolations' of disarticulated body parts; the sleazy vaudevillian glamor inspired — and haunted — by his teenage years dancing at burlesque clubs; his vision of life as a cynical 'performance of self.' There's an enormous amount of scholarship here, yet the story never drags, so adroitly does he blend his material into a fluent narrative around evocative scenes where character emerges novelistically. Throughout, he spotlights vivid supporting sketches of celebrities from Fred Astaire (who 'danced even when he stood still') to Liza Minnelli ('a strange, spastic show-biz animal'). Agent: David Halpern, the Robbins Office.(Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The authoritative and endlesslyand#160;revealing biography of renowned dancer, choreographer, screenwriter, and director Bob Fosse, written by a bestselling pop culture historian.

Synopsis:

andldquo;Wasson is a smart and savvy reporter, and his book abounds with colorful firsthand tales.andrdquo; andmdash; Janet Maslin, New York Times

andldquo;Fascinating . . . Wasson has taken complete control of his subject.andrdquo; andmdash; Wall Street Journal

The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Bob Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment. His signature style would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosseandrsquo;s innumerableandmdash;including Cabaret, Pippin, All That Jazz, and Chicago, one of the longest-running Broadway musicals everandmdash;his offstage life was shadowed by deep wounds and insatiable appetites.

To craft this richly detailed account, best-selling author Sam Wasson has drawn on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources: friends, enemies, lovers, and collaborators, many of them speaking publicly about Fosse for the first time. With propulsive energy and stylish prose, Fosse is the definitive biography of one of Broadway and Hollywoodandrsquo;s most complex and dynamic icons.

andldquo;Spellbinding.andrdquo; andmdash;Entertainment Weekly

andldquo;Impeccably researched.andrdquo; andmdash;Vanity Fair

An NPR Best Book of the Year

Synopsis:

We see Bob Fosses legacy everywhere—from Broadway to "Billy Jean" to Beyoncés moves in the “Single Ladies” video. Yet in spite of Fosses deep cultural significance, no biography has ever brought him fully to life, unveiling the man behind the bowler hat and the swaggering sex appeal. Now, acclaimed cultural historian Sam Wasson traces Fosses numberless reinventions of himself over a career that would spawn The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Pippin, Chicago, All That Jazz, and other iconic works of art and earn him Tonys, Emmys, and an Oscar.

Wasson traces not only Fosses prodigious professional life, but his intense relationships with everyone from Liza Minnelli, Fred Astaire, and Neil Simon to Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange, and Dustin Hoffman. Through extensive interviews with collaborators and lovers and unprecedented access to Fosses archives, Wasson also reveals the deep wounds that propelled his subjects excessive appetites—for spotlights, women, and life itself. In Fosse, Wassons stylish, effervescent prose proves the ideal vehicle for reanimating Bob Fosse as he truly was—after hours, close up, and in vibrant color.

About the Author

SAM WASSONandnbsp;is the author of the New York Times bestseller Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M .: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Womanandnbsp;and twoandnbsp;works of film criticism.andnbsp;Heandnbsp;is a visiting professor of film at Wesleyan University.andnbsp;

Table of Contents

The Endand#160;and#160;and#160;1

Sixty Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;5

Forty-Five Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;22

Forty-One Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;40

Thirty-Seven Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;56

Thirty-Five Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;69

Thirty-Three Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;90

Thirty-Two Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;116

Twenty-Eight Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;137

Twenty-Seven Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;162

Twenty-Four Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;193

Twenty Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;223

Sixteen Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;252

Fifteen Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;286

Fourteen Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;346

Thirteen Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;395

Twelve Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;407

Eleven Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;432

Nine Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;458

Eight Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;485

Seven Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;497

Six Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;513

Five Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;521

Four Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;532

Three Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;540

Two Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;547

One Yearand#160;and#160;and#160;563

One Hour and Fifty-Three Minutesand#160;and#160;and#160;586

and#160;
Acknowledgmentsand#160;and#160;and#160;593

Notes and#160;and#160;and#160;600

Indexand#160;and#160;and#160;696

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547553290
Author:
Wasson, Sam
Publisher:
Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20131131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 b/w photos
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 752 pages Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - English 9780547553290 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bob Fosse, the legendary Broadway choreographer and director of the trendsetting movie antimusicals Cabaret and All That Jazz (which chronicled his life), is the glittering, neurotic soul of showbiz in this scintillating biography. Film scholar and critic Wasson (Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.) styles Fosse as a charismatic charmer, a relentless and endearing lady's man, a tyrant in the rehearsal studio, a prima donna in the director's chair, and a methamphetamine-addicted narcissist with a persistent death wish and simultaneous delusions of grandeur and worthlessness. Embedded within this exhilarating, appalling portrait is a revealing account of Fosse's dance innovations: the fluttering hands, wrist flicks, shoulder shrugs and other 'isolations' of disarticulated body parts; the sleazy vaudevillian glamor inspired — and haunted — by his teenage years dancing at burlesque clubs; his vision of life as a cynical 'performance of self.' There's an enormous amount of scholarship here, yet the story never drags, so adroitly does he blend his material into a fluent narrative around evocative scenes where character emerges novelistically. Throughout, he spotlights vivid supporting sketches of celebrities from Fred Astaire (who 'danced even when he stood still') to Liza Minnelli ('a strange, spastic show-biz animal'). Agent: David Halpern, the Robbins Office.(Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , The authoritative and endlesslyand#160;revealing biography of renowned dancer, choreographer, screenwriter, and director Bob Fosse, written by a bestselling pop culture historian.
"Synopsis" by ,
andldquo;Wasson is a smart and savvy reporter, and his book abounds with colorful firsthand tales.andrdquo; andmdash; Janet Maslin, New York Times

andldquo;Fascinating . . . Wasson has taken complete control of his subject.andrdquo; andmdash; Wall Street Journal

The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Bob Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment. His signature style would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosseandrsquo;s innumerableandmdash;including Cabaret, Pippin, All That Jazz, and Chicago, one of the longest-running Broadway musicals everandmdash;his offstage life was shadowed by deep wounds and insatiable appetites.

To craft this richly detailed account, best-selling author Sam Wasson has drawn on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources: friends, enemies, lovers, and collaborators, many of them speaking publicly about Fosse for the first time. With propulsive energy and stylish prose, Fosse is the definitive biography of one of Broadway and Hollywoodandrsquo;s most complex and dynamic icons.

andldquo;Spellbinding.andrdquo; andmdash;Entertainment Weekly

andldquo;Impeccably researched.andrdquo; andmdash;Vanity Fair

An NPR Best Book of the Year

"Synopsis" by , We see Bob Fosses legacy everywhere—from Broadway to "Billy Jean" to Beyoncés moves in the “Single Ladies” video. Yet in spite of Fosses deep cultural significance, no biography has ever brought him fully to life, unveiling the man behind the bowler hat and the swaggering sex appeal. Now, acclaimed cultural historian Sam Wasson traces Fosses numberless reinventions of himself over a career that would spawn The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Pippin, Chicago, All That Jazz, and other iconic works of art and earn him Tonys, Emmys, and an Oscar.

Wasson traces not only Fosses prodigious professional life, but his intense relationships with everyone from Liza Minnelli, Fred Astaire, and Neil Simon to Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange, and Dustin Hoffman. Through extensive interviews with collaborators and lovers and unprecedented access to Fosses archives, Wasson also reveals the deep wounds that propelled his subjects excessive appetites—for spotlights, women, and life itself. In Fosse, Wassons stylish, effervescent prose proves the ideal vehicle for reanimating Bob Fosse as he truly was—after hours, close up, and in vibrant color.

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