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With Love and Laughter, John Ritter

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  285 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews

With Love and Laughter
is actress Amy Yasbeck’s most enduring memory of the life she shared with her husband, John Ritter. He was one of America’s most popular and beloved film and television actors. We welcomed him into our homes weekly with his Emmy Award–winning portrayal of Jack Tripper on Three’s Company and his hit comedy 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
ebook, 272 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Gallery Books (first published December 8th 2009)
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I was expecting much more about John. I knew that Yasbeck would be in the book, but I didn't realize she would be in SO much of it. I found it insulting that the author didn't talk about John's original family and found it disturbing that there were no pictures of his children besides Stella. Ms. Yasbeck seems self absorbed and in my opinion this book does not cast her in a good light. I loved John Ritter. My favorite performance of his was on "Felicity" in which he played Ben's troubled alcohol ...more
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was at the library with my daughter and just caught a glimpse of this book. It was small and short, so I picked it up. I spent the next three hours reading the book and finished it the next day. What a beautiful labor of love. Written by Ritter's widow without the assistance of a ghost writer, it is a beautiful testament to a great example of celebrity and a great love. She leaves out just enough to keep some things for herself but adds just enough to make you really get John Ritter. It was ve ...more
Winter Sophia Rose
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Funny, Moving, Insightful & Uplifting! I Loved It!
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of John Ritter
Recommended to Dawn by: I am a fan of John's and wanted to read it.
A loving tribute to a wonderful actor. I often think of John Ritter and still get teary eyed when I see him on tv, thinking that he left this world too soon and it could have been avoided with the proper tests and treatment. I first remember John when I was a little girl and he played the minister on one of my favorite shows, "The Waltons". I never really watched "Three's Company" as a child, because it came on at my bedtime and in the 70's, my Mom considered it a show not meant for children (th ...more
Gaynor Paynter
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Nearly finished reading it and so far, I am a little disillusioned with this.. I was expecting much more about John Ritter and more pictures of his shows, posters etc, as he was such a visual actor. The title "With Love and Laughter, John Ritter" indicates to me that it should be completely biographical about John, and less about the author. Agree with other reviews - I'd have liked more about John's first wife and older kids also and more about his career. I understand that it's completely Amy ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't recall ever watching at least one episode of the 1970's sitcom Three's Company? Or maybe you're a horror film fan and you recall seeing the TV movie Stephen King's It? Most people have seen actor John Ritter in some show or film at one point or another, and this book, written by his wife, it discusses who he was not just as an actor, but as a person. Well-written and very intriguing, this book is definitely one worth reading. Unfortunately John Ritter died in 2006 at the age of 54 bu ...more
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: life-stories
Well, Amy Yasbeck is a talented writer, but she's not that great of a biographer. The book was an enjoyable read, but John Ritter became more of a character in her life than a presence in the biography. I didn't really learn all that much about his life. I am actually interested to read another biography about him that was written by someone else. But, this is an enjoyable read.
Lisa Wooten
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lovely tribute to her husband. I envy the relationship Amy and John had. We should all be so lucky.
Dee Poynter
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Job Amy!

I've had this in my Kindle for years..My husband is a survivor of Aortic Dissection . I believe due to Amy's work and educating the world. He had his event in 2006. For some reason I just read this. I am madly trying to contact my husband as he is due for his scans and he is not following thru. There are no coincidence s. I believe this story got on my radar to get him rechecked again. The night he was diagnosed the ER Dr. Said we think you have a dissecting aorta. We said what is t
Laura Duffield Biegger
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Written with humor, love and laughter. Looks at John's life and Amy's from childhood onward. Letting go "necessary, heartbreaking, and draining." "Any object, picture, scent, taste, or sound can evoke a memory so real that it's disorienting."

Strongly advocates for aortic aneurysm testing as a legacy of John's.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful tribute to John Ritter from his wife, Amy. He was lost much too young and it was so interesting to learn about him and how he got into acting. Beautiful story
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
What a lovely book. This is written by Amy Yasbeck (Wings, Robin Hood Men in Tights), the wife of John Ritter.

This book is written with love and humor and in such a conversational way you feel that you could just talk with the writer. She has a fun sense of humor (I could totally hang with her) with which she lets you glimpse a little into the life and heart of one of our most beloved comedic actors.

