Tim Conway’s Daughter and Elizabeth Taylor Book with Steve Dale


On Steve Dale’s Other World on WGN Radio, two books about celebrities:

Listen HERE as Kelly Conway, author My Dad is Funnier Than Your Dad, Growing Up with Tim Conway in the Funniest House in America. Kelly says, “He was a great dad,” and he was fun loving too! And she offers examples. Life was wonderful, even after her parents divorced.

However, some 30 years plus later when  Tim became ill, her step-mother transformed into an extreme a control freak, freezing out Kelly and to a lesser extent her brothers out of Tim’s life when he needed his family most. Kelly’s stepmother moved Tim to some pretty awful facilities, even arguably forcing him to suffer through a serious surgery he may not have needed (which possibly accelerated his illness).  In the process of wanting the very best possible care for her dad, Kelly explains why she ultimately wound up suing her step-mom. She and her step-mom arbitrated an agreement, which her stepmom to a great extent ignored. There are lessons learned here, which Kelly talks about.

Choosing a Tim Conway highlight is impossible – as there are so many, and most are, in part, ad-lib:

Listen HERE as Kate Andersen Brower, author of Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit and Glamour of an Icon reveals what she learned about Taylor.

We go through the play-by-play of her various husbands, mostly abusive in one way or another. Did Taylor really steal Eddie Fisher from Debbie Reynolds.? And what was it about her passionate on and office relationship with Richard Burton? And what about marrying a U.S. Senator (Sen. John Warner) and finally, her last husband, a construction worker she met at the Betty Ford Center.

Why did she devote much of her life to support AIDS Studies and co-found AmfAR? Anderson Brower explains how all that came.