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King of the Night: The Life of Johnny Carson Paperback – June 1, 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
"The King of the Night--the entertainer adored by millions of devotees of the Tonight Show --is Killjoy of the Day, according to Leamer, who in this lively unauthorized biography depicts 'the most uptight, nervous guy you'll ever want to meet,"' reported PW . Photos.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Why yet another Carson biography? Carson refuses to be interviewed (he's going to write his own book), so earlier efforts (by Paul Corkery, Carson: The Unauthorized Biography , LJ 9/15/87; and Ronald Smith, Johnny Carson , LJ 12/87) have suffered as biographers have had to rely on published material and interviews with friends and ex-wives. However, interest in Carson remains high, and though Leamer also had to rely on interviews (over 700) with others, his book is the closest thing to "definitive" until Johnny writes his own. The private Carson who emerges, cold and retiring, doesn't much resemble the public outgoing, clownish Carson. The life is all here; wives and relationships are explored. This is neither a flattering puff piece or Carson-bashing. The exhaustive research has culminated in a revealing and entertaining account. But despite how well done this is, we'll have to wait for Carson's book for the whole story.
- Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. Free Libs., Seaside, Cal.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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So "King of the Night" will have to stand as the best representation of the life of Johnny Carson.
The author exposed every aspect of Late Night's King of Comedy with no subject too
trite to explore. Not judgemental, just reporting! You really came away with the feeling
that Johnny Carson was not a particularly happy person, even with his sucesses. The
author doesn't really say whether he liked or disliked the man. I liked him very much!