Lou's on First: The Tragic Life of Hollywood's Greatest Clown Warmly Recounted by his Youngest Child

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This intimate portrait of Lou Costello (1906-1959) offers a rare look at one of the most talented comedians of all time. Starting in the 1930s, Costello attained enormous fame touring the burlesque circuits with straight man Bud Abbott (1895-1974). Their live skits (including "Who's on First?"), radio programs, and films such as One Night in the Tropics, Buck Privates, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and In the Navy made comic history.

Behind the scenes, however, Costello faced numerous crises: a bout with rheumatic fever that left him bedridden for months, the drowning death of his young son, and constant haggles with Universal Studios over its reluctance to adequately finance productions of Abbot and Costello films. Lou's on First goes beyond Costello's clownish persona to explore his Pagliacci nature: the private demons behind the happy public face, the heartbreaking moments in an otherwise storybook marriage, the business ventures soured by unscrupulous managers, and the true nature of the breakup of his twenty-one-year partnership with Bud Abbott.

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Chris Costello is Lou Costello's youngest child. She runs her own public relations firm, Costello & Company.

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" . . . an affectionate look at Lou Costello by the comedian's youngest child . . . more than suds and the underside of Hollywood. It is a warm tale by a loving daughter and has its share of laughter."--Los Angeles Times

"Costello comes to life in these pages."--Baltimore Record

" . . . a loving, deeply felt chronicle of the rotund little comedian who enjoyed a phenomenally successful career, but suffered a tragic personal life . . . [told] with engrossing, touching dedication."--Films in Review

"Lou Costello's daughter is not without objectivity as she relates her father's life, cramming the story full of amusing and poignant anecdotes."--Booklist

" . . . lots of nuggets here for Costello's many fans."--Santa Barbara News-Press

" . . . a tender, intimate, and altogether deserving portrait of a man who had the gift of making people laugh. . . . "--Fresno Bee

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