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|Seems Like a Nice Boy: The story of Larry Grayson's rise to stardom
Lord Michael Grade CBE
Brief Description: The name Larry Grayson will be instantly recognisable to anyone who can remember the 1970s when his catchphrase ‘Shut That Door’ was on everybody’s lips. However, Larry’s rise to fame was slow in coming, born of years of perfecting his craft in clubs and theatres across the country.
This biography details Larry’s early life, how he was handed over as a baby to a miner's family in mysterious circumstances and brought up by his beloved foster sister, Flo, who was to become his lifelong companion. As a boy, encouraged by Flo, Larry would perform comedy routines for his school chums, standing on a tin bath in a wash-house yard, and he took his first steps into showbiz as a teenager with a local concert party.
Seems Like a Nice Boy describes how, after a long career, Larry was eventually spotted by a top agent and set on the road to stardom, not only on stage but on television. Larry went on to host The Generation Game, attracting weekly audiences of around twenty million viewers and bringing Larry the kind of fame that he had always dreamed of.
This fascinating book reveals how Larry Grayson’s determination to succeed turned him into one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers. This is a must-have read for Larry Grayson fans and anyone who enjoys classic comedy from a bygone age.
About the Author:
Mike Malyon is a great nephew of William Sully White, better known as 1970s’ comedian and TV presenter, Larry Grayson.
Mike first saw his uncle performing on stage around the local clubs under the name of Billy Breen. Mike then followed and shared the camp comic’s dramatic rise to stardom, when Larry topped the bill at the London Palladium, headlined sell-out shows throughout the UK, appeared on This Is Your Life and eventually hosted the chart-topping TV programme The Generation Game.
Larry was adored by millions but the person who knew him best was his foster sister, friend and companion, Flo. Mike was close to both his uncle and aunt and inherited all their personal photographs, scrapbooks and memorabilia. He has also taken on the role of preserving the memory of a man whose ambition, from an early age, was to be an entertainer and who spent his life desperately seeking attention.
Mike is a retired journalist who lives in the Nuneaton area.