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Laughing Matters


Published by New York Random House 1998, 1998
From James Pepper Rare Books, Inc., ABAA (Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.A.)

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First Edition. From the library of the great film director Billy Wilder, signed and inscribed by the author, comedy writer Larry Gelbart to Mr. Wilder and his wife. Inscribed: ÒFor Billy, Only the presence of your name on the page can leave me at a loss for words - out of respect, admiration, and awe. Love Larry. p.s. And to Audrey - my love as well.Ó With a preface by Alan Alda, the star of the television series ÔMASH,Õ for which Gelbart wrote 97 segments. Fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with two 1/4Ó tears to the top edges of the front and rear flap folds. Gelbart mentions WilderÕs influence on his writing in a section discussing his screenplay for the film ÔTootsieÕ starring Dustin Hoffman: ÒI had touched on this comic device [men in womenÕs clothing] in ÔA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumÕ on the stage and on TV put ÔMASHÕsÕ Klinger into his first training bra. And in the universe of movie drag, Billy WilderÕs ÔSome Like It HotÕ can hardly be improved upon.Ó A wonderful memoir by Larry Gelbart, the genius behind so much of the best of comedy writing for radio, television, stage, and film. Some of his best known work includes MASH (TV), ÔTootsie,Õ ÔOh, God!,Õ BroadwayÕs ÔA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,Õ ÔCity of Angels,Õ and more. Billy WilderÕs legendary status in Hollywood as a director, screenwriter, and producer includes such classic films as Ninotchka, Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, Stalag 17, Some Like it Hot, The Seven Year Itch, The Apartment, and The Fortune Cookie. Bookseller Inventory # 18941E

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Title: Laughing Matters

Publisher: New York Random House 1998

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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