It’s a very select few people who get to meet their idols, let alone develop a relationship with them. However, not many people are as lucky as Steven Stoliar, author of “Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House.”
Stoliar, a lifelong fan of Groucho Marx, writes in his new book about how he got to meet the comic genius while a student at UCLA. Then, he managed to leverage that one meeting into a job working for Marx at his own house. Stoliar, so taken by his hero, eventually started coming to work on the weekends.
Stoliar spent nearly every day with Groucho Marx for the last three years of his life. He heard stories about Hollywood, met some of the biggest stars on the planet, and was exposed to the quick wit and charm of Groucho Marx more than almost anyone else in that time period.
What stories does Stoliar have to share with us about, arguably, the funniest man to ever be on screen? How did he get the chance to meet and work for his hero? What are your favorite memories of Groucho Marx, on the big screen, small screen or in Hollywood lore?
Steven Stoliar, author of “Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House,” worked with Groucho Marx during the last three years of his life
Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC and Box Office Magazine
Henry Sheehan, film critic for KPCC and henrysheehan.com