Lou's on First: The Tragic Life of Hollywood's Greatest Clown Warmly Recounted by his Youngest Child

Lou s on First The Tragic Life of Hollywood s Greatest Clown Warmly Recounted by his Youngest Child This intimate portrait of Lou Costello offers a rare look at one of the most talented comedians of all time Starting in the s Costello attained enormous fame touring the burlesque circu

  • Title: Lou's on First: The Tragic Life of Hollywood's Greatest Clown Warmly Recounted by his Youngest Child
  • Author: Chris Costello
  • ISBN: 9780312499143
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lou's on First: The Tragic Life of Hollywood's Greatest Clown Warmly Recounted by his Youngest Child

    This intimate portrait of Lou Costello 1906 1959 offers a rare look at one of the most talented comedians of all time Starting in the 1930s, Costello attained enormous fame touring the burlesque circuits with straight man Bud Abbott 1895 1974 Their live skits including Who s on First , radio programs, and films such as One Night in the Tropics, Buck Privates, AThis intimate portrait of Lou Costello 1906 1959 offers a rare look at one of the most talented comedians of all time Starting in the 1930s, Costello attained enormous fame touring the burlesque circuits with straight man Bud Abbott 1895 1974 Their live skits including Who s on First , radio programs, and films such as One Night in the Tropics, Buck Privates, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and In the Navy made comic history Behind the scenes, however, Costello faced numerous crises a bout with rheumatic fever that left him bedridden for months, the drowning death of his young son, and constant haggles with Universal Studios over its reluctance to adequately finance productions of Abbot and Costello films Lou s on First goes beyond Costello s clownish persona to explore his Pagliacci nature the private demons behind the happy public face, the heartbreaking moments in an otherwise storybook marriage, the business ventures soured by unscrupulous managers, and the true nature of the breakup of his twenty one year partnership with Bud Abbott.

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    One thought on “Lou's on First: The Tragic Life of Hollywood's Greatest Clown Warmly Recounted by his Youngest Child

    1. Mae

      This biography was a little frustrating to me; it mostly gets 3 stars because it was about Lou Costello and because I teared up at the end. I don't expect a biography written by the subject's daughter to be objective, but there were parts of it that seemed very defensive, and it included WAY too many excerpts of people "in the business" providing quotes about how nice and funny he was. It was also related in a strange order; it was somewhat chronological, but there were a lot of parts told out o [...]

    2. Polly

      I first read this book years ago, in paperback form. Chris Costello is on Facebook, and somehow I stumbled across her page, read some of her posts about her dad, and decided to reread it. (BTW the book wasn't on Kindle yet, and I put in a request - first time that seemed to work, as the book came out a few months after.)Lou Costello was a complicated man with a really good heart. That's my takeaway. This book is of course told from the viewpoint of his daughter, and it's more about home life tha [...]

    3. Kristin

      Always having loved watching the Abbott & Costello movies, this was a good read about Lou Costello's life. Written by his youngest daughter, it chronicles Costello's life from his early years in Paterson to his death in California. His marriage to Anne, the tragic death of his son, relationship with Bud, gambling problems, ups and downs of his career. It's all there. A good read and makes me want to re-watch the movies.

    4. Pat

      A must read for anyone who has ever enjoyed an Abbott and Costello movie. As is often the case, comedy springs from tragedy and Lou Costello's life was no exception. Lovingly and candidly written by his youngest daughter, the story of this icon of the golden age of comedy also serves as a window into the creative teaming with Bud Abbott, the studio system of their time, and how a tragic family loss would effect all of their lives.

    5. Jaime Contreras

      This is a warm and touching account of Lou Costello, the loveable cherubic comic actor who endeared himself to millions during the 1940s and 1950s. His life from birth to adulthood, replete with the tragic death of his child, the break-up with Bud Abbott and his rise to stardom are here. This is a wonderful biography of a man who lived to make people laugh about the funny side of life

    6. Mark

      For all those who are Abbott & Costello fans; it offers a real in-depth look to a man who was part of one of the best comedy teams in history. It shows that all is not as it seems. The man went through a lot of hardships & was taken advantage of by both family & "friends". It showed me more about the man than I thought I already knew. A very good book. I recommend it.

    7. David

      Lou's on First was truly a great book. Chris Costello really captured the life of the best comedian and actor of all times. The family stories in the book really suprised me since you don't here about them on the internet. The things that I learned can really only come from a family member.

    8. michele

      I believe this was my first biography. I don't remember how old I was when I read it, but I do remember crying in the end when his daughter kept her last name in memory of her father. I don't think I'd read it again, but I now have a better appreciation for "'Who's' On First?'".

    9. Jeff42

      I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I would have liked a more objective perspective of Lou and Bud, but I still learned quite a bit.

    10. Bryon Harris

      Of course very reliable information coming from his daughter. But a great family story more than anything.

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