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Nobody's Fool: The Lives of Danny Kaye

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It is the facinating story of an energetic, athletic, curious, perhaps overly mothered kid from Brooklyn who became an utterly original star parlaying his multiple talents into a career as one of the most popular and adored entertainers in American history. With his songwriting wife and mentor, Sylvia Fine, he formed a unique and perhaps perverse team, and the two of them ...more
352 pages
Published November 7th 1994 by Simon & Schuster Ltd (first published 1994)
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I enjoyed this book a lot. We saw the show about Danny Kaye and this filled in a lot of the gaps for me. a Fascinating character- not exactly the beloved character we saw o the screen- if this is true. I totally enjoyed reading this. EVen took out a few of the old movies to watch again - with a new insight.
Sometimes reading a biography about a star you really love can be hard. Sometimes it is better not to know more about people you idolize.
I recall reading a book about Danny Kaye in high school that I just loved. It sent me on a kick of reading show-biz biographies and I have always remembered reading that book (It must have been The Danny Kaye Story by Kurt Singer as that was written a few years before I started high school.)
Wish I could say that this biography was as memorable, but it wasn't. I'm sure the earlier book was all fluff and glamour that would appeal to the more naive reader that I was back then. As a biography , th
This is a very thorough, analytical look at the life of Danny Kaye, supposedly one of the greatest performers of all time, who I never heard of until a month ago. The writing is excellent and there's enough juicy gossip for even the most (morbidly) curious readers.

Danny Kaye was a strange and mysterious fellow, so I'm glad that people are writing biographies about him. But, I think that the author overthought this one. I experienced a similar sentiment when reading John Coldstream's 800 page epi
This is probably one of the best movie-star biographies I know. And I've read a lot of them.
What makes "Nobody's Fool" so different is the fact that the author manages not to get all sappy and emotional just because he is a fan of his subject. And Gottfried certainly is a fan of Danny Kaye, this is evident in his admiration for Kaye's work on stage and screen and especially in the little scenes where he describes that Kaye could be a very helpful and caring person if someone really needed him. B
I've always loved Danny Kaye and was curious about his "supposed" affair with Laurence Olivier so I thought I would read his biography.

The book was well written, giving my the history as well as the gossip that I was looking for. I did find out that Danny was far more complex than I thought, and not nearly as nice as I'd hoped.

Still I liked the book and could recommend it to anyone interested in his career.
Like many who are in the limelight (and quite a few who aren't), Kaye had an assortment of personal troubles. This book did a good job of balancing the darker side of Kaye's personality with his memorable on-stage triumphs. The parts of the book that have stuck with me are the examples of Kaye's pettiness in dealing with rivals and his uneasy relationship with his spiritual side.
This biography has the distinction my having not read one since. Sometimes it may be better not knowing about stars you love watching on film etc. I felt that Gottfried didn't like his subject matter and this went double for Kaye's wife.
Before reading i'm rating it :), i'm sure it's a very interesting book .
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