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Oscar Levant was the Amadeus of Hollywood, the Oscar Wilde of Broadway and the most wildly self-destructive personality ever to become a household name. An astonishingly gifted concert pianist (and the premier interpreter of Gershwin's concert works), composer, film and stage presence, radio and television raconteur wit and bestselling author, Levant steered a maniacally masochistic course through seven decades spent in the company of some of America's most noted literary, musical and entertainment personages. He penned three popular volumes of autobiography, made more than 100 recordings and appeared in thirteen films, including An American in Paris, The Band Wagon and Rhapsody in Blue, in which he literally played himself, best friend to George Gershwin. His death in 1972, at the age of sixty-five, left the entertainment community shocked -- largely with amazement that a four-pack-a-day smoker with a long history of drug abuse and mental illness had lasted as long as Levant did. Oscar Levant on himself: "There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I have crossed that line." "I'm a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy." "My favorite exercises are groveling, brooding and rolling. arts and literature,arts music and photography,biographies,criticism,entertainers,home and garden,history and criticism,humor and entertainment,movies,music Entertainers, Silman-James Press

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very good, fair Houghton Mifflin Boston, MA 1971 First 25 cm, 298, illus., DJ somewhat worn and soiled, DJ spine heavily soiled, Houghton Mifflin, 1971, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.: Silman-James Pr, 1998. Lighest wear, previous owner's name stamped on flep, bookstore codes in pencil on flep also, several small checkmarks at rear of book in bibliography section. Paperback. Very Good -/No Jacket., Silman-James Pr, 1998

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A Talent for Genius: The Life and Times of Oscar Levant
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Sam Kashner, Nancy Schoenberger

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A Talent for Genius: The Life and Times of Oscar Levant

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9781879505391

Oscar Levant was the Amadeus of Hollywood, the Oscar Wilde of Broadway - and the most wildly self-destructive personality ever to become a household name. An astonishingly gifted concert pianist, composer, film and stage presence, radio and television raconteur, insult wit, and bestselling author, Levant steered a maniacally masochistic course through seven glorious decades. His death in 1972, at the age of sixty-five, left the entertainment community shocked - largely with amazement that a four-pack-a-day smoker with a history of drug abuse and mental illness had lasted as long as Levant did. He made a national reputation for himself in the late 1930s as a brash, brilliant "expert" on radio's famed quiz show Information, Please!, and as a fine concert pianist and the premier interpreter of George Gershwin's concert works. He appeared in thirteen films, usually as a best friend/"Oscar Levant" type. He played Gene Kelly's sidekick in An American in Paris and a lovable hypochondriac in The Band Wagon, and in the film biography Rhapsody in Blue he literally played himself: Oscar Levant, best friend to George Gershwin, a role he knew all too well. His hero worship of Gershwin stunted his confidence as a songwriter and a serious composer, though one of his pop songs, "Blame It on My Youth", has become a standard, and Arnold Schoenberg, Aaron Copeland, and Virgil Thomson all thought Levant an immensely gifted composer. Levant's addiction to Demerol following a heart attack in the early 1950s led to nearly a decade of drug dependency. Already hobbled by complex superstitions meant to ward off the terrors of performing, Levant was almost destroyed by his addictions. But his intense neurosisdidn't keep him from appearing on television to talk about it. His uncensored comments on The Jack Paar Show and on his own local Los Angeles talk show made national news. A Talent for Genius, the result of exhausting research and hundreds of hours of interviews, is a profound

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ISBN (ISBN-10): 1879505398
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Publishing year: 1972
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