Maybe it’s my age (I grew up watching the Burns & Allen Show on TV) but I was fascinated by the story he told. He described a world before the internet, television, radio, or even talking pictures. It’s difficult to imagine such a time and place. If you wanted to see an entertainer, you actually had to go SEE the entertainer. His descriptions of vaudeville and how the “system” worked were fascinating.
George and Gracie became stars in vaudeville and were able to successfully transition to each of the new entertainment formats that developed. He gives an inside peek at how the entertainment industry grew.
Then there’s the love story of George and Gracie. That’s worth the read by itself.
I’ve included a few resources of Burns & Allen available on YouTube but I would encourage you to read the book and watch some of their old TV shows.
BURNS AND ALLEN: GRACIE TELLS A STORY
GEORGE BURNS 100 YEARS OF LAUGHTER Larry King Special
GEORGE BURNS: “I WISH I WAS EIGHTEEN AGAIN”