I grew up with John Ritter as Jack Tripper. It was fun to reminisce a little about some of the r
Dec 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Any fan of John Ritter
My first choice book for the 2011 Memorable Memoirs challenge was "With Love and Laughter, John Ritter" by Amy Yasbeck. Like much of the rest of the world, I was a huge fan of funnyman, John Ritter and very saddened when he died unexpectedly, much too young. His wife, Amy Yasbeck writes a very heartfelt and surprisingly readable memoir of their life together with their daughter, Stella. The only real complaint I have is that I felt like it left out a lot of his life. She writes a very short acco ...more
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I remember growing up watching Three's Company and I was a fan anytime John Ritter was in something in his later years. I loved "Noises Off" and his role as "Ted" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I didn't get into his last show much (I don't think we had DVR's yet) but I'm looking forward to going back and catching the dvds as well as watching some other things the book talked about. I have the entire dvd series of Wings and I was fan of Amy's (Casey) but I had no clue she could write such a moving ...more
Sue Seligman
Sep 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Amy Yasbeck, the wife of John Ritter has written a combination memoir/biography. She writes about John Ritter's early life and career, as well as her own, and then discusses their lives together, careers, parenthood and marriage. The most poignant part of the book concerns John's unexpected death from a little known condition of aortic dissection. Her book was interesting and insightful, but I was disappointed that very little was mentioned about John's first wife, and although his children from ...more
Michelle (Champ)
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a sweet story. You can tell the love she had for John. You can tell the importance they had on each other and their relationship. He seemed like a riot off screen too, and very much in love with his kids. His passing made me sad because I am a big we see how his family felt. It's not all sad. We find out about John's roots, career and hobbies. Amy downplayed her own strengths and made John look great. I am sure he wasn't so perfect and I know she's a better actress than she port ...more
Cheryl  Madigan
Sep 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I LOVE John Ritter, from a young girl watching Three's Company when I was probably too young for the content. His sudden death was such a shock and just so sad. This is a very sweet book, but really didn't grab me the way I thought it would. It was nice to read some personal stories about his personality and his love for his fans and family, but over all, it was just ok. I am usually a fast reader but this book took me a long time to get through.

RIP John Ritter
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Its a must read for John Ritter Fans. John had a big heart and the bond between him and his brother Tom is inspirational. He raised money for Cerebral Palsy ( his brother Tom was diagnosed at a young age). Amy his wife wrote an incredible book honoring John and his memory. I felt like I knew him just from reading the book. Amy also made the "John Ritter Foundation" and " Team Ritter". John's legacy and love lives on.
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was expecting and hoping for more out of this book. I loved John Ritter as a celebrity, and it is clear through the book that Yasbeck loved him thoroughly, but it just wasn't the story I was hoping to read. Often felt over done, and just not a story I connected to for the most part. I found the title somewhat misleading- based on the title I assumed the book would be mostly about John, yet that wasn't really the case, unfortunately.
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loved everything about this book--

Amy writes with such emotion, a type that you never really saw in a memoir. Found myself going misty at several turns in the book.
The words lovingly illustrate fond recollections of this gifted actor..makes one wish to have known him, if not at least met.
The book exemplified the difference between sympathy and empathy for me--tended to turn towards the latter throughout.
Jun 08, 2011 rated it liked it
you know, this is a good book. and it tells about a talented fellow. but . . a lot of this was about amy yasbeck, as well. perhaps it would have been better to put that somewhere in the title. "my life with . . ." or something.

that being said, it's a good book, with excellent tips on comedy acting.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked this book, however I thought it was a little one-sided. I guess that can happens with biographies! I felt like there wasn't as much substance as I would have liked and thought there it was a little heavy on how wonderful and saintly he was. I did like reading about him, just would have liked a bit more.
Kristina Hoerner
Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
While it was a quick read, the book was much more about Amy Yasbeck than it was about John Ritter. Great poignant details about life with his life and daughter but absolutely no details about the rest of Ritter's life. I was at least hoping for details from his shows.
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, tv
One chapter in the beginning and the last 60 pages were about John Ritter. This was Amy Yasbeck's attempt to build her career on the coat tails of John's death...Not recommended if you are looking to read about John Ritter.
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
An emotional and beautiful memoir on Amy's life with John Ritter. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Amy at a book signing. She is a strong, and beautiful woman who is bringing awareness to the disease that took John's life.
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010
A nice tribute to the great comedian, John Ritter, filled with many funny and touching moments experienced by his wife/author. However, it felt like something was missing from the story, for example, maybe a small part on how the couple met would have been a nice touch if it was included.
A loving story from the widow who experienced a totally unexpected loss of her husband. John Ritter apparently was the same wonderful comic in his every day life as we came to know on Three's Company and he kept everyone's spirits up even after his death.
Good but not great book. Tells a little about herself and little about John. Talks about their lives before and after they meet but does not give you a full picture. Dry read, would have like a little more life in it.
Debbie Phelps bunim
Thought it would be more about John vs. Amy. Limited pics and information on him with his older children. More about Amy and her career than of John's. It was a good read, but disappointing for those reasons.
Mary Reed
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very good book. It is nice to read a bio that doesn't trash the person they are writing about. It was nice reading about John Ritter. He was such a great actor. He is truly missed.
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