Matthau: A Life

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Taylor Trade Publications, 4.9.2002 - 368 sivua
Funny yet down-to-earth, honest yet full of exaggeration, actor Walter Matthau (1920-2000) will always occupy a place in America's heart as one of the great comic talents of his generation. Born Walter Matuschanskayasky into Jewish tenements on New York's Lower East Side, he was a child actor in New York Yiddish theater, and later a World War II Air Force radioman-gunner. He paid dues for ten years on Broadway, in summer stock, and on television before landing his film debut The Kentuckian in 1955. By the time of his 1968 casting as cantankerous but lovable slob Oscar Madison in the film version of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, Matthau had won major Hollywood stardom.
Based on dozens of interviews and extensive research, this book covers the breadth of his often-complicated personal life and multi-faceted career, including his unforgettable performances in such films as The Fortune Cookie, A Guide for the Married Man, Plaza Suite, Charley Varrick, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The Sunshine Boys, The Bad News Bears, California Suite, and Grumpy Old Men.
 

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Matuschanaskayasky?
1
Dreaming the Dream
14
Building Confidence
22
The Gambler
32
War Stories
39
Possibility Comedy
47
Geri
55
Stage Presence
65
West Coast Life
177
Laffaire Streisand
191
Building on Success
200
Return to Roots
211
He Thought He Was Going to Die
217
Aging Star
226
Personality
238
A Star is Reborn
247

Live from New York
74
To the Ends of the Universe
87
The Family
97
Supporting Actor
108
Footnotes in a Filmography
119
Back to the Boards
129
Oscar
138
Whiplash Willie
152
Odd Couple Redux
163
Character ActorStar
169
The Return of Oscar and Felix
260
My Best Friend
267
On the Decline
282
A Good Life
300
Credits and Awards
308
Bibliography
324
Index
326
About the Authors
338
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Rob Edelman and , authors of Meet the Mertzes, Angela Lansbury: A Life on Stage and Screen, and The John Travolta Scrapbook, are both lecturers in film history at the State University of New York-Albany. They live in Amsterdam, New York.

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