Danny Kaye

Danny Kaye

King of Jesters

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Based on decades of research and interviews with Kaye's colleagues, offers a behind-the-scenes looks at the popular entertainer and examines his greatest roles on stage, television, radio, records, and film.

Bonaventure Pr
As the first performer ever to be personally requested by His Highness to headline a Command Performance, Danny Kaye was literally both King of Jesters and Jester of Kings. But his was a life built on much more than buffoonery, for he could conceivably master any discipline he committed himself to—singing straight or scat, dancing, comedy, even the culinary arts and humanitarian efforts, indeed anything he put his mind to.Ironically, it took years for him to be discovered in show business because he could do too much and proved impossible to classify. So, too, his particular genius required absolute concentration—so absolute that everything and everyone around him usually vanished. Consequently, he ceded management of his career to others—first a kindly Catskills mentor, then revue impressario Max Liebman, and finally hyper-aggressive songstress Sylvia Fine, who would catapult Kaye to stardom and become his lifelong coach, content provider, and wife.Although he reached princely heights as an entertainer, his six-decade career in show business never resulted in an accurate, even-handed biography or analysis of his work. "Danny Kaye: King of Jesters" provides both. Based on decades of research and interviews, the book clears up previous misconceptions about Kaye, right down to his birthday. Even more, it is a fun, backstage look at the making of his greatest roles, recounting the production of all of his films, his weekly TV series, radio series, Broadway roles, and the best of his work off-Broadway, in audio recordings, and TV specials.
Packed with never-before-published anecdotes and photos, "Danny Kaye: King of Jesters" takes the first-ever behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Kaye's film, TV, radio and stage work, and at the “secret life” of the incredible performer behind them.

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Marking the Danny Kaye Centennial Celebration comes the most comprehensive biography of the beloved entertainer, based on decades of research and interviews with Kaye's closest colleagues. In addition to examining the "secret life" of the movies' Walter Mitty, the book goes behind the scenes to trace the creation of his greatest roles on stage, television, radio, records, and film, including White Christmas, Hans Christian Andersen and The Court Jester, and as UNICEF's first goodwill ambassador.

Publisher: Irvine, Calif. : Bonaventure Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781937878016
Characteristics: 303 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: King of jesters


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Nov 21, 2017

Danny was no saint, but for Donald Spoto`s Kaye/Olivier `romance` to work, Danny would not only have to have been bi-sexual - HE WOULD HAVE HAD TO BE CAPABLE OF BI-LOCATION! And in the case of one London `assignation`, Spoto conveniently ignores that Olivier`s teenage son was with him. Read NOBODY`S FOOL by Martin Godfried for a non-tabloid record of this magical entertainer`s life. And take anything written by Donald Spoto about ANYBODY with a couple of boxcars load of salt! His `biography` of Marlene Dietrich was a simple-minded recycling of the fables Dietrich began spewing when, sadly enough, senility robbed this (in earlier times) unpretentious woman of her essence, losing her in the forest of her own mythology. Spoto seems to `homonize` those men he wants to sleep with and deify those women he wants to be. Just my observation. That and a dime`ll buy you....Lord! WHAT WILL a dime buy you these days?


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