Included with the purchase of this copy of Kaye's memoir will be a supplemental 8-page booklet, “Remembering Kaye: Jim Hesselman reflects on his experience co-writing Kaye Ballard's memoir” by Jim Hesselman, exclusively for the Kaye Ballard Estate.


From burlesque to vaudeville to big bands and nightclubs, from movies to television to Broadway, Kaye Ballard has seen it all and done it all. Now she tells it all, in a gossipy, upbeat memoir filled with great anecdotes about hanging out at the Actor’s Studio with Marlon Brando...playing Greenwich Village cabarets in the 1950s...performing with Lenny Bruce at the Hungry i...doing live television in the 1950s and The Mothers-in-Law in the 1960s. Meet Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Bette Davis, Barbra Streisand, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Rogers and Hammerstein, Paul Lynde, Jimmy Durante, Bert Lahr, and practically everyone else in showbiz in the last sixty years, through the eyes and distinctive voice of the inimitable Kaye Ballard. Affectionate, amazing, and impossible to put down, How I Lost 10 Pounds in 53 Years is a wonderful tribute to a legendary trouper and her times.


“A fun read inside show biz through the eyes of Kaye in a sincere and honest story”

—Phyllis Diller


“It's a thriller book! We've all read a biography or two but I don't know one that contains a more interesting past or more poignant stories. Kaye, the photography collection is a thriller as well—wonderful to get to see old friends like Virginia Graham, Jimmy Durante and all the others......WOW!”

—Helen Gurley Brown


How I Lost 10 Pounds in 53 Years - Signed Copy

SKU: 01210307
  • Hardcover. 272 pages. First Edition (November, 2006).
    Published by Back Stage Books.

    Price does not include shipping or any applicable sales tax (for residents of CA and IN).


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