Emmy Award-Winner Releases New Book on Hollywood
(Greenfield, NH (WiredPRNews.com) Lester Colodny, an Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and director is releasing a collection of his life stories on July 24th. The book is titled “A Funny Thing Happened, Life Behind the Scenes: Hollywood Hilarity and Manhattan Mayhem.” This is Colodny’s first book. Producer and director Susan Heller worked with Lester as he combed through his sixty-seven years of stories. Heller once wrote for actress Meryl Streep.
Colodny spent most of the 1960s working on such classic television series as “The Munsters,” “Get Smart,” “My Favorite Martian,” and “Beetle Bailey.” He directed Frank Sinatra in several commercials for Steve Wynn’s casino chain in the 1970s and worked with Mel Brooks when Brooks was just an office gopher, trying to work his way into the movie business. He was also a writer for “The Today Show” with original host Dave Garroway and Florence Henderson and co-wrote the play “Fun City” with Joan Rivers.
“I decided to write this book when, after all these years, I wanted the world to know what a joke God had played on me,” explained the author.
“A Funny Thing Happened” contains nearly forty photographs, including previously unreleased photos of The Beatles, and very rare images of Frank Sinatra and Dolly Parton.
Co-author Susan Heller described Lester as “The funniest man I have ever met.”
“All in the Family” and “Three’s Company” guest star Marty Brill said “Since the very inception of show business both laughter and tragedy, side by side, have been its symbol. And under the surface of every sidesplitting tale Lester tells is that ever present poignant layer of sadness. It’s a [heck] of a read!”
The eighty-four year-old Westport, Connecticut author is now a grandfather of twelve children, including former “All My Children” and current “The Young and the Restless” star Elizabeth Hendrickson. Lester has been happily married to his wife, Liz, for twenty-five years.
“I think that working with Frank Sinatra was the single most excruciatingly funny thing that ever happen to me,” said Lester. “I only hope that this book will cause lots of belly laughs for the reader.”
The book is published by SciArt Media of Greenfield, NH, which released “Weather Facts and Fun” by WMUR TV-9 meteorologist Josh Judge in 2009. “A Funny Thing Happened” will be available at bookstores throughout New England and at select stores nationwide starting July 24th, as well as on Amazon.com and at: www.afunnythinghappenedthebook.com or by calling 603-397-0053.