Hello, I Must Be Going Groucho and His Friends (Paperback)
|Charlotte Chandler met Groucho in 1972 and as their friendship grew, she came to know all sides of his personality. This tribute to the master of ad lib recounts the major events of Groucho's life--from his birth in 1890 to his death in 1977--and features personal remembrances of his friends and leading ladies. 16 pages of photos.|
From the Publisher:
When Charlotte Chandler called Groucho Marx for an interview, he answered the phone himself. Declining to be interviewed, he invited her over to his house so he could tell her no in person. After talking with her for hours, Groucho asked, "Why aren't you writing?"
Hello, I Must Be Going is the story of Groucho and the Marx Brothers, told through Groucho's everyday conversations with Charlotte Chandler and his friends. And what a group of friends they were! Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson, Elliott Gould, Bill Cosby, Marvin Hamlisch, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Sidney Sheldon, and dozens of others walk through the pages of this fascinating book. Anyone interested in Groucho or the Marx Brothers, or who wants to spend a few hours in fabulous company, will find this book irresistible.
It was in television that Bill Cosby had his greatest success and greatest impact. He was cast as a co-star, with Robert Culp, on the drama I SPY in the mid-'60s. He won two Emmies for his portrayal of Alex Scott, a tennis trainer who was really a secret agent. He briefly played Chet Kincaid, a gym teacher and coach, on THE BILL COSBY SHOW. FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS was an animated children's show which started on the Electric Company. Cosby provided the ideas and voices and was to write his doctoral dissertation on the educational value of the show.
In the '80s, Bill Cosby starred in his most memorable role-- that of Heathcliff Huxtable, obstetrician and patriarch of the family that became the most loved and watched in America at the time. Cosby maintained strict control over all aspects of the production of THE COSBY SHOW and it remained true to his vision and standards.
Following from this were a series of books (CHILDHOOD, FATHERHOOD), which, like his early routines, evoked the language of young people and, like his NBC series, evoked the love of parents for children and the need for discipline as well as understanding and forgiveness. Though shelved in the humor sections of bookstores, his books contained good advice on parenting.
In the '90s, Cosby starred in the short-lived YOU BET YOUR LIFE, based on the old Groucho Marx quiz show, and he later hosted KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS, an interview show that borrowed the old bit from Art Linkletter's HOUSE PARTY . More successful was a new COSBY, in which he played Hilton, a retired worker whose values and style were somewhat similar to those of Cliff Huxtable.
While Cosby's film career may not have been as overwhelmingly successful as other areas in which he worked, his performance in "Uptown Saturday Night" remains memorable. Videos of his stand-up comedy routines have sold well. Cosby has also been the spokesperson for several commercial products, most notably Kodak and Jell-O.
William H Cosby, Jr. received a Master's degree in 1972 and an Ed.D. in 1977 , both from the University of Massachussetts at Amherst, and education has been a primary interest for decades. He has also been a generous philanthropist. He and his wife, Camille O. Cosby, have given generously to many causes, notably Fisk College in Nashville and Spelman College, in Atlanta.