By John Lahr
John Lahr’s attractive and intricate biography of his father, the mythical actor and comic Bert Lahr
Part biography, half historical past of yank express enterprise, Notes on a Cowardly Lion is John Lahr’s masterwork: an all-encompassing biography of his father, the comic and performer Bert Lahr. most sensible often called the Cowardly Lion in MGM’s vintage The Wizard of Oz, Lahr was once a consummate artist whose profession spanned burlesque, vaudeville, Broadway, and Hollywood. whereas he will be both raucous and polished in public, Lahr used to be painfully insecure and self-absorbed in inner most, maintaining his relations at arm’s size as he quietly battled his internal demons. advised with a magnificent objectivity and willing figuring out of the construction—and destruction—of the performer, Notes on a Cowardly Lion is multiple man’s quest to appreciate his father. it's a unprecedented exam of a lifestyles at the degree.
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