May 8, 2014 — Many people considered Sammy Davis Junior the greatest entertainer of his era. His daughter Tracey Davis shares stories from her book Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey with My Father.
Mar 27, 2013 — Maya Angelou spent much of her childhood being raised by her grandmother in Arkansas, but as a young teenager, she returned to live with her mother, Vivian Baxter. Angelou's Mom & Me & Mom looks back on the long process of reconciliation with the woman who sent her away.
Mar 27, 2013 — Debbie Reynolds has been a movie star for more than 60 years. Her new memoir, Unsinkable, looks back on her decades in the business, her family and her children — and a naughty story or two about drunken Hollywood greats.
Jul 26, 2011 — NPR coverage of Love, Lucy by Lucille Ball. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Mar 23, 2011 — Before each taping of The Carol Burnett Show, the comedy queen stood on stage for a Q&A session with the audience. Burnett shares her favorite pre-show chats — and tales from her long career in show-biz — in her book This Time Together.
Mar 23, 2011 — Jennifer Egan paints an inventive portrait of a record executive and his employee, while Anna Quindlen plumbs the life of a suburban mother. Mitch Albom tells the story of two clergymen, Carol Burnett remembers her TV variety show, and Marion Meade looks at the wacky life of writer Nathanael West.
Nov 9, 2010 — Dick Cavett didn't do interviews — he held conversations. And in the 1960s and '70s, he held conversations with the likes of Katharine Hepburn, John Lennon, Richard Nixon and Groucho Marx. Cavett reflects on his long television career in his new book, Talk Show.
Jun 15, 2009 — Think women aren't funny? Lynn Harris recommends three books by famous funny ladies Dolly Parton, Lucille Ball and Carrie Fisher that will force you to think again.
Jan 1, 2009 — The comedian, actor and author Steve Martin looks back on his life as a stand-up comic and talks about how he put some distance between himself and the person he used to be.
Oct 22, 2008 — He went from performing in an empty San Francisco coffee house to hosting the Oscars. In his memoir Born Standing Up, out now in paperback, comedian Steve Martin talks about his early days as a stand-up comic — and why he quit.