[EPUB] ✰ A Talent for Genius: The Life and Times of Oscar Levant ✶ Sam Kashner – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Oscar Levant was the Amadeus of Hollywood the Oscar Wilde of Broadway and the most wildly self destructive personality ever to become a household name An astonishingly gifted concert pianist composer Oscar Levant for Genius: Epub Ü was the Amadeus of Hollywood the Oscar Wilde of Broadway and the most wildly self destructive personality ever to become a household name An astonishingly gifted concert pianist composer film and stage presence radio A Talent Epub / and television raconteur insult wit and bestselling author Levant steered a maniacally masochistic course through seven glorious decades His death in at the age of left the entertainment community shocked largely with amazement that a Talent for Genius: PDF Ë four pack a day smoker with a history of drug abuse and mental illness had lasted as long as Levant did He made a national reputation for himself in the late 's as a brash brilliant 'expert' Talent for Genius: The Life MOBI :Ú on radio's famed uiz show 'Information Please' and as a fine concert pianist and the premier interpreter of George Gershwin's concert works He appeared in films usually as a best friend'Oscar Levant' type He played Gene Kelly's sidekick in 'An American in Paris' and a lovable hypochondriac in 'The Band Wagon ' and in the film biography 'Rhapsody in Blue ' he literally played himself Oscar Levant best friend to George Gershwin a role he knew all too well His hero worship of Gershwin stunted his confidence as a songwriter and a serious composer though one of his pop songs 'Blame It on My Youth ' has become a standard and Arnold Schoenberg Aaron Copeland and Virgil Thomson all thought Levant an immensely gifted composer Levant's addiction to Demerol following a heart attack in the early 's led to nearly a decade of drug dependency Already hobbled by complex superstitions meant to ward off the terrors of performing Levant was almost destroyed by his addictions But his intense neurosisdidn't keep him from appearing on television to talk about it His uncensored comments on 'The Jack Paar Show' and on his own local Los Angeles talk show made national news A Talent for Genius the result of exhausting research and hundreds of hours of interviews is a profoundly revelation.
- 512 pages
- A Talent for Genius: The Life and Times of Oscar Levant
- Sam Kashner
- 03 July 2016 Sam Kashner