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Author Lyons, Jeffrey, author.

Title What a time it was! : Leonard Lyons and the golden age of New York nightlife / Jeffrey Lyons ; foreword by Rex Reed.

Edition First edition
Publication Info. New York : Abbeville Press Publishers, 2015.
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 Naper Blvd. Adult Nonfiction  974.7043 LYO    AVAILABLE
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Description 480 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary "A star-studded follow-up to Stories My Father Told Me, with hundreds of new anecdotes about celebrities from Garbo to Gore Vidal. This remarkable collection of stories, hand-picked from the archive of legendary New York Post columnist Leonard Lyons by his son, film critic Jeffrey Lyons, will transport readers back to the sparkling peak of New York City nightlife. This was the time when notables of every sort--film producers and stars, writers, politicians, comedians, athletes, and artists--gathered nightly at such famed restaurants and nightclubs as Sardi's, the Stork Club, and the Copacabana. From 1934 to 1974, Leonard Lyons was a fixture at these clubs, befriending celebrities of all stripes and gathering exclusive tidbits for his syndicated newspaper column, The Lyons Den. What a Time It Was! offers candid portraits of stars and statesmen at work and at play--especially at play--but still, effortlessly, larger than life. Illustrated with snapshots and glamour shots, it offers a unique window onto the lives of iconic figures from Ethel Barrymore and Muhammad Ali to Tennessee Williams and Jackie Kennedy, as well as their favorite haunts. Here are four decades of popular culture seen from the front row, by a man who said, 'Give me lights and sound and people, and music into the night. Late into the night!' If you thought you knew everything about Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, the Roosevelts, and some of New York's most famous nightclubs, hotels, and gin joints, guess again. No one knew these people and places better than Leonard Lyons"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Includes index.
Subject New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Anecdotes.
Nightlife -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century -- Anecdotes.
Celebrities -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography -- Anecdotes.
New York (N.Y.) -- Biography -- Anecdotes.
Lyons, Leonard, 1906-1976 -- Anecdotes.
Celebrities -- Homes and haunts -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century -- Anecdotes.
Nightclubs -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century -- Anecdotes.
Restaurants -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century -- Anecdotes.
Added Author Lyons, Leonard, 1906-1976.
Reed, Rex, author of foreword.
Added Title Leonard Lyons and the golden age of New York nightlife
ISBN 9780789212351 (hardback)
0789212358 (hardback)
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