|Plot Summary of Only Make Believe: My Life in Show Business|
|"Only Make Believe: My Life in Show Business
Howard Keel with Joyce Spizer
If country singer Loretta Lynn was the Coal Miner's Daughter, then bass-baritone Howard Keel was the Coal Miner's Son.
Far from the bright color and schmaltz of the MGM musicals that first made him an international star, Howard Keel was born in 1919 in the coal mining town of Gillespie, Illinois to a poor dysfunction-tinged family. A shy, insecure child with a bum arm, Howard eventual rise to a legendary figure of the show business world in nothing short of fascinating. In this deliciously funny and sometimes poignant autobiography, completed shortly before his passing, Howard takes us inside his career highs and lows, two failed marriages, numerous affairs and, finally, lasting happiness with his third wife, a former airline hostess 25 years his junior.
Susan, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Only Make Believe: My Life in Show Business|
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Story of entertainer?
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- very athletic
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript. of nude males (the big P)
- vague references
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
Lot of foul language?
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
- A ton 16-20 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
Lot of titilating info about love life?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
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