King of the Night
The Life of Johnny CarsonBook - 1989
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.
A thoroughly researched, objective life of the celebrity. An unflattering biography. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.