Flip : The Inside Story of TV's First Black Superstar

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The first biography of the beloved entertainer who broke the prime-time color barrier
When "The Flip Wilson Show" debuted in 1970, black faces were still rare on television and black hosts nonexistent. Then came Flip to instant acclaim. His show dueled "Marcus Welby, M.D." for the top spot in the ratings. His characters and catchphrases fixed themselves in America s consciousness, and he helped launch new talent, including Richard Pryor and George Carlin. But how did Clerow Wilson, a motherless Jersey City grade-school dropout, become the celebrity heralded on the cover of "TIME" as TV s First Black Superstar ? Drawing on interviews with family, friends, and celebrities, Kevin Cook offers an inspiring salute to a self-made star who fell from grace, but not before blazing a trail for generations of entertainers to come."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 134 x 200 x 18mm | 220g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0142180750
  • 9780142180754

About Kevin Cook

Kevin Cook lives in New York City.
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"Candid and entertaining... Cook's fiercely honest biography captures the tumultuous and winning personality of the man."
Publishers Weekly
"Flip Wilson was wonderful. His material advanced the possibility of human unity and hilarity."
Lily Tomlin
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