Chronological look at the life and career of Johnny Carson (1925-2005), with commentary from an ex-wife and more than 30 fellow comedians, friends, employees, and biographers. The biography defines why Carson was an enduring star (his cool, his timing, his genuine laugh, his breadth of knowledge) and pursues his motivations and inner self (a loner with a drinking problem, a decent Midwesterner whose mother withheld approval, a quiet person who loved to entertain). The key to understanding him, argues the biography, is his love of magic. Written by
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(as Mike Barrie) was credited on screen in two different ways, first as "Writer, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," and second as "Writer, Academy Awards." See more
He had the kind of personality that when the light went on, he could do it all. When the light went off, a lot of times he wanted to put the covers over his head and go to bed.
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One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
Written by Harold Arlen
and Johnny Mercer
Performed by Bette Midler See more