John Lahr's stunning and complex biography of his father, the legendary actor and comedian Bert Lahr Part biography, part history of American show business, Notes on a Cowardly Lion is John Lahr's masterwork: an all-encompassing biography of his father, the comedian and performer Bert Lahr. Best known as the Cowardly Lion in MGM's classic The Wizard of Oz, Lahr was a consummate artist whose career spanned burlesque, vaudeville, Broadway, and Hollywood. While he could be equally raucous and polished in public, Lahr was painfully insecure and self-absorbed in private, keeping his family at arm's length as he quietly battled his inner demons. Told with an impressive objectivity and keen understanding of the construction-and destruction-of the performer, Notes on a Cowardly Lion is more than one man's quest to understand his father. It is an extraordinary examination of a life on the stage.
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January 22, 2013
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