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How I Got This Way [Hardcover]

Regis Philbin
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Nov. 15 2011
One of the most popular television and cultural icons ever, Regis Philbin has been entertaining television audiences for more than fifty years—as a beloved morning-show host (Live with Regis and Kelly), a nighttime game-show host (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?) and also as a fixture on national and local late-night talk shows. The irrepressible “Reege” has regaled television audiences with his stories for more than half a century, but he’s saved the most hilarious, surprising, heartfelt, and inspiring tales for How I Got This Way. Both a fascinating show business memoir and a delightful primer for living the good life rolled into one, How I Got This Way is Reege being Reege, just the way we love him, as he shares the secrets to success and happiness that he has learned from his innumerable celebrity encounters, his close, personal friendships, and, of course,  his relationship with his loving wife and family.

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Essential for all popular collections. (Library Journal)

Others have come and gone, but the breezy Philbin is still here. What you see on TV is what you get in this book. Fans will love it. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Sure, he’s an excitable guy.
Sure, he loves to complain.
But Regis Philbin loves life . . . and with the wildly unpredictable one he’s led so far, who wouldn’t? After five decades in show business—and nearly 17,000 unforgettable hours on television—he has a lifetime’s worth of stories to share.

In this entertaining memoir, the irrepressible Reege—consummate talk-show host, man-about-town, loving husband, father, and yes, obsessive sports fan—looks back at his years in show business. How I Got This Way is filled with stories of lessons learned—and elbows rubbed—with extraordinary, and often unsuspecting, teachers: David Letterman; Donald Trump; George Clooney; Howard Stern; Jack Nicholson; legendary Notre Dame coaches Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, and Lou Holtz; and, of course, longtime cohosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly “Pippa” Ripa; as well as his own lovely wife, Joy—to name just a few.

Whether he’s revealing what really drove him “bonkers” on the set of Seinfeld, how he survived the first known bomb scare on live TV, what Jack Nicholson said about his beautiful leading ladies during their guys’ night out together, or poignant memories of his last moments with his idol and dear friend, Jack Paar, Regis packs every page with his signature heart, wit, dynamic energy, and gratitude for everything life has brought him.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Regis Dec 27 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a quick read with large print but at the same time very entertaining. The pictures were very enjoyable with lots of stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Regis - not a autobiography Feb. 25 2012
This book is NOT an autobiography or memior. it is a collection of short stories about various people Regis knows or met throughout his life that had some kind of effect on him starting when he was young adult in the marines. he mostly talks about celebrities he met throughout his career. each chapter is about a certain person, usually a fun & entertaining story ending with a life lesson he either learned from that person or what he personally took away from it. He tells stories about old hollywood stars like Ronald Reagan, Cary Grant, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Don Rickles and also some other TV celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern, Donald Trump, KLG & Kelly Rippa. This book is fun and light-hearted - just like he is on TV. He doesn't really talk about anything personal either about himself or his family, so you won't learn much about him personally.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shipping was phenominal! Dec 16 2011
I think I ordered 2 of these books on November 14. According to the Regis and Kelly show, the book was going to be released on the 15th, and I had the books, in my hands on the 18th. At the time of ordering, I forgot to uncheck Express, I think it was, so cost me an extra 9 dollars, but that was just fine by me, as both books are Christmas gifts to Mother and Motherinlaw. The book I ordered previous to that, came snail mail from the UK and took about 4 or 5 weeks. Anyways, I'm happy!
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1.0 out of 5 stars never got the book Feb. 6 2012
Don't buy from anybook-ca - Amazon Marketplace paid and never got the book. Was ripped off! They said they sent it but it has never arrived.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful insiders look at many notables and a decent man's entertaining life Nov. 20 2011
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The structure for this book is cleverly focused around 30 individuals who were chronologically pivotal in Regis' life. There appears to be no ghost writer, and it reads as if one were dining out with Mr. Philbin and listening to many of his personal recollections but in more detail than you would ever get from television. The 30 individuals represent a relatively wide range of people and each "story" could be its own short story. Letterman's foreward is a perfectly irreverent snippet of amusement.

For those of you who are Regis fans, I suggest this book is an excellent way to ease yourself away from any withdrawal symptoms! It's fun to read and insightful as well. The chapter devoted to an astrologist was superfluous as anyone could have predicted failure for anyone following the multi-talented Steve Allen. I do now, however, understand why he checks his astrology predictions!

Regis' homage to Dean Martin is touching as he remains an unabashed fan of Dino. Joey Bishop, deservedly, doesn't fare so well though Regis is far kinder to that explosive sourpuss than most anyone else would be considering the way Bishop treated him. You'll also realize what a sweet guy Don Rickles is!
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How come no chapter on Gellman?? Dec 1 2011
By sd2075 - Published on
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I love Regis and miss him on Live....but I think I expected a little more from this book. There was way too much talk about sports, etc. and it was hard to keep track of where he was ie: L.A., San Diego, and what year, etc. I also thought that he would maybe talk a little more about his other children.

I was also suprised that there wasn't a chapter on his long time producer, Micheal Gellman. They have been working together for over 25 years...I think maybe even before they started working on Live (though I could be mistaken about the time line). I think he was only mentioned once and that was when he talked about the staff on Live.

I know that when he did his interview with Katie Couric, she said she had heard he was leaving the show over contract negotiations and he agreed that is exactly why he was leaving...that they didn't want to give him what he felt he maybe there are a little bit of hard feelings between the two.

O.k., I realize I'm getting away from reviewing the book, but I must say, the book was him through and was like listening to him at the desk telling his stories. I will say, it was an interesting read and I learned a few things about him I didn't know. Anyone who likes Regis will like this book...I just felt there was a little too much sports and was a little bored in some parts.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Personal Dec 1 2011
By Ellen D Woloshin - Published on
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First, I have been a fan of Regis for many years. I found this book to be more about his famous friends than his life. He skims over his first marriage and kids with one sentence. There is to much talk of Notre Dame and football than I was interested in. Many of the stories he told on his show. I thought biographies were about the person writing it and not all about his friends. I was also confused with all the switching from L.A. to New York to the midwest. As much as I like Regis, I did not enjoy the book. He is still an icon in entertainment and I would rather watch him than read his book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your cup of coffee Nov. 29 2011
By B. Wood - Published on
This book is like sitting down and having a cup of coffee with Regis. He has a distinct voice and you can hear it as you read. I'm a big fan, and was sorry to see him leave his show (although I think he was smart to go on top of his game), and it is nice for me to have this book through the time of transition.
Beyond just the joy of feeling like you're visiting with an old friend, this book is also inspirational. You find out in this book that for years, Regis was plagued by self-doubt and low self esteem, not exactly sure what he was really good at. Although he had a long career in TV and was nominally successful before finally landing his New York show and became the phenomenon we love, he had many failures and setbacks before he got there. He was in his 50s when he got the show he just left 28 years later, in his late 50s before it went national. He kept plugging away at his career, just being himself and learning from and being inspired by others, but he's definitely not one of those charmed Hollywood types. It took a lot of luck, heartbreak, and hard work to get where he is. At the end of each chapter, each of which is about one person who has touched him in life, he tells what lessons he took from that person. Some of them are actually pretty deep and some are cute.
I love a person who can tell stories about their most embarrassing moments - which he does many times in this book. It has been a fun and interesting read.
19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars charming look at Regis's life Nov. 18 2011
By leslie - Published on
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If youve enjoyed listening to Regis's unique perspective and at times impish stories you'll enjoy this look into his life.
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