Biographies & Memoirs


Space does not permit more than a listing, but each of the books listed has our recommendation. Some are suggested for their accuracy, literacy and pertinence; others, oftentimes memoirs, are recommended for their viewpoint and flavor.

Fred Allen: Much Ado about Me by Fred Allen

Fred Allen: Treadmill to Oblivion by Fred Allen

Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle: The Day the Laughter Stopped by David Yallop

Fred Astaire: Steps in Time: An Autobiography

Cholly Atkins (and Honi Coles): Class Act: The Jazz Life of Choreographer Cholly Atkins by

CA & Jacqui Malone

Baby Peggy, Whatever Happened to Baby Peggy by Dana Serra Cary (Baby Peggy)

Jack Benny by Irving Fein

Jack Benny: Sunday Nights at Seven by Joan & Jack Benny

Milton Berle: An Autobiography by Milton Berle

Irving Berlin: As Thousands Cheer: the Life of IB by Laurence Bergreen

Joan Blondell: Center Door Fancy ( autobiographical fiction) by Joan Blondell

Fanny Brice: The Fabulous Fanny by Norman Katkov

Fanny Brice: Funny Woman by Barbara Grossman

Bricktop by Bricktop & James Haskins

Joe E. Brown: Laughter Is a Wonderful Thing by J.E. Brown & Ralph Hancock

George Burns: The Hundred Year Dash by Martin Gottfried

Burns & Allen: Gracie: A Love Story by George Burns

James Cagney by John McCabe

Cagney by Cagney by James Cagney

Eddie Cantor: Take My Life by Eddie Cantor

Eddie Cantor: Banjo Eyes: EC & the Birth of Modern Stardom by Herbert G. Goldman

George M. Cohan by John McCabe

Will Cressy: Continuous Vaudeville by Will Cressy

Lotta Crabtree: The Triumphs & Trials of LC by David Dempsey & Raymond Baldwin

Sally De May: Almost Famous by Sally De May

Jack Donahue: Letters of a Hoofer to His Ma by Jack Donahue

Marie Dressler by Matthew Kennedy

Marie Dressler: The Unlikeliest Star by Betty Lee

Marie Dressler: The Life Story of an Ugly Duckling by Marie Dressler

Jimmy Durante: Schnozzola by Gene Fowler

Gracie Fields: Sing as We Go by Gracie Fields

Lew Fields (and Joe Weber): Bowery to Broadway: Lew Fields and the Roots of American Popular Theater by Armond Fields & L. Marc Fields

W.C. Fields: The Man on the Flying Trapeze by Simon Louvish

George L. Fox: The Age and Stage of George L. Fox by Laurence Senelick

Eddie Foy by Armond Fields

Joe Frisco: Comic, Jazz Dancer, and Railbird by Ed Lowry, Charlie Foy, Paul Levitt

Mousie Garner: Autobiography of a Vaudeville Stooge by Paul “Mousie” Garner & Sharon F. Kissane

Betty Garrett and Other Songs by Betty Garrett & Ron Rapoport

Yvette Guilbert: This Was Yvette Guilbert by Bettina Knapp & Myra Chipman

Texas Guinan: Queen of the Nightclubs by Louise Berlinger


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