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Bruce: The Autobiography

Bruce: The Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Bruce Forsyth
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Bruce Forsyth has been a regular guest in British living rooms since the dawn of the television age as we know it. As king of comedy and light entertainment, his appearances are part-ringmaster, part-showman, hugely professional, highly polished and practised to each perfect ad lib. While we are used to such a staged, two dimensional knowledge of Forsyth, it is refreshing to see him from behind the slap 'n' tickle veneer of the consummate performer. Bruce: The Autobiography is a fair-paced chronicle of a public figure now well into his 70s. As such, its remit is, to some extent, predictable; middle-class life in Edmonton, North London, then evacuation, the war years, and on to the theatre-land world of pier shows and music hall, egged on by an ambition to dance like Fred Astaire and later Gene Kelly, before variety show breaks on TV, and finally the honour of a starring role on the small screen. Forsyth's tone is triumphant; his unparalleled success over decades showing with bravado in his storytelling. Young ambition and statesmanlike expectation of his place in the grand scheme of showbiz shine through, and, as with many star biogs, first wives and kids get shorter shrift than those who replace them in later years. Still, the writing is entertaining, and although perhaps unintentional, a little vindictive streak against ex-agents and seaside landladies alike adds--perhaps unintentional--humour, as does his impatience with those with whom he does not quite see eye to eye.

Forsyth's career began in the WIndmill Theatre, whose revues included many a woman wearing tassels, so he was well prepared to play alongside many a glamourous Generation Game and Play Your Cards Right hostess, and more prepared (and proud) still to marry a former Miss World. Very much traditionalist in outlook, but with plenty of sparkle in the style which made him famous, Bruce: The Autobiography should delight an older generation of fans who have grown up and older in the comfortable shadow of one of the last true variety performers. The don't make 'em like this any more! --Helen Lamont


Best Read for Christmas. -- Mark Lawson, Front Row, Radio 4

Effervescent is the word, like the author himself. -- Sunday Telegraph

I love you, Bruce Forsyth -- Frank Skinner

If anyone's to blame for me wanting to get into TV, it's probably you, Bruce. -- Jonathan Ross

In the gameshow of life, Brucie hasn't just won the TV, the golf clubs and the hostess trolley. He's won the cuddly toy as well. -- Daily Mirror

