I was Jerry Lewis’ Bodyguard for 10 Minutes!
. . . and other celebrity encounters
Author: Irv Korman
Irv Korman is an award-winning writer, theater critic, actor, lecturer and part-time magician. Join Irv as he recounts his experiences and interviews with legendary icons in the entertainment industry. This splendid memoir provides an entertaining look into a life many of us never get to take part in.
Filled with pictures and interviews, this collection shares with the reader the thoughts of many entertainment icons. Read their views, in their own words, on the subjects of acting, life, love, and politics.
Reviews/In the News:
Akron Jewish News~Book Review… By Cathi Conti Sinsabaugh, Editor, AJN
“a fascinating collection of interviews that Korman conducted with show business icons as an entertainment writer for various Northeast Ohio publications between 1978 and 2008…”
“Korman’s book gives us a fascinating glimpse–a snapshot–into the lives of entertainment legends…”
“Korman’s breezy writing style makes the book a pleasure to read, and Korman packs it full of interesting facts, photos, and revealing anecdotes about each celebrity.”
“Korman kept…“time capsule” files on each celebrity he interviewed over the years–quite an extensive collection.”
Akron Beacon Journal
The job didn’t pay anything, but at least Irv Korman can say he was Jerry Lewis’ bodyguard for 10 minutes. That story, and almost two dozen more celebrity anecdotes, are in the Fairlawn resident’s new book.
As an actor in local theater, and a theater writer for area publications like the West Side Leader and the Medina Gazette, Korman had the opportunity to talk to stars who came to the Akron-Cleveland area, most to perform at the former Carousel Dinner Theatre and at Tangier restaurant’s Sultan’s Cabaret. Most were friendly and gracious, like rugged actor Richard Egan and “Sarong Girl” Dorothy Lamour; a few were less cooperative, like comic Pat Paulsen, who didn’t want to talk about his mock presidential campaign or much of anything else.
Korman gives a biography of each celebrity and explains why he or she came to town (Robert Reed starred in Father Knows Best at Carousel; Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary appeared at the Akron Jewish Center to raise awareness of Soviet Jews denied permission to emigrate).
I Was Jerry Lewis’ Bodyguard (262 pages, softcover) costs $14.95 from http://www.irvkorman.com. Korman retired as a speech pathologist from the Akron Board of Education.