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With Love and Laughter, John Ritter Hardcover – September 7, 2010

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"Amy Yasbeck is a singular woman with a singular family. She writes beautifully of a couple that was as heart-felt and inspiring as they seemed from afar. You will soak up her story with every pore."—Sarah Silverman

"I always knew Amy Yasbeck was a talented actress—but I had no idea she was such a talented writer. Her book, a glowing tribute to her late husband John Ritter, is beautifully written, very funny, and very moving. I loved this book, and I think you will too."—Mel Brooks

“A funny and lovely tribute to a funny and lovely man.”—Jimmy Kimmel

“I opened up this book just for a quick peek and stood at my kitchen counter mesmerized, missed two appointments and made my husband pick-up the kids. I recommend this book to anyone, but I suggest you sit down before you start.”—Felicity Huffman

About the Author

Amy Yasbeck met her late husband John Ritter during a readthrough of the 1990 movie Problem Child, which they starred in together. Yasbeck can be seen in movies such as Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Pretty Woman, and The Mask, and had a starring role in popular 1990s sitcom Wings. She lives in Los Angeles with her children.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416598413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416598411
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,541,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nancy Vaillancourt on September 19, 2010
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Loved this book!! I couldn't put it down.It made me laugh...and cry.John was such a unique individual and Amy did a great job portraying that.I definitely recommend this book to all John's fans.....you WON'T be disappointed!
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I have always loved John Ritter. From Three's Company to 8 Simple Rules. He was the man of my dreams, I wanted to marry someone just like Jack Tripper. When he died I cried, a lot. I, of course had never met John but he had been in my life for years. Watching episodes of 8 Simple Rules after he died was too hard for me. I grieved for him as if I knew him in real life.

It always bothered me that Johnny Cash had gotten all the recognition for dying that same day September 11, 2003. Not that Johnny Cash wasn't worth it but John Ritter was truly a good man both on stage and off. It was good to read that John Ritter liked Johnny Cash. I won't spoil their interesting connection they had on Sept 11, 2003.

The way John's wife Amy wrote this book was so conversational and so smooth. I never wanted to put it down and I definitely didn't want it to be over. I do plan on reading it again and I never read books more than once.

I never realized that Amy Yasbeck was Maid Marien on Robin Hood Men in Tights which has always been one of my favorite movies and that helped me to connect to her.

I love reading and this was definitely one of the best books I have ever read in my life. I give it 5 stars and 2 thumbs way up! I encourage everyone to read it.
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Quite frankly, I ended up as interested in Amy Yasbeck's life as that of her husband. Unfairly burdened with a "caretaker" role even as a child, her reactions and survivor instincts made me respect her growth as an actress even more. Amy and John's story made me laugh even as I cried over his too-soon death...and her struggle to handle raising her daughter through the grief makes me a bigger fan then ever of this woman. If only one person recognizes the signs of a aortic dissection because of "With Love", then this book will have done more then entertain his fans.
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I liked this book but it was not exactly what I thought it was going to be. I thought that John Ritter was supposed to be the main topic and it is to a point, but it jumps from his life to his wifes life back to his life and then their lives together a bit confusing when reading it. The book did have some good insight into his life but it just was not an easy read. I would recomend this book but just know that it's not quite an easy book to follow.
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A nice memoir to the late, great master of physical comedy, Yasbeck also details her own humble beginnings in the midwest before venturing to Hollywood years later. I wish it had covered more of how she and John met, courted, etc. And more of her on set stories from Splash, Too and especially Wings. Plus more about Jim Carrey, Tim Daly, Crystal Bernard, Mel Brooks, Tom Selleck. But, alas, not much is here. But you will learn first-hand of the recovery process of not only suddenly losing a spouse, but one in the public eye and how the media like to spin things to make it all the more agonizing.
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I was a big fan of John Ritter. Was wonderful to read this tribute to him by his widow, Amy Yazbeck. It was filled with interesting anecdotes. It arrived in a timely manner in excellent shape for a used book.
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I selected With Love and Laughter, John Ritter because I was a fan of the late actor. I grew up with Three's Company and those memories are part of my life, part of my growing up. Every time I saw him in an interview I felt he was a good, warm person. I even adored his guest role on Buffy. I didn't watch 8 Simple Rules, because I think I took for granted that this still young man would have time and many other roles, and that I'd catch up with this show eventually. Instead, we lost him and our loss is so much less than the loss felt by his loved ones.

I adored this book and read it in one long sitting. Just a wonderful read for fans of the late actor.

As I read, I was impressed by some of the clever lines, but there would be the odd sentence that let me know there really was no ghostwriter here. Amy Yasbeck clearly wrote this on her own and did a fabulous job. She also has a sense of humor that I could well-believe was a wonderful match for her late husband. And she does like puns. :)

The story she tells is beautiful, romantic, and heart-breaking, and she tells of a John Ritter who deserved all this accolades and fans. A man who loved his family first and foremost, but never forgot to appreciate the person on the street who approached him, and who also valued the moments where he wasn't recognized and could just be a regular guy. She describes him as everything we'd want him to be, and she makes it sound real and convincing, and she reminds us of why his loss was felt by so many people who'd never had the pleasure of meeting him.

She also writes of her own childhood and career, but it never feels intrusive, or like she's taking time away from the story of John. She is the woman he loved, who loves him, who had a child with him, and her story is part of his story. Her story is also interesting in its own right.

If you're a fan of the John Ritter, I highly recommend this heartwarming and ultimately uplifting story!
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