“Forgotten Hollywood”- Johnny Carson’s Lawyer Tells All…

Posted on October 17, 2013 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… Book Review-Johnny Carson

   Henry Bushkin was the longtime barrister and advocate of the late-night king of television. His new book, Johnny Carson, is a juicy peek inside the noted celebrity’s life. Bushkin’s memoir is a well-written corporate tale that reveals the tough business of staying America’s favorite host for four decades; full of stories about money, sex, skullduggery, and plenty of laughs.

   Bushkin began handling Carson’s affairs in 1970. Johnny eventually let him go after nearly two decades of service. In between, an engrossing story emerged. Few books like Johnny Carson have been more telling.

   For example, the television personality had multiple issues with his many wives, including a lack of fidelity that led to a sad confrontation with his second spouse and sportscaster Frank Gifford; and a poor decision to dissolve a pre-nuptual agreement, costing Johnny $35 million after a messy divorce with his third wife. While single, his skirt-chasing earned a beating from a gangster’s entourage, and a mob contract. Bushkin says some high-level discussions allowed Carson to walk the streets of New York again without fear of being killed for hitting on the wrong guy’s gal.

   Bushkin’s memoir adds shading to a portrait already established. The master of the talk-show medium was often uncomfortable with individuals. He could be generous, witty, and a joy to be around — but in a flash, turn cruel and cold. Television’s controversial Midwesterner was also a roving husband, unpredictable when drunk, a four-pack-a-day smoker, and prone to obscenity-laden rants. When he drove his vehicle, he usually carried a handgun for protection, according to the legal scribe. In Bushkin’s telling, Carson was too trusting of financial advisers, making him an easy victim of bad deals (including a dubious relationship with a lawyer that is capitalizing on his fame after his passing).

   Johnny Carson is a must-read for all of its insights and details. The literary work is published through Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

—————————————————————-ed lauter

   Ed Lauter often played menacing folks in cinema. The veteran actor was instantly recognizable in scores of movies and television programs during a busy career stretching across five decades.   ED LAUTER —>

   Ed appeared in the final motion picture directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Family Plot. Other film roles included The Longest YardKing KongCujo, Breakheart Pass, Death Wish 3, Born on the Fourth of July, The Rocketeer, and The Artist. Lauter had small screen appearances in The A-Team, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The X-FilesKojak, ERMurder She Wrote, The Rockford Files, and The Office.

   The versatile Ed Lauter was 74.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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