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Billy / Pamela Stephenson.

By: Stephenson, Pamela, 1951-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : HarperCollinsEntertainment, c2001Description: xii, 291 p., [24] p. of plates ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0007110456 (pbk.) :.Subject(s): Connolly, Billy, 1942- | Comedians -- Scotland -- Biography | Entertainers -- Scotland -- BiographySummary: From welding to folk singing to comedy to writing to acting, Billy Connolly has proved his versatility and sheer determination. Here, his wife Pamela gives the reader an insider's view of this talented musician, singer, TV presenter, comedian and actor.
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From welding to folk singing to comedy to writing to acting, Billy Connolly has proved his versatility and sheer determination. Here, his wife Pamela gives the reader an insider's view of this talented musician, singer, TV presenter, comedian and actor.

From welding to folk singing to comedy to writing to acting, Billy Connolly has proved his versatility and sheer determination. Here, his wife Pamela gives the reader an insider's view of this talented musician, singer, TV presenter, comedian and actor.

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Library Journal Review

In the United States, comedian/actor Billy Connolly is best known for playing the teacher in the sitcom Head of the Class. In the U.K., however, he's a superstar, and this book was a huge best seller there. While it could use a subtitle and some tweaking for the U.S. market, it remains a candid (more matter-of-fact than melodramatic), sympathetic, and insightful biography. Credit "the unlikelihood of his extraordinary life," as well as the author: Stephenson, a performer turned psychologist, is Connolly's (second) wife. Growing up in Glasgow, Billy suffered poverty, abandonment, and abuse. His worldview expanded in the shipyards and the army. As a banjo player on the folk scene, Billy discovered his gift for verbal and physical comedy and gained fame especially as a song parodist. Stephenson was the first to challenge him about his drinking which "turned him into a mean, violent, out-of-control nutter with psychotic rage" but he not only cleaned up, he and his new wife took custody of his two children from his first marriage. Billy, writes the author, doesn't appreciate "beige people," and, as a man who got his nipples pierced after he turned 50, he certainly isn't one himself. For most performing arts collections. Norman Oder, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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