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Written by Moe Howard's daughter, this detailed biography is bursting with photographs Curly traces the life of one wacky Stooge from birth to his final status as a cult hero.


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Written by Moe Howard's daughter, this detailed biography is bursting with photographs Curly traces the life of one wacky Stooge from birth to his final status as a cult hero.

30 review for Curly: An Illustrated Biography of the Superstooge

  1. 5 out of 5

    Reza Amiri Praramadhan

    From the Three Stooges, Curly was undoubtedly the most hilarious. With his taking things literally, for example, I laughed my spleen seeing him shaving ice, the joke being that he was a barber “shaving” the ice. With his soitenly and n’yuk-n’yuk-n’yuk, I never get bored watching him. However, this fine biography showed the other side of Curly. Dominated by his mother (who was painted almost saintly by his brother, Moe), Curly was a lonely person, on the constant look for love, drowning himself i From the Three Stooges, Curly was undoubtedly the most hilarious. With his taking things literally, for example, I laughed my spleen seeing him shaving ice, the joke being that he was a barber “shaving” the ice. With his soitenly and n’yuk-n’yuk-n’yuk, I never get bored watching him. However, this fine biography showed the other side of Curly. Dominated by his mother (who was painted almost saintly by his brother, Moe), Curly was a lonely person, on the constant look for love, drowning himself in binge eating and drinking. I can’t help but feeling sorry for him. I wonder if world’s funniest comedians are having similar troubles like Curly’s.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark Guarino

    Not much is known about this underappreciated comic actor because he died young. However, this book is mostly a scrapbook of the author, the daughter of Moe Howard. Very scant in insight, not very well written, and many irrelevant q/a's. She's also oddly focused on whether or not Curly Howard used "vulgar language" in private. She even admits in the prologue that she had only 90 days to write it. This book should have been limited to a private press strictly for his heirs. Time for a cultural hi Not much is known about this underappreciated comic actor because he died young. However, this book is mostly a scrapbook of the author, the daughter of Moe Howard. Very scant in insight, not very well written, and many irrelevant q/a's. She's also oddly focused on whether or not Curly Howard used "vulgar language" in private. She even admits in the prologue that she had only 90 days to write it. This book should have been limited to a private press strictly for his heirs. Time for a cultural historian to step up and give the Howard brothers, plus Larry Fine, their due.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sue Leinberger

    Alot of speculation, but then that's about all that can be done when the person being profiled is long dead and buried. The insider's view from within the family was very interesting. The main impression I got was that even though many people knew him, no one ever REALLY knew Curly...maybe not even the man himself.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mikul

    good. Know a lot more about the man; not just the character he played

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jose Lopez

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  6. 5 out of 5

    TNWilliams

    Interesting Read If you're a Stooges fan, this is a must read! It provides the reader with a deeper insight as to "the making of Curly."

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    Of the three Stooges biographies I've read so far, this one went into the most depth. This is perhaps due to the fact that Curly was the most complex of the Stooges, personally and in his comedic character. Certainly, his neice Joan, Moe's daughter, who also put together the pieces of Moe's unfinished autobiography, spent more time analyzing Curly and the pivotal events in his life, such as being allowed to join Ted Healy's act as a stooge with Moe and Larry, but only when Shemp left the act and Of the three Stooges biographies I've read so far, this one went into the most depth. This is perhaps due to the fact that Curly was the most complex of the Stooges, personally and in his comedic character. Certainly, his neice Joan, Moe's daughter, who also put together the pieces of Moe's unfinished autobiography, spent more time analyzing Curly and the pivotal events in his life, such as being allowed to join Ted Healy's act as a stooge with Moe and Larry, but only when Shemp left the act and needed to be replaced. (All of which confirms that Curly was "a victim of soicumstances", being required to meet a higher standard than any of the other Stooges: an eager but raw beginner, being asked to replace the experienced older brother who had been in Ted Healy's act longer than anyone else, excepting Healy himself. And even at that, he had to shave off his wavy brown hair and his dapper waxed moustache to get the job.) This doesn't necessarily make this book the most entertaining of the three biographies, but offers the tradeoff of greater insights into the family dynamics of the Horwitz/Howard brothers and their parents, as well as more information on the little-known 4 wives and 2 daughters Curly left behind. The overall effect is bittersweet, as we come to understand that Curly was playing out his own perspective on his relationship to the universe: clueless, helpless, looking for a kind of childlike fun, but often getting a lot of loneliness and abuse instead. Like all great clowns, Curly/Jerome/Jerry embodied more than a little pathos, and this book makes that abundantly clear. Despite all his blemishes, in the end, he has our sympathy, which is how we open the door to all forgiveness toward ourselves. There are lots of great pictures too, some of them familiar, but also many rarely seen behind-the-scenes looks at the Stooges and their milieu.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Drew Zagorski

    I'd grown up watching the 3 Stooges just about every day after school, and have always been a big fan. Still enjoy watching them on occasion. Of course, Curly has been my favorite (though in recent years I've really begun to appreciate Shemp as well). Have heard and read snippets about Curly throughout the years and have searched for a long time for a biography. This one is written by his niece. She provides dozens of great family photos, and that was fun to see Curly and the others outside of t I'd grown up watching the 3 Stooges just about every day after school, and have always been a big fan. Still enjoy watching them on occasion. Of course, Curly has been my favorite (though in recent years I've really begun to appreciate Shemp as well). Have heard and read snippets about Curly throughout the years and have searched for a long time for a biography. This one is written by his niece. She provides dozens of great family photos, and that was fun to see Curly and the others outside of their Stooge world. The author also provides several interviews, transcribed, with various family members. This book did provide many details about his life, but I felt it was only a cursory look, and maybe one that was colored by the family relationship the author and interviewees had with him. In the end, it only seemed to scratch the surface, and in that respect came up short for me. Still waiting for a more comprehensive biography of Curly, and/or all the Stooges.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sistermagpie

