By John Lahr
John Lahr’s wonderful and complicated biography of his father, the mythical actor and comic Bert Lahr
Part biography, half heritage of yank convey company, Notes on a Cowardly Lion is John Lahr’s masterwork: an all-encompassing biography of his father, the comic and performer Bert Lahr. most sensible often called the Cowardly Lion in MGM’s vintage The Wizard of Oz, Lahr used to be a consummate artist whose profession spanned burlesque, vaudeville, Broadway, and Hollywood. whereas he will be both raucous and polished in public, Lahr used to be painfully insecure and self-absorbed in inner most, maintaining his relatives at arm’s size as he quietly battled his internal demons. informed with a magnificent objectivity and prepared knowing of the construction—and destruction—of the performer, Notes on a Cowardly Lion is multiple man’s quest to appreciate his father. it's a unprecedented exam of a lifestyles at the degree.