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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806509465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806509464
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,233,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JEFF LENBURG is a proflic, award-winning author, celebrity biographer, entertainment historian, and writer-producer. He has authored 30 books, both ficton and non-fiction, and his work has been nominated for several awards, including the American Library Association's 'Best Non-Fiction Award' and the Evangelical Christian Publisher Association's 'Gold Medallion Award' for 'Best Autobiography/Biography."

In his teens, Jeff began interviewing many famous Hollywood personalities and became a frequent contributor to many leading and respected film journals and magazines that published his freelance work.

As one of the nation's premier biographers, he has authored 18 acclaimed celebrity memoirs and biographies. They include: the eight-book "Legends of Animation" series featuring biographies of Tex Avery, Walt Disney, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Matt Groening, Walter Lantz, John Lasseter, Hayao Miyazaki, and Genndy Tartakovsky; "How to Make a Million Dollars With Your Voice (Or Lose Your Tonsils Trying)" with radio/TV legend Gary Owens; "All the Gold In California and Other People, Places & Things" with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Larry Gatlin; "Peekaboo: The Story of Veronica Lake," the only authorized biography of her; "Dudley Moore: An Informal Biography"; "Dustin Hoffman: Hollywood's Antihero"; "Steve Martin: An Unauthorized Biography," and eight-book "Legends of Animation" series.

An acknowledged authority on cartoon animation, Jeff has spent three decades preserving its history. He has penned seven books about its history: the first-ever "Who's Who in Animated Cartoons: An International Guide to Film and Television's Award-Winning and Legendary Animators"; three editions of "The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons," the most comprehensive history and so-called "Bible" on animated cartoons ever produced; "The Great Cartoon Directors"; and two editions of "The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoon Series," the first reference book on animated cartoons ever produced.

In 1993, in recognition of his contributions to the world of animation, Jeff was inducted into Hollywood's "Cartoon Legends Walk of Fame" along with cartoon icons William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Friz Freleng, June Foray and Don Messick.

Jeff is also a leading expert on the Three Stooges comedy team. A close friend of the original Stooges Moe Howard and Larry Fine and latter-day additions Joe Besser and Joe DeRita (and the only author-historian to have known them), he has co-written two books about this wacky comedy trio: "The Three Stooges Scrapbook," the official, authorized history, and "Once A Stooge, Always A Stooge," the autobiography of Three Stooges member Joe Besser. In 1983, along with radio-TV legend Gary Owens and his twin brother Greg, he spearheaded a nationwide write-in campaign that earned the Stooges their long overdue star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Jeff is also the author of numerous popular references: "Career Opportunities in Animation," a guide to a career in film, television, and games animation; two editions of "The Facts On File Guide to Research," the most comprehensive guide ever written on the subject of writing and research; and "Baseball's All-Star Game," a definitive game-by-game history of baseball's mid-summer classic.

In addition, Jeff has turned to writing fiction. In 1995, he published his first novel, "Scared to Death: A Lori Matrix Hollywood Mystery."

As writer and producer, Jeff has also worked on many top-rated programs and specials for ABC, NBC, PBS, and Tribune Broadcasting, served on the advisory board of Cartoon Network in its development from its inception, and as founder of his own company, Sandcastle Entertainment, develops original properties for both film and television, including live-action and animated television series (including original branded reality series), specials, and documentaries, and original branded characters for animation.

Throughout his illustrious career, Jeff has also interviewed dozens of other major personalities, world figures and headline-makers, including baseball Hall of Famers George Brett and Nolan Ryan, tennis champ Chris Evert, former First Lady Betty Ford, media magnate Walter Annenberg (founder of "TV Guide"), and former New York policeman Frank Serpico.

A popular media figure, Jeff has appeared on more than 100 major radio and television programs worldwide, including "BBC Live," NBC's "Today Show," "Entertainment Tonight," CNN's "Showbiz Today," and E!'s "Mysteries & Scandals." He makes his home outside of Phoenix, Arizona.


Customer Reviews

This book is for true die-hard fans.
"sloan123"
This book also contains a filmography of all Three Stooges films with brief synopses.
andy8047
I am half-way through this book and I only put it down when I have to.
David A. Dumont

