James Kaplan

  • * The definitive biography of a 20th century icon by an internationally respected bestselling author.

  • A portrait of the iconic brat-pack entertainer analyzes the private world behind his famous public persona while surveying his role in shaping popular culture, tracing four decades of his life from his rise from the streets of Hoboken to his Oscar-winning performance in From Here to Eternity . Reprint.

  • Dean et moi ; une histoire d'amour

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    • Flammarion
    • 8 Mars 2006


    Quel étrange duo : le séduisant crooner et le maigrichon, l'Italien de
    Steubenville, dans l'Ohio, et le juif de Newark, New Jersey. La première
    fois qu'ils montèrent sur scène ensemble, un miracle se produisit, et, en
    très peu de temps, Martin et Lewis devinrent aussi connus qu'Elvis ou
    les Beatles en leur temps, déclenchant l'hystérie sur leur passage.
    Mais, le 24 juillet 1956, dix ans après leur première rencontre, Martin et
    Lewis se séparent.
    Chacun mena par la suite une carrière solo triomphante ; mais leur
    séparation laisse à jamais un vide dans le coeur de chaque Américain.
    Dans ce livre, à la fois émouvant, tragique et drôle, Jerry Lewis raconte,
    sans langue de bois, une amitié de cinquante ans, depuis cette après-midi
    de printemps 1945 où les deux jeunes artistes se croisèrent au carrefour
    de Broadway et de la 54e Rue, jusqu'à leur dernière rencontre accidentelle
    au milieu des années 90. Mais ce qui transparaît surtout, c'est l'immense
    amour que Jerry Lewis portait et porte toujours à son partenaire, et que
    Martin éprouvait aussi : un amour véritable qui durera éternellement.


  • DEAN AND ME

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    • 3 rivers press
    • 10 Octobre 2006

    In a memoir by turns moving, tragic, and hilarious, Jerry Lewis recounts with crystal clarity every step of his fifty-year friendship with Dean Martin. They were the unlikeliest of pairs--a handsome crooner and a skinny monkey, an Italian from Steubenville, Ohio, and a Jew from Newark, N.J.. Before they teamed up, Dean Martin seemed destined for a mediocre career as a nightclub singer, and Jerry Lewis was dressing up as Carmen Miranda and miming records on stage. But the moment they got together, something clicked--something miraculous--and audiences saw it at once. Before long, they were as big as Elvis or the Beatles would be after them, creating hysteria wherever they went and grabbing an unprecedented hold over every entertainment outlet of the era: radio, television, movies, stage shows, and nightclubs. Martin and Lewis were a national craze, an American institution. The millions flowed in, seemingly without end--and then, on July 24, 1956, ten years after it all started, it ended suddenly. After that traumatic day, the two wouldnt speak again for twenty years. And while both went on to forge triumphant individual careers--Martin as a movie and television star, recording artist, and nightclub luminary (and charter member of the Rat Pack); Lewis as the groundbreaking writer, producer, director, and star of a series of hugely successful movie comedies--their parting left a hole in the national psyche, as well as in each mans heart. In Dean & Me , Lewis makes a convincing case for Martin as one of the great--and most underrated--comic talents of our era. But what comes across most powerfully in this definitive memoir is the depth of love Lewis felt for his partner, and which his partner felt for him: truly a love to last for all time.

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