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Joan Howard Maurer is the daughter of Moe Howard, the leader of the Three Stooges. Her books include The Three Stooges Scrapbook (with Jeff and Greg Lenburg) and two volumes of The Three Stooges Book of Scripts. Michael Jackson, known as the “King of Pop,” often spoke of his love for the Three Stooges.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; New edition (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613747462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613747469
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a reprint of the book Joan Howard Maurer (daughter of Stooge Moe Howard) wrote about her uncle Curly back in the 1990s. It's nice to see this book in print for further generations of Stooge fans. It's a good thing that Joan compiled these rare interviews and photographs when she did because so many of her contributors have now passed, but their memories of Curly are here forever. Wonderful rare material on the comedy legend. You won't be disappointed.
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always good to have a "safety copy" of a good book but let it be known , this "expanded" version is not so expanded: won't give it away, but the only "new" information is at the end, a brief mention of Curly's first wife, with her correct name and the marriage certificate. that's it!

any visit to CURLY HOWARD WIKI will now include some detail about his 1948 studio visit for his second cameo, not as a Stooge but as a Stooge adversary, a mean Chef who takes his lunch break.....elsewhere, leaving Larry to play waiter *and* Cook!

the original edition had nothing on this and neither does this new edition. very disappointing. we must believe that the second shoot (first one, filmed off-the-cuff for HOLD THAT LION, about one year earlier) came at a very happy time for him > his daughter was born just before the performance!

I would think for this new edition, some more "family album" photos would have been located, as well.
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I'd grown up watching the 3 Stooges just about every day after school, and have always been a big fan. Still enjoy watching them on occasion. Of course, Curly has been my favorite (though in recent years I've really begun to appreciate Shemp as well). Have heard and read snippets about Curly throughout the years and have searched for a long time for a biography. This one is written by his niece. She provides dozens of great family photos, and that was fun to see Curly and the others outside of their Stooge world. The author also provides several interviews, transcribed, with various family members. This book did provide many details about his life, but I felt it was only a cursory look, and maybe one that was colored by the family relationship the author and interviewees had with him. In the end, it only seemed to scratch the surface, and in that respect came up short for me. Still waiting for a more comprehensive biography of Curly, and/or all the Stooges.
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By Cindy H on November 3, 2013
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I love the fact the reader can get into what made Curly the person he was. Very well written and done with much research. A good relaxing read
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I purchased the book for my sister - she's a big Three Stooges fan and loves the book - Curly is her favorite stooge.
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Great actor who brought us laughter in our lives! A wonderful choice for one of the Stooges! We faithfully watched.
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I grew up with the three stooges and even though I can say every line in every short, I still laugh as though I'm seeing these films for the first time. I don't have a favorite stooge but I can say without a doubt, that without Curly the stooges wouldn't have been the success that they became to be. Like most great comedians, Curlys life was filled with so much sadness and loneliness. Maybe that's what made him so special. If your a real stooge fan, you definitely have to read this book. It will make you laugh and cry. Am I glad I read it? Soitenly !
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This is a great book for anyone that grew up watching the "3 Stooges". By the way, they weren't overly violent considering what kids watch today. The book was in great shape and arrived on time. It is full of info on all the stooges and was so interesting, that my daughter-in-law picked it up while visiting and wanted to take it home with her to finish reading.
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