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The Resource Becoming Richard Pryor, (electronic resource :)

Becoming Richard Pryor, (electronic resource :)

Label
Becoming Richard Pryor
Title
Becoming Richard Pryor
Statement of responsibility
Scott Saul
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Richard Pryor may have been the most unlikely star in Hollywood history. Raised in his family's brothels, in Peoria, Illinois, by a grandmother who often threatened to kick him upstairs with her size-twelve shoes, he always considered himself a bottom dog. He took to the stage originally to escape the tough realities of his childhood but later discovered he could alchemize his stand-up by delving fully, even painfully, into the "off-color" life he'd known. He brought that vitality to a movie career whose best moments—Blazing Saddles, Blue Collar, the buddy comedies with Gene Wilder—flowed directly out of his spirit of creative improvisation. The major studios considered him dangerous. Audiences felt plugged directly into the socket of life. Built on groundbreaking research, Becoming Richard Pryor brings into sharp focus the man and his genius as never before. From his heartbreaking childhood, his trials in the army, and his improv days in Greenwich Village to his soul-searching interlude in Berkeley and his rise in the "New Hollywood" of the 1970s, Becoming Richard Pryor sheds light on an entertainer who, by uniting the spirits of the Black Power movement and the counterculture, forever altered the cultural DNA of America
Summary
Drawing upon interviews with family and friends, court transcripts, unpublished journals and screenplay drafts, the author traces Richard Pryor's journey from his rough childhood, his trials in the Army and his apprentice days in Greenwich Village to his ascent in the "New Hollywood" of the 1970s and his struggles with drugs and fame
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10386455
Cataloging source
MnSpTMCL
Dewey number
  • 792.76028092
  • 920
Index
index present
Intended audience
General adult
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
Target audience
adult
Label
Becoming Richard Pryor, (electronic resource :)
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http://ebook.3m.com/library/ald-document_id-eweb6z9
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Publication
Control code
9780062123336
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unknown
Extent
608 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780062123336
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
eweb6z9
Label
Becoming Richard Pryor, (electronic resource :)
Link
http://ebook.3m.com/library/ald-document_id-eweb6z9
Publication
Control code
9780062123336
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
608 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780062123336
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
eweb6z9

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