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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Books (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557833451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557833457
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,625,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Subtitled "Gilda Radner: A Sort of Love Story," this autobiographical play tries to recapture the non-sexual, but deeply felt relationship between Radner, one of Saturday Night Live's original Not Ready-for-Prime-Time players, and Alan Zweibel, who was a writer for the show. Alternately comic and heartbreaking, the play follows these two overgrown kids as they ride their bumper-car lives right up to Radner's death from ovarian cancer. Their loyalty and love glows through every scene. The book is illustrated with photos of Radner from Zweibel's personal albums. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

As a writer for the original Saturday Night Live , Zweibel formed a fast friendship with comedienne Gilda Radner. This simple and sensitive memoir is based on their curious bond, a relationship that was always emotional but never physical. The friendship contained in the conversations recounted here spans Knicks games, cocaine problems, affairs begun and ended, spouses and children born. Throughout these passages, including his account of Radner's fatal bout with cancer, Zweibel sustains a levity that conveys the love that he and Radner had. Literary Guild selection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The story will make you laugh out loud and also cry.
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I can not begin to express my thrill with this great little book...I can read and reread and still be pleased with it.
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What a wonderful friendship Alan Zweibel had with Gilda Radner.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ericalynn Gruenberg on January 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
Alan Zweibel's account of his friendship with the late Gilda Radner is astounding, and is described beautifully in this touching book. I was hooked from the very first page, and would lovingly recommend it to anyone.
Using such a marvelous display of friendship and affection, Zweibel reminisces about the very early stages of their friendship all the way until her untimely death in 1989. Illustrations also accompany the pages, and add even more character to an already fantastic story.
To those who remember Gilda, this book will serve as a gentle reminder of the struggle friends encounter when a friend battles disease. To those who do not, this book also gives insight into two very wonderful people whos friendship will never die- the talented Gilda, and her writer and best friend Alan Zweibel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kate Allen on March 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
A wonderful book detailing the late Gilda Radner's relationship with her close friend Alan Zwiebel. This book had me alternately laughing and crying. A great tribute to a great woman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kourtney on May 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
A few months ago my composition teacher assigned me a 12-20 page paper about one, Gilda Radner. When she did this I had no idea who she was. Never heard of her, and couldn't pick her out of a crowd if you paid me.
I got this book (bunny bunny) from the library and loved it. It helped me greatly with me paper and presentation. It helped me to understand her, her relationship with Zweibel. I am now waiting for my zweibel.
I recemend this to anyone, it is entertaining and moving. I cried during half of it and laughed during the other half. It is grand!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katelyn on October 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've been a loyal, devoted fan of Radner's since I was about 8 years old - right before she died. I was overjoyed when this new view of her life from someone so close to her came out. Just reading the overwhelming reviews on the jacket - most from celebrities close to Radner and Zwiebel - is enough to move one to tears. The book is poignant, funny, touching, and moving. Fan or no, a valuable read just for the intense friendship between the two.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Katz VINE VOICE on January 8, 2005
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In 1975 a writer Alan Zweibel and a comedienne named Gilda Radner meet while working at Saturday Night Live. In this poignant yet very funny book, the author pays homage to a woman he worked with for over 14 years and with whom he had sort of a love story.

Using recreated dialogues between Gilda and himself, Mr. Zweibel recounts their first meeting on the set of Saturday Night Live when Gilda asks him if he will write a scene for her where she is a parakeet. From this opening story we then see their friendship forged as they work together, vacation together, get mad at one another and finally comfort one another over various events in their lives. Mr. Zweibel captures the essence of two young people in crazy business on the brink of great success beautifully and we revel in their friendship. There are so many wonderful moments I will remember like when Gilda talks about her fame and Alan is overjoyed when he gets a credit card and gets another one to pay off the first one. The when we read from the night when John Lennon dies outside of Gilda's apartment house to asking Alan to meet her new love, Gene Wilder. And as we are laughing all too soon our joy turns to sorrow as Gilda is diagnosed with ovarian cancer ending her life too shortly at 39.

This is a wonderful love story about two people who meet and fall in love even if isn't the same kind of conventional love story you might have expected.

Read this book - you'll laugh, you'll cry and end the book

Wishing we still had this talented woman still among us and especially that our sort of love story with Gilda went on forever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Weber on July 3, 2013
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This book is just so amazing. yes he wrote it as a play. The story keeps you reading and true to life. She was an amazing human being. He's an amazing writter. This isn't HER autobio it's his story about his relationship with Gilda.

I LOVE this book!

No Hollywood fluff, real life!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steph on June 24, 2002
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If you are a fan of Gilda Radner's, then Bunny Bunny is the best book ever! The way that Alan Zweibel wrote about Gilda is so inspirational that you'll be saying Bunny Bunny as well! We all remember and love Gilda Radner and this book definitely allows her legacy to live on!
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My husband and I read this book about 20 years ago when we were dating. The story of the friendship between Gilda and Alan was so touching we have purchased several more copies to give to friends to let them know how important they are in our lives
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