A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. Andy Kaufman never liked to call himself a comedian, so it's a testament to his skills and routines that he is nonetheless considered one of the late 20th century's most famous comedians. In fact, Kaufman's eccentric style and theatrics made him one of the most unique performers of his era, whether it was doing a song and dance routine or staying in character to the extent that nobody could tell whether he was being himself or not. To this day, Kaufman is probably best known for his staged wrestling storyline with Jerry "The King" Lawler, which included one of professional wrestling's most famous bouts, and true to form, Kaufman subsequently went on Late Night With David Letterman with a neck brace, claiming he had suffered a broken neck as a result of a piledriver. For his part, Kaufman admitted, "What's real? What's not? That's what I do in my act, test how other people deal with reality." Given his abilities and propensity for practical jokes and outright hoaxes, Kaufman became extremely popular during the last decade of his life, boosted by countless performances on television shows and as Latka Gravas on the hit show Taxi. However, he was diagnosed with a rare type of lung cancer in his mid-30s and died within a few months near the peak of his popularity, which helped cement his cult status among fans. Fittingly, many of those same fans initially assumed that reports of Kaufman's illness and death were also a hoax, even those who had seen some him look gaunt and sickly during his final performances. It was an odd but appropriate tribute to a perf 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Linsenmayer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034751/bk_acx0_034751_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sylvester Stallone (born July 6, 1946), nicknamed Sly Stallone, is an American actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, film director and occasional painter. Stallone is known for his machismo and Hollywood action roles. Two of the notable characters he has portrayed include boxer Rocky Balboa and soldier John Rambo. The Rocky and Rambo franchises, along with several other films, strengthened his reputation as an actor and his box office earnings. Stallone's film Rocky was inducted into the National Film Registry as well as having its film props placed in the Smithsonian Museum. Stallone's use of the front entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Rocky series led the area to be nicknamed the Rocky Steps. Philadelphia has a statue of his Rocky character placed permanently near the museum, on the right side before the steps. It was announced on December 7, 2010 that Stallone was voted into boxing's Hall of Fame. This book is your ultimate resource for Sylvester Stallone. Here you will find the most up-to-date information, photos, and much more. In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about his Early life, Career and Personal life right away: Sylvester Stallone filmography, The Party at Kitty and Stud's, No Place to Hide (film), Bananas (film), Klute, The Lords of Flatbush, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Capone (film), Death Race 2000, Mandingo (film), Farewell, My Lovely (1975 film), Police Story (TV series), Kojak, Cannonball (film), Rocky, F.I.S.T., Paradise Alley, Rocky II, Nighthawks (film), Escape to Victory, Rocky III, First Blood, Staying Alive, Rhinestone (film), Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rocky IV, Cobra (1986 film), Over the Top (film), Rambo III, Lock Up (film), Tango & Cash, Rocky V, Oscar (1991 film), Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Cliffhanger (film), Demolition Man (film), The Specialist, Judge Dredd (film), Assassins (1995 film), Your Studio and You, Daylight (film), The Good Life (1997 film), Men in Black (film), Cop Land, Antz, Get Carter (2000 film), Driven, Liberty's Kids, D-Tox, Avenging Angelo, Taxi 3, Shade (film), Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, Las Vegas (TV series), Rocky Balboa (film), Rambo (film), Kambakkht Ishq, The Expendables (2010 film), Zookeeper (film), Headshot (film) Contains selected content from the highest rated entries, typeset, printed and shipped, combining the advantages of up-to-date and in-depth knowledge with the convenience of printed books. A portion of the proceeds of each book will be donated to the Wikimedia Foundation to support their mission.