Posted ByUK Pete on February 25, 2004 at 10:19:46:
In Reply to: Books posted byLL on February 25, 2004 at 01:08:33:
: : As i mentioned before I'm also hoping that the story about the old lady lost something in translation
: I think George made his comment after the fan had walked away, or at least was out of earshot.
: Something in defense of the Fein book is that it's probably the most fact-based biography. Milt's is definitely an adoring volume that's very fun to read (need to re-read it one of these days), although not very factual in places. I personally think the Marcia Borie biography is the weakest of them, as it has an abundance of factual errors, and Mary and Hickey's only contributions are the specific interviews with them which are sprinkled throughout the book.
: If you're looking for written Benny-Burns stories, look for a used copy of George Burns' book "Living It Up". There's a whole chapter that's nothing but stories about Jack.
After finishing the Irving Fein book I have to say I've largely revised my opinion. I've enjoyed this further insight into Jacks life and it's obviously written with affection for Jack. Overall though I preferred the more intimate biog. of Joan Benny. It's difficult getting hold of these out of print books but I will look out for the Milt Josefsberg one and the George Burns book.
Just one further questin. Irving Fein states that Babe never appeared in the radio shows. Is that correct? There were a few shows that Babe was supposed to be on but was the part played by an actress?