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 Updated 9/27
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Singin' in the Rain
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15 October 2021

I saw Ron Howard and his brother Clint interviewed this week.  They have written a book, "The Boys" about their lives growing up in show biz.  "growing up" is definitely the name for it, since Ron, the oldest, has been performing since age 3. 

I was a fan of The Andy Griffith Show and we all watched Happy Days and of course loved watching Ron in the movie The Music Man.   

I have enjoyed seeing the movies that he has directed over the years. 

I never really saw Clint that much.  Looking in Wikipedia, there are very few things that I would have seen him in.  He started at age 2 on the set of Andy Griffith but was best known for his role in Gentle Ben, which I never saw.

This is such a fun book to read.  His parents were both actors, but not very successful, and how they got to Los Angeles and got Ronny in his first films was just a series of lucky coincidences.  They were not "stage parents" as we know them, but were supportive of their sons and gave them as normal a life as they could have, considering how much they were on television.

Ron's stories of his father, Rance Howard (born Harold Rance Beckenholdt -- good thing he changed his name!) are wonderful.  He treated his son as an equal, helped him with his rehearsals before he could read a script, and just everything that both brothers say about their father is wonderful.  I loved readin about when Andy Griffith cast a friend of his in a role for The Andy Griffith Show and when the friend had a nervous breakfown during filming, Ron's father stepped in and did the role.

I'm still in the part of the book where he is doing the Andy Griffith shows and the background of the show is fascinating (did you know that the actor who played Floyd the Barber had a stroke and had to be connected to a flat board to keep him erect and he was always filmed with something in his right hand, which was paralyzed!)

But the best part of this book is all the media.  When I saw the interview on TV, I knew I wanted to read the book, so ordered it on my Kindle from Amazon so I could start reading it almost immediately.  He tslks about the things that happen during the filming of the first episode, and I was able to find it on Amazon and watched it.  Then, when he goes through the stories of filming The Music Man, and how they managed to get him to sing "Gary, Indiana," when he can't sing at all, I had the movie saved on our DVR and pulled it up to the song to watch it. 

I'm sure that when I get to Happy Days memories, I will be checking those shows out as wel.

I'm not quite halfway through the 500 page book, but I'm having such fun reading it.

“This extraordinary book is not only a chronicle of Ron’s and Clint’s early careers and their wild adventures, but also a primer on so many topics—how an actor prepares, how to survive as a kid working in Hollywood, and how to be the best parents in the world! The Boys will surprise every reader with its humanity.” — Tom Hanks

"I have read dozens of Hollywood memoirs. But The Boys stands alone. A delightful, warm and fascinating story of a good life in show business.” — Malcolm Gladwell




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