That’s Not All Folks: My Life in the Golden Age of Cartoons and Radio by Mel Blanc
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was AI-suggested based on something I read and a quick look over on Open Library…voilà! For a Bugs Bunny nut, this was a wonderful read. Charming, candid, accessible…Blanc was an icon.
He talks about his early life, the years breaking into the voice acting business, and the shrewdness of his self-marketing. Lots of behind the scenes stories. Lots of insight (“The real challenge for any animated-film sound-effects man wasn’t to simulate realism but to defy it.”)
He had access to quite a number of people in Hollywood, radio and television, and they loved him for what he did. And he has a great sense of humor – nearly dying from a head-on collision only made it better. One story he tells about Marilyn Monroe:
An amusing anecdote about Marilyn, whom I met for the first time at an awards dinner. It goes without saying that she was stunning; I don’t think there was a pair of male eyes not glued to her as she moved through the banquet hall. The two of us were standing around chatting – she in breathy bursts, just like in her films – when a man interrupted us, steering her away by the elbow. “I want you to sit at my table and meet someone,” he said. It seemed more like an order than a request.
“I can’t,” she squealed.
“Why the hell not?”
“Because,” she said, glaring at him, “I can’t sit down. I’m sewn into this dress.”
And there were other sides not generally known… He loved cars, but he also collected timepieces. One was a 1510 piece that he got at a great price from a guy in need of cash, only to find out later how valuable it was. and half a lifetime later, he had collected more than four hundred (including one of Bugs, and even one of himself!)
Great story. Note: on the Open Library PDF scan, the last page is missing.
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