Still Foolin’ ‘Em : Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? by Billy Crystal

Still Foolin' 'EmI am a child of the 80’s, so my first memories of Billy Crystal are of him as Miracle Max in one of my all-time favorite movies, “The Princess Bride”. So when I saw he had a new book out, Still Foolin’ em, I had to read it.

Billy Crystal has just turned 65 and is looking back on his life with grace and humor. He’s been responsible for many iconic moments of comedic history in the last several decades. The book is part memoir about his accomplished career and part musings on random, relatable topics. It is funny, charming and at times emotional.

Billy Crystal has been in the business for decades and has had a remarkably unscandalous life and career, which is rare for a celebrity these days. As he writes of his young life, “Growing up Crystal was great” and he enjoyed his loving and supportive family as a young child. Billy tells of his rise to celebrity as well as tales of being a dad and more recently the joys of grand-kids. Billy has been happily married to his wife for over 35 years and they are still going strong.

Along the way, Billy Crystal has made some lasting relationships in his showbiz career. He has a particularly touching relationship with Muhammad Ali, who lovingly calls Billy, “little brother”. Another friendship that he mentions that is more significant of late, is that with Robin Williams who he worked with on their successful Comic Relief charity fundraiser. Just a few days ago, after the sudden and tragic passing of Williams, I watched a clip of Robin Williams winning an academy award for “Good Will Hunting” at one of the Oscars that Crystal hosted. The two shared a joyous and intimate hug after Williams’s acceptance speech. I looked at that Oscars a little differently having just read Billy’s book.

I read this book but wanted to mention that the audio is narrated by Billy Crystal and that he won an “Audie” for it, which is an award that honors achievement in audiobooks. Wake County Public libraries has the downloadable audio version and I’m sure it’s “Marvelous”!

This book is a treat, filled with anecdotes that only Billy Crystal could tell, so if you are looking for a light and entertaining read (or listen), this book is for you!

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