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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bill Zehme  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1958 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Zehme is a Chicago native and still resides there today. He graduated from Loyola University.

Biographical and Professional Information

A recipient of the prestigious ASME Award for Profile Writing, Zehme's has been a longtime writer for ''Esquire'' and his work has appeared in ''Rolling Stone'', ''Playboy'', and ''Vanity Fair'', as well as in his collection ''Intimate Strangers: Comic Profiles and Indiscretions of the Very Famous''.Zehme is also celebrated for his observations of American pop culture. From Andy Kaufman to Frank Sinatra, he has profiled some of the most interesting icons of the entertainment world.

Published Works

  • The Bob Book, Dell, 1991 - written with David Rensin
  • The Rolling Stone Book of Comedy, Bulfinch Press, 1991
  • I`m Only One Man, Hyperion, 1995 - written with Regis Philbin
  • Leading With My Chin, Harper Collins, 1996 - written with Jay Leno
  • The Way You Wear Your Hat, Frank Sinatra and the Lost Art of Livin`, Harper Collins, 1997
  • Lost in the Funhouse, The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman, Delacorte Press, 1999
  • Who Wants to Be Me, Hyperion, 2000 - written with Regis Philbin
  • Intimate Strangers: Comic Profiles and Indiscretions of the Very Famous, Delta 2006
  • Carson the Magnificent, Random House, 2007
  • Hef's Little Black Book, HarperCollins, 2010 - written with Hugh Hefner

Selected Titles At Your Library

The Bob book :
ISBN: 0440503124. OCLC Number:

Dell Pub.,. New York, N.Y. :. ©1991.

The Rolling stone book of comedy /
ISBN: 0821218484. OCLC Number:

Little, Brown,. Boston :. ©1991.

I'm only one man! /
ISBN: 078688911X. OCLC Number:

Hyperion,. New York :. ©1995.

Leading with my chin /
ISBN: 0060186941. OCLC Number:

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Long before he became the host of the tonight show, Jay Leno was dubbed by the media and his peers alike as the "Hardest-working Man in Show Business." Performing comedy at a breakneck pace, he played more than 300 dates a year and traveled to every corner of the nation. Or as his mother who never quite understood what he did for a living, liked to say, "Going from town to town, putting on his little skits."

The way you wear your hat :
ISBN: 0060931752. OCLC Number:

HarperPerennial,. New York :. 1999.

Lost in the funhouse :
ISBN: 0385333722. OCLC Number:

Delta Trade Paperbacks,. New York, N.Y. :. 2001.

Who wants to be me? /
ISBN: 0786867396. OCLC Number:

Hyperion,. New York :. ©2000.

If you think you know the Regis Philbin who famously asks contestants "Is that your final answer?" then prepare to meet the irrepressible spirit that beats beneath those reserved monochromatic suits.

Intimate strangers :
ISBN: 0385333749. OCLC Number:

Delta Trade Paperbacks,. New York :. 2002.

"Over twenty-five landmark profiles, including Frank Sinatra, Tom Hanks, Jerry Seinfeld, Liberace, Howard Stern, Eddie Murphy, and Woody Allen"--Backcover. Also includes profiles of Sharon Stone, Hugh Hefner, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Warren Beatty, Barry Manilow, Johnny Carson, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Albert Brooks, the Simpsons (Bart, Homer, Madge and Lisa), David Copperfield, Regis Philbin, Howard Stern, and Geraldo Rivera.

Carson The Magnificent.
ISBN: 1400064724. OCLC Number:

Random House Inc. . 2005.

Hef's little black book /
ISBN: 006218430X. OCLC Number:

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ASME Award for Profile Writing

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