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Cagney & Lacey ... and Me: An Inside Hollywood Story or How I Learned to Stopworrying and Love the Blonde [Paperback]

Barney Rosenzweig
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23 Aug 2006
"If they gave out Emmys for best book about an Emmy-award winning TV series, Executive Producer Barney Rosenzweig would have another to add to his huge collection. If you love Cagney & Lacey-as I do-this is a must read. Triple love it!" -Rosie O'Donnell, comedian, actress, host of award-winning The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and co-host of The View

"Cagney & Lacey ... and Me is terrific-a must-read for anyone interested in how the television business really works. From insecure stars with over-sized egos, to network executives blundering their way to success in spite of themselves, Barney Rosenzweig's chronicle of the rise and fall of the hit series Cagney & Lacey has it all: tempers, tears, greed, deceit, duplicity and sex-in short, more juicy melodrama than a daytime soap opera." -Steven Bochco, producer writer of award-winning series Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue

"One of Hollywood's greatest producers is also a brilliant storyteller. Barney recounts tales from the front lines of network television battlefields-with candor, intelligence and inimitable wit. If you want to know how television really works, this is the book for you"-Linda Bloodworth and Harry Thomason, award-winning creators, writer, producers and director of Designing Women

"Barney wrote a book?" -Peter Falk, Emmy-winning star of iconic television series, Columbo and twice nominated Academy Award star of motion pictures too numerous to mention



"Just as William Goldman's Adventures in the Screen Trade is considered a bible for screenwriters, Rosenzweig's new memoir offers a Master Class for television producers."-Kevin Howell, Publisher's Weekly

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (23 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595411932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595411931
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 14.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BARNEY ROSENZWEIG One of television?s most honored producers (Cagney & Lacey, John Steinbeck?s East of Eden, The Trials of Rosie O?Neill, Christy) his best productions remain daughters Erika, Allyn, and Torrie and spin-offs, granddaughters Hailey, Greer, and Zoey. Married to his third wife, multiple Emmy Award winning actress, Sharon Gless, the couple lives on Miami?s Fisher Island.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to read (but not well written). 9 Feb 2009
By Lozza
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Really enjoyed reading about the genesis of the show, and all the machinations that Barney Rosenzweig had to go through to get the show on air and the constant battles he had to keep it on air. It was quite revealing about the off-air characters of Daly & Gless.

However... it's an autobiography and is therefore quite one-sided. Although the author readily admits his faults, the overall tone is constantly that the author is the injured party and everyone else is 'the enemy', which gets a bit tiresome after a while.

Its also not a 'great read' generally. He uses a lot of insider terms that mean little to a layman (and even less to a British layman), so some of the arguments with studios / networks etc. are a little difficult to understand.

Still, for fans of the show only, I'd definitely recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cagney and Lacey and Me 31 May 2014
By Kit
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Good book if you are a fan. Bit wordy in places, but skip through to the stuff you enjoy and it's worth the read
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for fans 25 Jun 2013
By Anon
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As one review warned this has a lot about the machinatios of the studios, some of which I really didn't follow but I liked Rosenzweig's apparent honesty - particularly about his stars(who we all want to know about). Possibly this is reflective of the ethos of the series which, I believe was ahead of its time, and which believed in honest portrayal. Nowadays it seems, for various reasons, readers get a 'whitewash' or deemed acceptable for public consumption account of 'stars' and not as here an informed account of their working lives. Of course Rosenzweig writes after the event but his account does not patronise the reader that it was all 'roses' and to a degree includes himself in any disagreements.
Good selection of photos too. Thank you, Barney.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit rambling, but it's Barney 7 Jan 2013
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I get the impression that Barney wanted to write his autobiography but knew no one would buy it unless he focused on C&L. Consequently, this often feels like two books sewn together. However, if you're a big C&L fan, it's easy to skip the other chapters, but if you have any interest in the history of television then you won't want to. Rozensweig is shockingly - in the context of celeb books - frank (i imagine his lawyer got a bit hot under the collar reading this) and is a flagrant gossip. Plus, his Cagney and Lacey stories are incredible. I'm a little surprised to learn that Tyne Daly is still speaking to him!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit dissapointing 12 July 2012
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I was a big Cagney and Lacey fan and I'd heard about this book before Barney had even finished it. So I was really pleased to see it on Amazon. I was expecting lots and lots of anecdotes about the two main stars. What it's mainly about is how the programme got off the ground and more about the production side of it than anything else. But if you are a true collector of C&L memorabelia, you should buy it. To be honest, I only read about two thirds of it, but will probably pick it up again one day.
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