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The Women Who Made Television Funny: Ten Stars of 1950s Sitcoms Paperback – January 17, 2007
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About the Author
David C. Tucker is a free-lance writer and public library administrator who lives outside Atlanta, Georgia. He has served as a book reviewer for Library Journal.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the off-screen Gracie Allen - how her personality was so parallel to the character she portrayed, and her sometimes overlooked contribution to the success of Burns and Allen themselves, and the show.
The chapter on Eve Arden gave added insight not only into her most famous television role in Our Miss Brooks, but also the short-lived Eve Arden Show (Tucker explains how this "surefire sitcom" came to such a quick demise) as well as life after her last series, The Mothers-in-Law.
Sections about the other ladies of the book held my interest and made for entertaining reading. The Joan Davis chapter affirmed her reputation as very difficult to work with (even quoting a great Jim Backus quip, "Joan's behavior was enough to make a psychiatrist hit the couch.") And though never having even seen an episode of Topper or Love that Jill, I read with curiosity about the stylish Anne Jeffreys and the rarely seen series' she starred in. The lesbian affair of Spring Byington with Marjorie Main was an eye-opener, and the appendix of 10 More Leading Ladies who were also integral parts of sitcom history, gave food for thought.
Tucker's book is a tribute to all those spotlighted and a must have for classic TV fans. I commend him on a job well done.
The author deftly combines research, original interviews, and dialogue snippets (after reading this book, you will definitely want to seek out the TV shows). Mr. Tucker, who possesses a wonderful sense of humor, is not shy about bringing out controversial topics such as George Burns' infidelity, Donna Reed's anti-war efforts, Spring Byington's lesbian relationship with Marjorie Main, and Joan Davis' reputation for being difficult. I was surprised at how much I learned from reading this book, and hope for a sequel--Ten More Women Who Made Television Funny.