What is the dumbest or funniest actor's biography you've ever seen?Do you ever go to used book shops? I recently had the pleasure to be in a massive used book store in a small town. Their catalogue and prices were impressive... As I wandered the aisles, I wound up spending some extra time in the Humor and Film/TV sections.
Right? Is that image not delicious? The Robin Williams Scrapbook, by Mary Ellen Moore, came out in 1979 - only 2 years after Williams started working in TV! It's a big deal when you're getting books written about you so soon, isn't it?
First, Robin Williams appeared in 1977 on NBC's The Richard Pryor Show, which only lasted 4 episodes. But Robin quickly moved on to a much more high-profile role: he played the alien Mork, who appeared in the 5th season of the hyper-popular program, Happy Days. HD's fifth season (1977-1978) was the #2 show on the air at that time.
It is an impressive achievement, to leave Julliard in '76, to get on a major series the following year, and then have your own show the year after that. I could mock Ms. Moore for choosing a fad subject, but time bore her out: Williams is still working today, he has four Oscar nominations - with a win for Good Will Hunting - two SAG awards, two Emmy awards, and more than a handful of Golden Globes.
Mork was so well-received by audiences - for premiering in a dream sequence episode, no less - that the following year (1978), Mork was already spun off into his own show, Mork & Mindy. As you might guess from the cover of this biography, M&M was a huge hit - it was the #3 show in its first season, ahead even of its progenitor, Happy Days. No wonder that book was written!
Just please click the image and read that paragraph, and then tell me whether it's supposed to be a biography of Mork, the fictional TV alien, or Robin Williams, the TV actor who portrayed Mork. I only ask because whoever wrote it didn't seem to understand the difference.
In fact, I almost wanted to buy The Robin Williams Scrapbook because of the words at the very bottom of that back cover. Something in me wanted to explore the "exciting photos" included in the book, but I have too much respect (and need) for money.