by Darryl Lyman
Featuring over 100 portraits and 200 thumbnail sketches, Great Jews in Entertainment is a glorious celebration of talented Jews in the performing arts. Darryl Lyman, the book's author, salutes outstanding actors, singers, comedians and musicians whose contributions to the world of entertainment have been truly extraordinary. The book pays tribute to such charismatic personalities as: Billy Crystal, that "MAHvelous" comedic actor whose hilarious yet poignant impressions and gentle style have endeared him to fans of all ages; Bette Midler, the self-styled Divine Miss M; Jerry Seinfeld, who, after many lean years as a stand-up comic went on to create and star in his own highly successful situation comedy "about nothing"; Barbra Streisand, a Brooklynite who landed the role of Fanny Brice in the Broadway musical Funny Girl and soared to stardom virtually overnight; and Bob Dylan, the "on-the-edge" singer/songwriter who sparked the creation of a new musical genre called folk rock.
From such legendary film and television stars as Luther Adler, Lauren Bacall, Morris Carnovsky, Lee J. Cobb and Zero Mostel, to such "hot" contemporary celebrities as Natalie Portman, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Lisa Kudrow, this delightful volume informs and entertains as it applauds the work of Jewish artists who have given us countless hours of pleasure.