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By Henry Bushkin

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A revealing and incisive account of the King of overdue evening on the top of his status and tool, through his legal professional, wingman, fixer, and closest confidant

From 1962 till 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The this night Show and permeated the yankee cognizance. within the '70s and '80s he used to be the country's highest-paid entertainer and its so much enigmatic. He used to be notoriously inscrutable, as mercurial (and occasionally merciless) off-camera as he used to be captivating and hilarious onstage. through the apex of his reign, Carson's longtime attorney and ally was once Henry Bushkin, who now exhibits us Johnny Carson with a panoramic readability and intensity that no-one else could.

From the instant in 1970 while Carson employed Bushkin (who used to be simply twenty-seven) until eventually the instant eighteen years later once they parted methods, the writer witnessed and sometimes took half in a string of escapades that also hold their strength to shock and fascinate us. one in every of Bushkin’s first assignments was once supporting Carson holiday right into a posh ny condo to assemble proof of his wife’s infidelity. greater than as soon as, Bushkin helped his customer keep away from entanglements with the mob. in fact, Carson’s adventures weren’t all so sordid. He hosted Ronald Reagan’s inaugural live performance as a opt to the hot president, and he avoided a drunken Dean Martin from showing onstage that night. Carson socialized with Frank Sinatra, Jack Lemmon, Jimmy Stewart, Kirk Douglas, and dozens of different boldface names who populate this atmospheric and propulsive chronicle of the King of overdue evening and his world.

But this memoir isn’t simply dishy. it's a tautly rendered and remarkably nuanced portrait of Carson, revealing not just how he really was once, yet why. Bushkin explains why Carson, a voracious (and very proficient) womanizer, felt he regularly needed to be married; why he loathed small speak while he excelled at it; why he couldn’t stopover at his son within the clinic and wouldn’t attend his mother’s funeral; and masses extra. Bushkin’s account is by way of turns surprising, poignant, and uproarious — written with a novelist’s eye for element, a screenwriter’s ear for discussion, and a knack for comedian timing that Carson himself may enjoy. Johnny Carson unveils not just the hidden Carson, but additionally the raucous, star-studded international he governed.

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Other Cast: Walker Edmiston (Mark Twain), Brock Peters (Henry), Andrew Prine, Charles Bloom, Michael Bennett, David Chambers, William Kezele, Chay LeSeur, Beverly Rowland, Oscar Rowland, Michael Rudd. Executive Producer: Charles E. Sellier, Jr. Director: Jack B. Hively. Story: Tom Chapman. Teleplay: Malvin Wald, Jack Jacobs. Photography: Stephen W. Gray. Music Theme: Bob Summers. Music: Andrew Belling. Editor: Trevor Jolly. Production Designer: Paul Staheli. Makeup: Dennis Marsh. Executive in Charge of Production: James L.

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