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Billy Crystal

Author of 700 Sundays

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William Edward "Billy" Crystal was born on March 14, 1948 in Manhattan. He is an actor, writer, producer, comedian, and film director. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap and became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in box show more office successes When Harry Met Sally... and City Slickers. He has hosted the Academy Awards nine times from 1990 through the 84th Academy Awards in 2012. After graduation from Long Beach High School in 1965 Crystal attended Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia on a baseball scholarship. He later attended New York University, where he graduated in 1970 with a BFA from its Tisch School of the Arts. Crystal's earliest prominent role was as Jodie Dallas on Soap, one of the first unambiguously homosexual characters in the cast of an American television series. After hosting Saturday Night Live in 1984, he joined the regular cast. Crystal's first film role was in Joan Rivers's 1978 film Rabbit Test. Crystal also made game show appearances such as The Hollywood Squares, All Star Secrets and The $20,000 Pyramid. Crystal starrred in the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally in 1989 for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe. Crystal then starred in the comedy City Slickers in 1991. Next, he went on to write direct and star in Mr. Saturday Night and Forget Paris. He continued working in film with roles in movies such as Analyze This and Analyze That. Crystal won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event for 700 Sundays, a two-act, one-man play, which he conceived and wrote about his parents and his childhood growing up on Long Island. Following the initial success of the play, Crystal wrote the book 700 Sundays for Warner Books, which was published on October 31, 2005. His written works include Absolutely Mahvelous, I Already Know I Love You, and Grandpa's Little One. He made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013 for his title Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Horton Hatches the Egg (1940) — Narrator, some editions — 4,432 copies
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride (2014) — Narrator, some editions — 2,483 copies
The Princess Bride [1987 film] (1987) — Actor — 2,018 copies
Monsters, Inc. [2001 film] (2001) — Voice — 1,309 copies
Howl's Moving Castle [2004 film] (2004) — Actor, some editions — 675 copies
When Harry Met Sally... [1989 film] (1989) — Actor — 570 copies
Monsters University [2013 film] (2013) — Actor — 541 copies
America's Sweethearts [2001 film] (2001) — Actor; Writer — 234 copies
Hamlet [1996 film] (1996) — Actor — 196 copies
Liberty's Kids: The Complete Television Series (2002) — Actor — 187 copies
City Slickers [1991 film] (1991) — Actor — 176 copies
Analyze This [1999 film] (1999) — Actor — 148 copies
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction (1998) — Contributor — 132 copies
Parental Guidance [2012 film] (2015) — Actor — 102 copies
Analyze That [2002 film] (2003) — Actor — 84 copies
Throw Momma From the Train [1987 film] (1987) — Actor — 68 copies
Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier (2020) — Foreword — 43 copies
I Remember Me (2012) — Foreword — 43 copies
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold [1994 film] (1994) — Producer & Actor — 36 copies
Running Scared [1986 film] (1986) — Actor — 36 copies
Soap: The Complete First Season (1994) — Actor — 30 copies
Father's Day [1997 film] (1997) 26 copies
Soap: The Complete Series (2008) — Actor — 25 copies
My Giant [1998 film] (1998) — Actor — 18 copies
Soap: The Complete Second Season (2004) — Actor — 18 copies
Tony Bennett: An American Classic [2006 film] (1963) — Actor — 17 copies
The Cat in the Hat and Other Dr. Seuss Favorites (2006) — Narrator, some editions — 14 copies
Monsters, Inc.: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2001) — Preformer — 11 copies
Soap: The Complete Fourth Season (2005) — Actor — 10 copies
Get Bruce [1999 film] (1999) — Actor — 9 copies
Disney•Pixar Greatest (2009) — Contributor — 8 copies
Andre the Giant [2018 Documentary] (2018) — Contributor — 7 copies
Mike's New Car [2002 shirt film] — Actor — 5 copies
The Pixar Story [2007 film] (2007) — Self — 3 copies
Memories of Me (2003) — Actor — 3 copies
Chuck McCann's Let's Have Fun Scrapbook (2012) — Foreword — 2 copies
Party Central [2013 short film] — Actor — 2 copies
Rabbit Test [1978 film] — Actor — 2 copies
Untogether — Actor — 1 copy
La fantascienza di Playboy - parte seconda (1998) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Very entertaining survey of the comedian's life. I recommend listening to the audiobook version to get the extra inflection of Billy Crystal's voice.

The reader/listener will be shocked (shocked! I say) to learn that Billy grew up in a happy home, has always been pretty funny, and didn't go into comedy right away. I should have recalled, but learned more deeply here, that Billy has a love of baseball, especially the New York Yankees, that is long and deep and is rooted in the limited time he had with his father.

This is a love story between Billy and life, with a little death thrown in for added poignancy and drama. Recommended for any fan and even non-fans.
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zot79 | 36 other reviews | Aug 20, 2023 |
2.5 stars. I mostly know Billy's Crystal's later work - from City Slickers to his award-hosting stints to appearances on late-night talk shows. He seems like a nice guy, and this book wasn't bad. It's a combination of stand-up type material (some performed in front of a live audience) and memoir. I found some parts slow, and I also found some of his language extremely jarring. I just wasn't expecting so many f-bombs from him!
 
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Rostie | 22 other reviews | Mar 5, 2023 |
A bit about the format. This was my first audio book. I listened to it on my way to and back from work. In my opinion, this format is great for something just like this, a memoir, or maybe an historical biography. However, I just can't see myself listening to a novel. For me, fiction is meant to be read.

With that said, this memoir made me laugh, made me get misty, made me a tad bit angry in a few parts, made me reminisce, and it made me think. That's five stars for me. Pick it up, it's a great read, or listen.… (more)
 
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