King of the Night

King of the Night

The Life of Johnny Carson

Book - 1989
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Baker & Taylor
More than seven hundred interviews with ex-wives, friends, and business associates provide a wealth of details about late-night television talk show host Johnny Carson, detailing his rise from obscurity to national fame


Johnny Carson was a phenomenon, the most successful performer in the history of television. For the better part of three decades, the enormously popular host of "The Tonight Show" was welcomed into millions of American homes -- as a friend, an entertainer, and an inexhaustibly sage and witty commentator on our lives and times. But there was a dark side to this charming and inscrutable enigma that only those closest to Carson ever saw -- a sadness, mistrust, and cruelty behind the glitter and glamour, intensified by a lifelong pursuit of power, wealth, and fame.

Based on more than two years of intensive research including more than 700 personal interviews with ex-wives, ex-friends, colleagues, and celebrities -- with all-new, never-before-published material on Johnny's post-"Tonight Show" life, from his retirement through his final days -- Laurence Learner's King of the Night is an intimate and powerful portrait of an unforgettable personality, at once a tribute and a revelation.

Book News
A thoroughly researched, objective life of the celebrity. An unflattering biography. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Publisher: New York : Morrow, 1989.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780688074043
Branch Call Number: 920 CARSON, J.
Characteristics: 448 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Nov 21, 2013

this book is a well written and copiously researched tell all that offers a revealing look behind the persona of one of televisions' great personalities. if you're interested in Johnny you'll find it a great read.

Jan 12, 2011

This is my 3rd book that I have read about JC and can attest that this is THE book to read. A real page turner. Great writing.


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