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Wake Me When It's Funny: How to Break into Show Business and Stay (Insider Filmbooks) Paperback – July 1, 1997
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Marshall was king of TV sitcoms in the 1970s with Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy and The Odd Couple, then turned to film, directing Pretty Woman and Beaches. He claims he has not been hurt by critics who blasted him for targeting society's lowest common denominator; rather, he glories in that assessment, for his aim was to be "the Norman Rockwell of television." This autobiography, written with his daughter, shows how he reached his goal. The book is a sort of how-to guide, for he explains the processes of writing, directing and producing TV comedy and directing movies in a way that should prove helpful for anyone aspiring to break into either medium. He takes readers from his youth in the Bronx to freelancing for famous comics and thence to Hollywood, with entertaining anecdotes about showbiz types from Danny Thomas to Robin Williams. Photos.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In Wake Me When It's Funny, Garry Marshall takes the reader on a tumultuous, behind-the-scenes journey from his early days as a nervous writer for comics on the grungy New York nightclub circuit, to the peak of sitcom success when he produced four of the five top-rated television shows, and on to the movies where he has directed Julia Roberts, Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Gere, Jackie Gleason, Tom Hands, Dan Ackroyd, Dana Delaney, Bette Midler, and Goldie Hawn. Mixed in is advice on how to make it in the business and beat the system, with anecdotes about his career as an actor in films and television, where he is currently in a reappearing role on Murphy Brown. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It's great that someone as successful and nice as Gary Marshal wrote down his journey for...Read more