Black and Blue: The Redd Foxx Story by Michael Seth Starr

By Michael Seth Starr

(Applause Books). Black and Blue: The Redd Foxx tale tells the outstanding tale of Foxx, a veteran comic and "overnight sensation" on the age of forty nine whose formative years used to be outlined via adversity and his put up- Sanford and Son years through a blur of girls, cocaine, unending complaints, monetary chaos, and a wasting conflict with the IRS. Foxx's frank, trailblazing sort because the "King of the get together files" opened the door for a new release of African-American comedians together with Dick Gregory, invoice Cosby, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, and Chris Rock. Foxx took the rustic through typhoon in January 1972 as crotchety, bow-legged Watts junk broker Fred Sanford in Sanford and Son , some of the most liked sitcoms in tv historical past. Fred's histrionic "heart assaults" ("It's the massive one, Elizabeth! i am comin' to affix ya, honey!") and catchphrases ("You colossal dummy!") became Fred Sanford right into a cultural icon and Redd Foxx right into a millionaire. Sanford and Son took Foxx to the top of tv luck yet might additionally turn out to be his downfall. Interviews with buddies, confidantes, and co-workers offer a different perception into this beneficiant, brash, weak performer a guy who Norman Lear defined as "inherently, innately humorous in all the pieces of his being."

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