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Aloha, Hollywood! Eddie Sherman, the 40-year veteran columnist for The Honolulu Advertiser and MidWeek, has some stories to tell!

Frank, Sammy, Marlon & Me. Adventures in Paradise with the Celebrity Set.

Frank, Sammy, Marlon & Me. by Eddie Sherman. Published December 15, 2006 by Watermark Publishing.

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Frank, Sammy, Marlon & Me: Adventures In Paradise With The Celebrity Set. Author: Eddie Sherman. Binding: Hardcover Toni Finney Videos & Images.

Written by longtime showbiz columnist Eddie Sherman, Frank, Sammy, Marlon & Me: Adventures in Paradise with the Celebrity Set is a unique memoir of hobnobbing in Hawaii with the celebrity scene.

Midler, Muhammad Ali, and many more. Frank, Sammy, Marlon & Me.

Adventures in Paradise with the Celebrity Set What happened the day Frank Sinatra almost drowned in the Hawaiian surf? Why did Burgess Meredith stage a fake brawl in a Waikiki nightclub? Was Jack Lord really fired from Hawaii Five-0? Eddie Sherman knows — and tells all, in this fascinating peek behind Hawaiis celebrity scene. For more than 40 years, Sherman covered the showbiz beat in the finest three-dot tradition of Walter Winchell. (Yes, hes here too...) Hobnobbing with Elvis. Painting the town with Brando. Sparring with Muhammad Ali. Schmoozing with the stars, from Lenny Bruce to Bette Midler to Sammy Davis, Jr. The central figure in this wonderful supporting cast was Hawaii itself, the Pacific playground where big-name actors, singers and athletes came to escape the spotlight. Well-removed from Hollywood or Las Vegas, the stars could hit the beach and let their hair down, without the screaming crowds, autograph hunters or pesky paparazzi. Eddie Sherman was their welcoming committee and much more — interviewer, tour guide, confidant, friend. In Frank, Sammy, Marlon & Me, Hawaiis premier columnist and raconteur tells this inside story in his own words — of adventures in paradise with the celebrity set.

Excellent book about the experiences Eddie Sherman had with famous people who visited Hawaii. Highly recommend it.
I liked it. Learned some new stuff about Frank, Sammy, and Eddie Sherman. Didn't like what he had to say about Jack Lord. Who I liked. The rest of the book is find.
This book was okay, but I guess I was expecting more. For me personally, there was too much information about some people and not enough about others I find interesting.
Reviewed by Terry South for Reader Views (2/07)

"Frank, Sammy, Marlon & Me: Adventures in Paradise with the Celebrity Set" is emotional, uplifting and a good read.

This book, in my opinion, had no faults. I think the concept and the writing as a whole can have no blemish thrown its way. The book delivers Eddie Sherman's tell-all, behind the scene about schmoozing with some of Hollywood's biggest stars in Hawaii, which he calls their playground. The book is intended for the general audience; there are some uses of language which may not be appropriate for young readers.

The story is written through the eyes of the author, beginning at age 6. The first couple of chapters pulls at your heartstrings and will bring a tear to your eye. It all begins when Eddie's mother Bessie is struggling to raise her son alone. She had divorced Eddie's father and became a single mother all before any of this was acceptable. Eddie was placed into an orphanage in 1929. This was a difficult decision, however, Eddie would be provided with a place to sleep and food to eat. The orphanage closed when he was 13 and he was then placed into foster care. This takes place during the depression and foster parents took children in for monetary reasons. Eddie is placed with a family "The Green's" and their children take priority over Eddie, where he is forced to wait for bathroom privileges, then he is faced with the decision of eating breakfast or using the bathroom. After a while he develops a weak bladder and begins to wet the bed. The foster mom is furious and punishes Eddie by using a dog strap and/or an iron poker. He recalls his teacher at that time, Marjorie Ellis, and describes her as the most beautiful person in the world, as she came to Eddie's aid and saved him. Eddie would then go on to be placed into a total of four foster homes. Eddie never forgot Marjorie and once he became a successful columnist in Hawaii he arranged for her to visit. He provided her airfare and a two-week stay at the Kahala Hilton. Marjorie's favorite actor was Richard Boone with whom Eddie was good friends, so he arranged an evening filled with a dinner and a show with her surprise date being none other than Richard Boone.

