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LARRY GELBART - BOOK SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: BEATRICE "BEA" ARTHUR - HFSID 285551

LARRY GELBART and BEA ARTHUR Gelbart's memoir, Laughing Matters, signed by him on the title page and by Arthur on a blank flyleaf Book signed: "Larry Gelbart", "Bea Arthur", 280 pages, 6¼x9½. Laughing Matters: On Writing M*A*S*H, Oh, God! Tootsie and a Few Other Funny Things, by Larry Gelbart.

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LARRY GELBART and BEA ARTHUR
Gelbart's memoir, Laughing Matters, signed by him on the title page and by Arthur on a blank flyleaf
Book signed: "Larry Gelbart", "Bea Arthur", 280 pages, 6¼x9½. Laughing Matters: On Writing M*A*S*H, Oh, God! Tootsie and a Few Other Funny Things, by Larry Gelbart. NY: Random House, 1998. Hardcover with dust jacket. Signed by Gelbart on the title page, by Arthur and another, unidentified signer ("Joel") on the flyleaf. Playwright and screenwriter LARRY GELBART (1928-2009) wrote comedy dialogue for many of the masters, including Bob Hope, Danny Thomas, Jack Paar, Red Buttons and Sid Caesar. He wrote the pilot for the TV series M*A*S*H, and won an Emmy as producer of the first four seasons (1972-1976). He wrote the screenplays for film classics Oh, God! (1977) and Tootsie (1982), gaining Oscar nominations for both. No stranger to Broadway, he co-wrote A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), and was highly critical of the subsequent film for revising his script. Gelbart could also script drama, as in the film Barbarians at the Gate (1993). Beatrice "BEA" ARTHUR (1922-2009) began doing TV comedy in 1954 (The George Gobel Show, Caesar's Hour). After a hit guest starring appearance on All on the Family in 1971, Arthur got a sitcom of her own, Maude (1972-1978), for which she won an Emmy Award and was nominated for four Golden Globes. Later the co-star of The Golden Girls (1985-1992), Arthur had made her TV debut on Kraft Television Theatre in 1951. She has also appeared on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for her performance as Vera Charles in Mame (a role she reprised in the 1975 film, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination) and stealing the show as the matchmaker in Fiddler on the Roof. Gelbart and Arthur were inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame on the same evening, December 5, 2008. Inscribed (unknown hand) inside front cover. Dust jacket worn at corners and edges. Lightly soiled. Book cover lightly worn at corners. Otherwise, fine condition.

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