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4510 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New edition edition (6 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096LWXOA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought 7 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
Don't get me wrong I like Brucie, but the main reason that I purchased this was because I was driving a long way and wanted something to distract me and relax me whilst driving and it was the only suitable talking book available.
From start to finish I learned about Brucies life and realized he is not the persona he is on telly. Oh he is a consumate performer and an excellent one at that but more how his whole life has seen his career take on a path that he might have wanted to be different, well more variety perfomance at least.
It is worth reading if only to hear about one of TVs most loved celebrities even if you are not a big fan of Brucie.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shame! 26 Oct 2002
By A Customer
I used to love watching Bruce do his thing on TV - he gave me some good laughs, which is why I bought this book. Having read a few similar biographies before, I looked forward to learning about his ups and downs and bits of his career that I'd have never known about otherwise.
Unfortunately, the entire book is one huge pat on the back for himself. The love he has for what he does comes shining through, but it's all done in such a self-congratulatory way it made me rather dislike the man by the end of the book.
The structure is poor. I'm not saying I could do any better about MY life, but it jumps about all over the place and has many repeated thoughts and ideas.
Compared with Bob Monkhouse's "Crying With Laughter" or "Over The Limit", Bruce's book is very, very poor - and I hate to say it, 'cos I was looking forward to it immensely. But it reads as though he's done no wrong.... ever.... and that nothing remotely bad or unfortunate has happened to him apart from losing the odd TV show.
Sorry, but if this book had been written by anyone else, I'd have given it 1 star!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice To Read Him, To Read Him Nice! 15 Oct 2001
Having always been a fan of Brucie Forsythe, I rushed to buy this book as soon as I discovered it was to be released. Unfortunately, I was a month early, and an agonising four week wait was finally over when this book finally plopped through my letterbox.
From the minute I opened the cover, I couldn't put this book down. Brucie is the UK's favourite entertainer, I'm sure (perhaps one of the world's greatest) and I knew that I was going to hear some great anecdotes from the master. I was not disappointed. One has to remember that this man has been in the business for years and has made millions smile with his fantastic humour. However, he has also done a lot of great work for charity which is often overlooked these days, as celebrities + charity = cheesy. This shouldn't be the case though, and any reader should read the accounts of Bruce's work with respect for a great man.
Of course, 'Brucie' is most well known for being a fantastic quiz show host and a regular on the celebrity pro - am golf circuit. Indeed - he excels at both! Bruce made The Generation Game his own - a tough job having to come behind Larry Grayson. But, Brucie did it. He introduced that fabulous thing he did at the beginning, where he took the pose of a muscle man, then almost tap danced down to centre stage. There was never a week that went by that he didn't do that, and he discusses this in the book. Bruce was also a presenter on You Bet! a forerunner to programmes such as Don't Try This At Home. What we must remember though is that Brucie did it FIRST and he did it BETTER. In this book, Bruce explains the driving force behind his fantastic ability to be able to do things like this, and why he continues even though many say he should have retired years ago (not me though!).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't he do well! 19 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Bruce Forsyth was born in to the family made famous in the Forsythe saga! No, I jest. But that's an example of the warm wit that glows from the page and into this reader's face as he nibbled at this book the way one would nibble a nice pie.
I've been a fervent admirer of "Sir" Bruce Forsyth ever since his patriotic "I'm Backing Britain" record was realised in 1976. In it Brucie communicated a love of country rarely articulated by centuries of poets. Well, you backed us then Bruce, now it's our turn.
Seriously, it's all here - a virtual backstage history of British showbiz 1942-2001. I loved the story about Ronnie Corbett's...well you'll have to read it yourself! Sadly Brucie isn't on our screens enough nowadays, if he's playing pro-am golf then good luck to him, but I want Brucie back! Shame on you ITV for axing Play Your Cards Right. Where else are the children of today going to be introduced to the magic of gambling, and where are the dad's of today going to get a treat like I got out of Brucie's Dollies!
Life is the name of Bruce's game and now he shares the game with us. Thanks Bruce, it's been a pleasure.
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By Steve
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Very well written and very interesting. When reading it is like Brucie talking to direct to you - didn't he do well!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Bruce Fans 6 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A very easy to read book, very down to earth just as you see him on the Television. any body who likes Bruce should read this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading 20 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Extremely interesting life this man has had. Well worth a read and the photos are great too, you will enjoy.
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By nicola
Format:Kindle Edition
the man who said bruce has a big chin needs to understand that he offended me because i have a big chin but not a big head so i look bad do i? You probaly also would have offended Bruce if he read this. Not that he would care what an imachore man would say! Its best to talk about achievements than moaning about drab times! This book made me laugh really hard! Bruce is such a star! He's great , really! its worth the price probaly worth more!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So interesting :)
Published 24 days ago by sue
3.0 out of 5 stars Have read better biographies
Quite interesting, but rambles on a bit.
Published 2 months ago by Happy Shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Brucie
A great read, could not put it down. Knew he'd been around for a long time but did not realise quite how much he had done.
Published 12 months ago by Gillian baldwin
3.0 out of 5 stars Me, Me, Me
Unfortunately, Brucie does love himself. I thought I always liked him but this book is very narcissic and I got bored with all the name dropping and how he tried to make it a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by fairylegs
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice one Brucie
A very open and funny book the stories are great he is and always will be a great entertainer one of our best
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read,...
I've always liked and admired Bruce, in fact I worked with him on his Big Night shows thirty years ago, and was entertained by his book. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2012 by D. Schulten
5.0 out of 5 stars bruce
the delivery was first class so cannot fault that, have not read the book as yet but it is in excellent order. am looking forward to having a enjoyable read
Published on 5 Aug 2012 by jeeves
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandparents loved it!!
I bought this for my Grandparents (who are also in their 80's) and they were thrilled to bits with it!! Bruce is their "era" and they are big fans. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2009 by Sellie
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't I Do Well!!
Why does Bruce Forsyth have a big chin, because a normal size one would look daft on such a big head. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2009 by Peter Finneran
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