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By randall.buie@lvvwd.com on December 24, 1997
Format: Paperback
For nearly twenty years, Joan's "Three Stooges Scrapbook" has been the one reference book that any Stooge fan cannot be without. The book is conveniently divided into sections (biographies, history of the team, television, collectables, etc.), is easy to read, and is one of the most comprehensive books on the comedy team ever to be published. You will refer to this book again and again.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 2001
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Partially written by Moe's daughter, this is the book the budding stooge fan should buy first. Each of the stooges (Moe, Larry, Curly, Shemp, Joe, and Curly Joe) are given a separate biographical chapter. Their filmmaking history is covered, as well as less well known forays into Television, Comic Books, and yes, singing record albums. The stooges proved to be successful in nearly everything they tried. But the best feature by far is the reference synopses of EVERY stooge short, complete with cast list, director, and trivia. If a gag was used in multiple shorts (many were), they are cross-referenced. A must for any stooge's film festival. Another highlight is photos of the original lobby cards for the shorts. A number of family photographs are included, in which almost all, the boys are shown mugging. A gem for any stooge fan, it has been in print for more than 20 years.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 2000
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I have owned this book since it was first published and words can't describe how much I love it. I refer to it all the time. Love drips off the pages--the love the Stooges had for their fans, their families for them, and the Stooges for each other. Who wouldn't be proud to be a Stooge?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By andy8047 on March 25, 2004
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One of the co-authors of this book is Joan Howard Maurer,daughter of the late Moe Howard(1897-1975). This book has everything there is to know about the legandary Three Stooges. First,there's a historical overview which tells about the origin of the team and short biographies of all six Stooges named Moe,Larry Fine,Moe's brothers Curly and Shemp,Joe Besser and Curly Joe DeRita. The Stooges have made 190 short subject comedies for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1957. The first 97 featured Curly,the most popular third Stooge which were filmed between 1934 and 1946. The next 77 featured Shemp,who replaced Curly since Curly's terminal illness forced him to quit the team. Those were filmed between 1946 and 1955. After Shemp died in 1955,Joe Besser replaced him,filming the last 16 comedies between 1956 and '57. Then Besser's wife became ill and he was unwilling to leave her. So Joseph Wardell aka Curly Joe DeRita(his head was shaved like Curly Howard's) joined the team in '58 and he,Moe and Larry filmed a few movies and made a few cameo appearances in others. The Stooges "died" in 1970 after Larry suffered a paralyzing stroke confining him to a wheelchair until his death in 1975. He died January 24 that year and Moe's death followed May 4 the same year. During Wardell's tenure,the Stooges made some television cartoons bearing their likenesses. Curly died in 1952 at age 48. His heavy drinking brought on his illness. Shemp died of a massive heart attack while riding a taxicab after attending a boxing match. He was 60. Besser died in 1988 at age 80 and Wardell died 5 years later at age 83. This book also contains a filmography of all Three Stooges films with brief synopses. Some of them give filming dates. I've been a Three Stooges fan for over two decades and this book is a must for all Stooge fans.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William B. Seguine on December 6, 2003
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After 20 years in print, this 1983 book remains the best book for Three Stooges fans! If you want to know all about the Stooges themselves, the team's history, the films, the records, the comic books, 50 years of collectibles & memorabilia, and so much more...
Twenty years of subsequent Stooges research has turned up some discrepancies, but overall this book is the definitive reference tool. Authors Joan Howard, who is Moe's daughter, and the Lenburg brothers created a tome that deserves an updated printing for the 2000's! (Although the current management of C3 will probably not allow that to happen.)
Since SCRAPBOOK's publication, it has been worthily joined by:
- THE COMPLETE THREE STOOGES by Jon Solomon, a detailed and worthy companion that analyses each Three Stooges film from 1930 - 1970
- Moe Howard's own autobiography, MOE HOWARD AND THE THREE STOOGES (1976) *
- And, Joan Howard's CURLY: BIOGRAPHY OF THE SUPERSTOOGE (1985) *
* Out of print, but used copies are readily available from Amazon, other online retailers, and online auction sites
... This book and the aforemtioned companions combine to make the best reference tools for any Three Stooges fan!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2001
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SOITENLY I HAVE BEEN A BIG 3 STOOGE FAN FOR 44 YEARS AND I WILL BE A STOOGE FAN UNTIL I DIE.I GIVE BOOK THE THREE STOOGES SCRAPBOOK A TEN STARS IF IT WENT THAT HIGH.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anyechka on December 30, 2005
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This isn't your run-of-the-mill biography but rather, as the title implies, a scrapbook. There are brief biographical profiles of all 6 of the Stooges, along with Ted Healy, without whom they never would have been. There's also a chapter giving a historical overview of their career. The real reason for the book comes in the subsequent chapters. There's a lot of great chronological information on Stooges merchandise and off-shoots, particularly in the late Fifties and during the Sixties, when they were heavily being marketed to kids and surprisingly enjoyed their greatest financial success, even though they were really past their creative peak. Some people might feel they sold out by doing things such as recording albums for children and starring in cartoons, but after they were financially taken advantage of by Columbia for 25 years, I don't begrudge them anything they did when they finally were making as much money as they were worth, whether or not they were getting older and had to tone down their antics to please parents. There are also great chapters on impersonators, the boys in comic books, their ever-increasing fan base, the history of their films being shown on television, and tributes paid to them by other comedians who have been influenced by their style. The final section also gives synopses and complete cast and crew lists of all of their shorts and features any of them ever appeared in, as a team, with Ted Healy, or on their own. There's a lot going for this book to highly recommend it.

However, this book was also published in 1981. While most of the basic facts haven't changed, that's still nearly 25 years ago. A lot has happened since, and a revised updated edition really seems in order.
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