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My Life with Groucho: A Son's Eye View Paperback – 1 Jul 1991
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This book tells the "warts and all" story of the comedian Groucho Marx. Born into a poor immigrant family, Groucho ad-libbed his way from low life vaudeville through the Hollywood big time to achieve legendary status. But the cigar-wielding "master of the instant insult" was a comic of bewildering contradictions. Groucho was a family man who also had an eye for young women - and with every marriage his wives got younger. Explaining the huge disparity in ages he remarked "a man is only as young as the women he feels". He is described as both a big spender and a thrifty man in this book by his son Arthur. Other books by this author include "Groucho", "The Nine Lives of Mickey Rooney" and "The Impossible Years".
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The love the author had for his Father is realised with anecdotes throughout(Yes Groucho really WAS like that!) highly amusing and still quoted by lesser comedians.
This is tempered by the last few chapters when, suffering from dementia, Groucho was exploited by unscrupulous "Friends"
This doesn't spoil for one second this highly enjoyable and often laugh-out-loud account of the greatest comedian of the last century. Every Marxist should have this book.
Well worth the money !!!
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the son of Groucho Marx. In this book, you will find out
about Groucho's likes and dislikes... what drove his wives
to divorce, and a great deal of "the real Groucho" from
someone very close to him.
What was most interesting to me was the sad ending to this
comedic genius' life and how his estate was ultimately
resolved. A wonderful insight into Groucho's personal life.