The story progresses through the years; Eddie describes his trouble with his shoulder from fighting. He had been fighting since being introduced to it in the early days of being in the orphanage. The shoulder was repaired surgically and Eddie joined the Coast Guard. While in boot camp, he re-injured his shoulder and received a medical discharged. He returned to Boston and had no job so he applied to the Boston Navy Yard as a sheet metal helper and was accepted, but not to work in Boston but Pearl Harbor. While in Hawaii, he tells of his experiences, including applying as a radio announcer where he was rejected due to his Boston accent. He then went onto study radio and speech and would eventually reapply and retain the position. Then years later he goes onto become a premier columnist and then the big adventure begins.

This is where the story takes off and progress throughout the years and is filled with interesting and eccentric entertainment figures that are so ideally suited to the unfolding of the memoirs. The author tells all in this behind-the-scenes look. There are approximately 45 celebrities that Eddie covers, along with rare, never before seen photos of celebrities including Red Skelton, Marlon Brando, and Sammy Davis, Jr. all from his private collection. The author's memoirs are what he calls the greatest moments in his life and he attributes this book not to the celebrities but to Hawaii.

Eddie Sherman is donating all of his royalties to the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. So you are getting a fascinating memoir as well as supporting a good cause.

"Frank, Sammy, Marlon & Me: Adventures in Paradise with the Celebrity Set" is a highly enjoyable and greatly recommended read.

Received book free of charge.
This is a collection of charming stories of Honolulu, most from the early days of statehood when the post war entertainment industry was exploding. Many of its biggest stars enjoyed R & R or low-pressure venues in Honolulu and became instrumental in promoting Hawaii as a vacation paradise. Through his newspaper work, Eddie Sherman met many of these celebrities. He shares his experiences with them in this book.

He revives the memory of Arthur Godfrey, who may have been the first one to spread Aloha though entertainment. Many of the younger celebrities he profiles are gone too, and so is the era. Now the press and celebrities seem to be adversaries or strange bedfellows... not friends. And good friends with celebrities, Sherman was. Brando takes a room in his building and visits his mother. Sherman visits Richard Boone for coffee. Henry Kaiser rescues his pet. Sherman drives around with Sammy Davis and mentors Bette Midler and Tommy Sands.

One interesting contrast is that of Elvis and Bob Hope. It's a little known fact that Elvis and "The Colonel" raised a giant share of the funds for the Arizona Memorial. At this time when some fundamentalist ministers are burning his records, Elvis is building an enduring monument for the nation. It's worth noting that his entertainment legacy has lasted considerably longer than Hope's.

Sherman shares some of his personal life and travel. His straightforward style conveys his love for Hawaii and the life of the island of Oahu.
Eddie Sherman was a real newspaperman, even if, he says, most of the people in the Honolulu Advertiser newsroom didn't seem to want to acknowledge him as one of them. As a three-dot gossip columnist who never had to cover a one-alarm fire, he didn't fit in.

One way you tell a real newspaperman is that he calls 'em the way he sees 'em. In this mostly lighthearted memoir, he does that. Though never meanspirited, he lets us know that there were some celebrities he thought were wonderful people (Bette Midler), some he liked but who could be hard to take at times (Jack Lord) and some he had little use for (Bob Hope).

Now I wish he'd write a whole book about his mother, Bessie. She appears now and then in "Frank, Sammy, Marlon & Me," and she upstages the big stars.

Times were hard for Bessie and she had to put Eddie in an orphanage. But they got better, in improbable fashion. Not rags to riches for Sherman, but rags to a rich life.

The book is worth reading for the story of Larry Mehau and the pony, all by itself.