NOTES ON A COWARDLY LION. The Biography of Bert Lahr

New York: Knopf, 1969. First edition. hardbound. Biography of Bert Lahr written by his son John Lahr, the drama critic. Laid in is a TLS from the author to Frank Buxton "Dear Mr. Buxton / Thank you very much for your letter -- I am very pleased that you liked the book so much. It / is responses like yours that make / it all worthwhile." (signed) "Best Wishes, John Lahr". Bookplate of Frank Buxton to front endpaper signed by John Lahr. A chronical, public and private, of the life of Bert Lahr, the last of the great clowns. Drawing on his father's recollections and on the memories of those who worked with him, the younger Lahr brilliantly recreates the actor's life: the first imitative Kid Acts: burlesque, where he introduced the hilarious "What's the Idea?", two-a-day in vaudeville: backstage life, with its intimacies and rivalries, babes and booze, practical jokes; the triumphant years on Broadway with the great Ziegfeld and the notorius George White, with Beatrice Lillie and Ethel Merman, with Harold Arlen, and E.Y. Harburg; the disappointments in Hollywood surrounding the glorious months as the Cowardly Lion in 'The Wizard of Oz'; and the last years in serious drama, when Lahr burst forth in 'Waiting for Godot' and 'The Beauty Part'. 394 pages illustrated from photographs, with appendices and index. A near fine copy in a near fine clean dust jacket. Item #14517

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