    Continuing on my Stooge education, I've moved onto Curly, or "Babe" as he was actually called. Curly seems like the most troubled of the Stooges, a guy who never quite grew up and was almost impossible to know. It would have been interesting to read an autobiography written by him, as Moe's was, but the ability to sit down long enough to write a biography is obviously not something Curly had. The end of the book enlists an analyst to try to explain the guy, and while you can't really take anythin Continuing on my Stooge education, I've moved onto Curly, or "Babe" as he was actually called. Curly seems like the most troubled of the Stooges, a guy who never quite grew up and was almost impossible to know. It would have been interesting to read an autobiography written by him, as Moe's was, but the ability to sit down long enough to write a biography is obviously not something Curly had. The end of the book enlists an analyst to try to explain the guy, and while you can't really take anything he says as true, you can understand why you'd think of doing that. Overbearing mother keeping him from growing up, series of totally inappropriate and impulsive marriages, overindulgence, irresponsibility, watched over by family all his life. Though this book, like Moe's, does make it clear that like all families this one had really interesting dynamics going on. I totally buy them as a family.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Liliana

    This story captures everything that was to the man called Curly. The research the author has done for us to get to know the man we laugh at is amazing, family members and friends of Curly really did paint the picture of what person Curly was and what he loved and did. This book is full of three stooges history and is very interesting and good for any three stooges fan who wants a glimpse of the one of best stooges ever. At the end of the book it showed what the fans perspective of Curly was and i This story captures everything that was to the man called Curly. The research the author has done for us to get to know the man we laugh at is amazing, family members and friends of Curly really did paint the picture of what person Curly was and what he loved and did. This book is full of three stooges history and is very interesting and good for any three stooges fan who wants a glimpse of the one of best stooges ever. At the end of the book it showed what the fans perspective of Curly was and it was simply beautiful and must be heartwarming for the existing Howard Family. This book is full of great stories and insights from the people who were closest to Curly. And I think it's defiantly a must read for any three stooges fan.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mkittysamom

    I love Curly! I am rating this emotionally because though Curly was a comedic genius.. He was actually quite different in real life. The best part is that besides being a Stooge...there was nothing else he could have done more perfect. The Author, Moe Howard's daughter really gave a lot of great information, and I really enjoyed the family interviews. Although..one of them was a little pointless, as no information, just a set up for the Dr's take at the end. Overall it made me smile and remember I love Curly! I am rating this emotionally because though Curly was a comedic genius.. He was actually quite different in real life. The best part is that besides being a Stooge...there was nothing else he could have done more perfect. The Author, Moe Howard's daughter really gave a lot of great information, and I really enjoyed the family interviews. Although..one of them was a little pointless, as no information, just a set up for the Dr's take at the end. Overall it made me smile and remember how much I loved the Stooges growing up in the 80's! My father and I watched them everyday before elementary school...and once a cute guy thought I was cool because I loved the Stooges! Rock on! I hope my kids will love you guys as much as I did!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    William

    OK, I must admit that I have read Moe's autobiography and now Curly's biography. Yet to come Larry's? I will draw the line at Shemp. In any case, the author --Moe's daughter -- takes advantage of many family-member recollections to reconstruct the person who was really the most talented and most tormented of the Three Stooges. A mix of decent narrative based on her research and interviews with those who knew Curly at different points in his life. A guilty pleasure for an old Stooges fan.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Team

    Wonderful I adore the Three Stooges, and I enjoyed learning more about Curly from his niece, who was obviously very fond of him. The biography is written with the utmost respect, but does not gloss over the more difficult truths. In spite of his comic genius, Curly was something of a tragic figure. I enjoy Joan's writing. She never talks down to her audience. It is as if we are joining her in her search for the mysteries of her uncle's past.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Serge Pierro

    An insightful book into the comic genius of my favorite member of The Three Stooges.... Curly! Having been written by Moe Howard's daughter, she is able to provide an intimate look at the background of Curly and The Three Stooges. Wonderful family photos are scattered throughout the book - many showing an "unknown" side to the public persona of Curly.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    Like most clowns Curly was funny on the outside but crying on the inside. This provides a great insight into the life of that lovable clown Curly. I'm glad that he finally seemed to find happiness in the end.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kman999

    A somewhat scattergun approach to the book and some atrocious pretent psychology - but, if one ignores the latter especially, there is a certain charm to the overall book and family insights give it a different feel.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kim Hines

    Very interesting...will give you a different angle from which to view the Stooges....it made me want to look at their films all over again; especially when "Curly" health started to spiral out of control--and after his strokes.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Bloyd

    Soitently. Some good history on Curly and the stooges. Truly the best stooge of them all. Nyuk nyuk woob woob woob.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Donna-Jo Webster

    Great quick read for any serious Stooges fan, complete with great vintage photos, about the real star of the act.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura B unata

    It was a great book written by Curly's niece (Moe's daughter). A very interesting psychological profile of everyone's favorite Stooge.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Lolley

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Barone

  23. 5 out of 5

    Timothy J Kelly

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vincent Schaefer

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joey

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jane

  29. 5 out of 5

    John McKinney

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michael Reed

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