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My Double Life: Sexty Yeers of Farquharson Around with Don Harn [Hardcover]

Don Harron
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Nov. 17 2012

After 15 books about somebody else (mostly alter ego Charlie Farquharson) plus one book by his drag-queen character, Charlie's rich city cousin Valerie Rosedale, Don Harron now presents the story of his 77-year stint in the entertainment business.

The actor's colourful career includes such highlights as making money in 1935 as a 10-year-old cartoonist doing mother-and-son banquets; winning an ACTRA Award as best radio host for Morningside; six stage shows on Broadway, three in London's West End, and 10 years of Shakespeare in three countries; a Gemini Award for lifetime achievement; writing the lyrics for five musicals, including Anne of Green Gables; and being appointed to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Honours due to his appearances on Hee Haw.

Whether playing a serious stage role or hamming it up as Charlie Farquharson, Harron is always insightful and provides a unique perspective on a long life in the entertainment business.

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My Double Life is Don Harron's insightful, unique story of 77 years in the entertainment business.


From having worked with Don Harron as his director at different times through the fifties and sixties, I can confirm he is the funniest – but more important – the most professional of artists.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 4 2014
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Interesting but too much about Don Haron and his early life in showbiz, not enough Charlie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fills in the Gaps March 29 2014
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An interesting read that fills in the enormous information void regarding Charlie Farquharson. As a more recent Parry Sound resident I was aware that the town was once well known as the 'hometown' of the country philosopher Charlie. I had even seen Charlie from time-to-time on television over the years and enjoyed his shtick. But that was pretty much it.

This book tells the story of Charlie and his creator Don Harron. It proves that as my high school football coach told us, "if you work hard enough, and long enough, you may need some success". Charlie is far from a fluque but rather the product of years of hard work and networking by a serious performer and playwright.

Perhaps the most enjoyable part of the book was the name dropping. I never realized how many successful performers had worked their way up from the bottom.

It's a shame that Parry Sound has never embraced Charlie Farquharson. His social insights are much richer than what passes for wisdom these days.
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