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Kirk Davidson

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  • Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Steve Stoliar
    • Narrated By Steve Stoliar
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    Raised Eyebrows is the bittersweet story of the last years in the life of Groucho Marx, told by a young Marx Brothers fan who was fortunate enough to work for Groucho as his personal secretary and archivist, right inside Marx's Beverly Hills home. In addition to getting to know his hero, the author was able to spend quality time with Zeppo, Gummo, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, SJ Perelman, Steve Allen, and scores of other luminaries of stage, screen, TV and literature.

    james says: "Great insider's view of celebrity lifestyle"
    "Steve Stollar is an excellent voice actor as well"
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    If you could sum up Raised Eyebrows in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, sad,true.


    What other book might you compare Raised Eyebrows to and why?

    Very hard to compare this to other books of this type as most celebrity "tell alls" are from the point of view of "another celebrity." I was Steve's age at the time Steve went into the rabbit hole of Groucho's life. And while Steve, like any young fan of Groucho was smitten with the man's charm and talent, after a time Steven was able to see, quite clearly, the sad side of this man's life and talk to us(the fans) as one of us.


    Which character – as performed by Steve Stoliar – was your favorite?

    There is a moment in the middle of the book where Steve, as Groucho, sings an old song (one of Groucho's favorites) Father's day. this is really a silly song -but Groucho does it in such a sad, honest melancholy manner, that moment in many ways summed up for me the silliness and the sadness of the great man's final years.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    the book, in many wyas, becomes something of a horror story towards the end as we reach the final descent of Erin Fleming (Grocho's keeper of sorts) into her narcissistic neurosis-many parts of the story are funny but this is a very honest, and very sad portrayal of a great man at the end of his years coupled with the manipulations of many fighting over the Groucho legacy (and his money).


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book many years ago, and picked this version on a whim just to "hear it." I'm glad I did. Steve has expanded his story in a very meaningful way, but his voice acting (as many celebrities not just Groucho) was quite mesmerizing for me. It certainly brought back the era of Grouchomania that I remember as a fan and as much as I wanted to meet the great man in my youth,, I feel through this book, I really did. The book and the performance are that good.

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