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80

ISBN: 9781402208409

By: Jim BellowsGerald Gardner

Published: 09/01/2007

Eighty of America’s most famous 80 year olds reflect on their journeys to the big 8-0 and describe the passions that keep them young.

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Description

“Don’t be surprised, Pussycat,” said Helen Gurley Brown, still flirtatious at eighty-four, “We’re all survivors and proud of it. We want to talk about it.” And they do. Eighty of America’s most famous eighty year-olds reflect on their journeys to the big 8-0 and describe the passions that keep them young. They all have opinions about today’s world what is good about being eighty and what keeps them vital. The members of this generation have spent eighty-plus years honing the art of living and they have secrets to share. Their personal stories are truly inspirational. “My answer to growing old at any age, whether you’re growing to be twenty , or forty, or sixty or eighty, is to fall in love and stay in love.” --Ray Bradbury, 86, author “It’s interesting to me--my career has taken off now that I’m ninety-five. It’s totally taken off. I had to wait ‘til I was ninety-five to be this popular.” --Kitty Carlisle Hart, 95, singer “I say quite sincerely that this is the best time of my life.” --Hugh Hefner, 80, founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy Contributors to the book include: Mike Wallace, Helen Thomas, Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Lena Horne, Kitty Carlyle Hart, Ray Bradbury, Art Buchwald, Norman Lear, Robert Byrd, George McGovern, and Jack Valenti. Advanced Praise for 80: “Everyone from 9-90 needs this book, because save for the two or three mad people in the world, everyone wants to live & never die. The selected people in “80” have with, charm and ensusiance revealed how they have survived, with passion, compassion, humor and style. I hope Gardner and Bellows will do another one on 90 - I am in for the long run.”--Maya Angelou “80 is the new young! These inspiring stories of vibrant, active octogenarians are the best kind of tonic for warding off worries about old age.”--Tom Brokaw “Once, almost nobody was eighty. Now many of us are and more of us are going to be soon. So Gerald Gardner and Jim Bellows give us a wonderful book about being eighty and more.”--Jimmy Breslin “A joy to read and a guaranteed attitude adjustment. These people are hope! And Gerald Gardner and Jim Bellows know how to edit down their famous lives to the fearless truths.”--Gail Sheehy, author of Passages and Sex and the Seasoned Woman “Jim Bellows’ and Gerald Gardner’s 80 made me laugh, 80 made me think, and 80 actually made me look forward to reaching and to enjoying that Grand Age”--Mark Shields, syndicated columnist and PBS commentator “80 is the most heartening book on old age I've read since De Senectute (Cicero, you callow sub-octogenarians, Cicero). The 80 old folks in 80 make 80 sound so fascinating, I feel short-changed by being forced to wait until 2010 to be among their number.”--Tom Wolfe "I love this book. What a pleasure: great interviews, lovely wise people."--Ånnie Lamott, author of Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

About the Author

Gerald Gardner

Gerald Gardner is the author of numerous books on politics and film, including the bestselling series Who’s In Charge Here? Jim Bellows is the former editor of the New York Herald Tribune, the Washington Star and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, managing editor of Entertainment Tonight and creator of New York magazine. Both authors live in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Norman Lear
Helen Gurley Brown
Ben Bradlee
Carl Reiner
Helen Thomas
Norman Corwin
P.D. James
Don Hewitt
Marge Champion
Ray Bradbury
Dick Van Dyke
Studs Terkel
Mike Wallace
Budd Schulberg
Kitty Carlisle Hart
Hugh Hefner
Art Buchwald
Elain Stritch
Betty Garrett
Jack Valenti
Al Neuharth
Rhonda Fleming
Jack Germond
Liz Smith
Cy Feuer
Lena Horne
Dick Francis
Dominick Dunne
Alan Bergman
Nanette Fabray
Paul Conrad
Frank Mankiewicz
Sid Caesar
Lindy Boggs
June Wayne
Jane Russell
Mel Durslag
Jackie Cooper
Maria Tallchief
Frankie Laine
Herbert Gold
Joe Hyams
Gloria Stuart
Monty Hall
Dick Martin
Herb Klein
Ahmet Ertegun
Judith Crist
Frank Pierson
Art Modell
Stanley Sheinbaum
Ray Evans
Rise Stevens
Grant Tinker
Liz Carpenter
Ralph Young
Nina Foch
Bud Yorkin
June Havoc
Peter Marshall
Marsha Hunt
Marv Levy
Doris Lessing
A.C. Lyles
Deborah Szekley
Rabbi Leonard Beerman
Betty Warner Sheinbaum
Leonard Stern
Marjorie Fasman
Mort Lachman
Estelle Reiner
Ed Guthman
Annette Kaufman
Lennie Green
Marian McPartland
George McGovern
Lila Garrett
Bob Schiller
Hal David
Robert Byrd

Epilogue

Excerpt

If you turned eighty last year, you were born in 1926, the year Valentino died, Gertrude Ederle swam the English Channel, Billy Mitchell was court martialed, Tunney beat Dempsey, and Hirohito became e...

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Specs

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions
Length: 9 in
Width: 8 in
Weight: 31.76 oz
Page Count: 320 pages

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