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In the Company of Legends: Dick Cavett, Joan Kramer and David Heeley


Dick Cavett, Joan Kramer and David Heeley
Dick Cavett, Joan Kramer and David Heeley

On June 4, the Mid-Manhattan Library had the immense pleasure of hosting a program led by the great Dick Cavett of The Dick Cavett Show.

The program was based on the newly published book In the Company of Legends written by Joan Kramer and David Heeley.

During their careers in television production Kramer and Heeley met and befriended many Hollywood legends. Having booked numerous guests for The Dick Cavett Show Kramer and Heeley recollected with Cavett some of their most memorable conversations with luminaries of stage and television.

The humorous, witty Dick Cavett hosted the very entertaining and enlightening evening.

On his wildly successful The Dick Cavett Show, Cavett interviewed the most famous personalities of the time—Richard Burton, John Lennon, Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Orson Welles, Groucho Marx, Carol Burnett, Jerry Lewis, Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock to name a very few.

His show ran on ABC from 1968 to 1975 and on public television from 1977 to 1982. Cavett was famous for being able to attract guests who were not normally willing to appear on talk shows—such as Katherine Hepburn, Laurence Olivier, and Marlon Brando.

This wasn’t the first time Cavett hosted a program at NYPL—he interviewed author George Saunders at a LIVE at the NYPL event on February 26, 2013. Watch the interview now.

Cavett published just last year an autobiography titled Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks. The New York Public Library holds both print and ebook copies of his book, and it continues to be a very popular title.

A BIG THANK YOU to Mr. Dick Cavett, Ms. Joan Kramer and Mr. David Heeley.

February 26, 2013

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