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The well-known comedy team of George Burns and Gracie Allen lasted from the days of vaudeville through the early days of TV. This biography traces Burns's 100-year life in entertainment throughout the 20th century and the many changes in American culture and modern entertainment. There is special emphasis on Burns's complicated relationship to his religion and the Jewish community. The biography draws on archives, published materials, and public documents, which allow the author to give little-known details on Burns's parents' lives before coming to America, and on Burns's his first marriage. A chronology lists turning points, live and recorded performances, and films. The book is illustrated with b&w publicity photos and film and TV stills. Epstein, retired from teaching English, has written other books on the history of comedy. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Epstein, Lawrence J.
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Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
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