From the book jacket:
Hes one of Americas most recognizable and
acclaimed actors a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator
and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing,
during his eleven years on M*A*S*H. Now Alan Alda has written a memoir as
elegant, funny, and affecting as his greatest performances.
Yet Never Have Your Dog Stuffed
is not a memoir of show-business ups
and downs. It is a moving and funny story of a boy growing into a man who
then realizes he has only just begun to grow. It is the story of turning
points in Aldas life, events that would make him what he is if only he
could survive them.
From the moment as a boy when his dead dog is returned from the
taxidermists shop with a hideous expression on his face, and he learns that...
Beyond the Book
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...