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Never Have Your Dog Stuffed

And Other Things I've Learned

By Alan Alda

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed
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  • Hardcover: Sep 2005,
    240 pages.
    Paperback: Sep 2006,
    272 pages.

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Alan Alda was born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo in 1936. His Italian-American father, Robert Alda (born Alphonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D'Abruzzo), was a successful actor who ran a burlesque theatre; his mother Joan Brown, a former "Miss New York" beauty queen, suffered from schizophrenia. His parents eventually divorced; Alan has a half-brother, Anthony, twenty years his junior. The D'Abruzzos adopted the name Alda by combining the first two letters of Alphonso and D'Abruzzo.

He contracted polio when he was seven years old, which left him bedridden for two years. He graduated from Fordham University in 1956, and joined the US Army Reserve, serving a six-month tour of duty in Korea (3-years after the cease-fire). Shortly after, he married Arlene Weiss (Arlene Alda is well known in her own right as a photographer, children's book author and musician). They have three daughters, Eve, Elizabeth and Beatrice, and seven grandchildren. ...

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