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ISBN10: 0976830302
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The close professional relationship between Jack Klugman and Tony Randall has long been famous, but the details of their personal friendship have never been revealed until now. In Tony and Me, the depth of this friendship is fully explored and touchingly revealed for the very first time.

"What I didn't get a chance to tell Tony Randall was that our friendship had made me a better human being." So concludes Jack Klugman in this poignant memoir of two actors who shared a stage for almost fifty years. Follow both actors from their early days in live television to the "Camelot" of The Odd Couple, from Klugman's fight with invasive throat cancer to Randall's struggle to open a National Actors Theatre.

What emerges is a touching portrait of a legendary professional relationship that, in the end, became deeply personal. The book includes over 50 photographs, many from Jack and Tony's private collections, and a free DVD of never-seen-before outtakes from The Odd Couple.

Review:

"Klugman's brief memoir of his friendship with Tony Randall stays true to the promise the author made to himself if he ever wrote such a book: 'I would never do two things: kiss and tell, and bore people with long histories of things.' Boring this work isn't, as one would expect from a kid who grew up as the only Jew in a tough 1920s Italian South Philadelphia neighborhood, entered a college acting program to get away from his bookie and was cast by Garry Marshall in TV's The Odd Couple because Marshall had been impressed by seeing Klugman on Broadway in Gypsy getting spit on by Ethel Merman and not flinching. Although lacking in panache, the book does stay true to its stated intention of paying tribute to Randall, who founded the National Actors Theatre. The most endearing anecdote is that of how Randall cast Klugman in a 1991 benefit Odd Couple production, three years after Klugman had undergone throat cancer surgery and lost almost all his voice. The chapter titled 'How Tony Gave My Life Back' recounts how Klugman retrained his throat and regained his career. Though amateurish, Klugman's writing possesses rare conviction and humility. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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After losing best friend Tony Randall in 2004, Jack Klugman was moved by an enduring sense of loss to write a memoir that is both a tribute to his lifelong pal and an honest search for the value and meaning of friendship itself.

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barb1590, January 29, 2009 (view all comments by barb1590)
This is one of the most heart-warming books I have ever read. I am a true fan of these two incredible actors. It is a must read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780976830306
Subtitle:
A Story of Friendship with DVD
Author:
Klugman, Jack
With:
Rocks, Burton
Foreword:
Marshall, Garry
Author:
Rocks, Burton
Publisher:
Goodhill Press
Subject:
Actors
Subject:
Television actors and actresses
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 2005
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
141
Dimensions:
9.54x6.02x.80 in. 1.15 lbs.

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Product details 141 pages Goodhill Press - English 9780976830306 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Klugman's brief memoir of his friendship with Tony Randall stays true to the promise the author made to himself if he ever wrote such a book: 'I would never do two things: kiss and tell, and bore people with long histories of things.' Boring this work isn't, as one would expect from a kid who grew up as the only Jew in a tough 1920s Italian South Philadelphia neighborhood, entered a college acting program to get away from his bookie and was cast by Garry Marshall in TV's The Odd Couple because Marshall had been impressed by seeing Klugman on Broadway in Gypsy getting spit on by Ethel Merman and not flinching. Although lacking in panache, the book does stay true to its stated intention of paying tribute to Randall, who founded the National Actors Theatre. The most endearing anecdote is that of how Randall cast Klugman in a 1991 benefit Odd Couple production, three years after Klugman had undergone throat cancer surgery and lost almost all his voice. The chapter titled 'How Tony Gave My Life Back' recounts how Klugman retrained his throat and regained his career. Though amateurish, Klugman's writing possesses rare conviction and humility. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , After losing best friend Tony Randall in 2004, Jack Klugman was moved by an enduring sense of loss to write a memoir that is both a tribute to his lifelong pal and an honest search for the value and meaning of friendship itself.
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