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John Cleese finally set to tell all in autobiography

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: October 05, 2012

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Monty Python star John Cleese has signed a deal to publish his first memoir, half a century after launching his entertainment career.

The 72-year-old West-born star, who recently married for the fourth time, has struck a deal with Random House for his autobiography.

The publisher said the book “like the man himself, promises to be both hilariously frank and frankly hilarious”.

We today dip into the archive to give a small taste of what fans can expect to read about.

Cleese – who grew up in Weston-super-Mare and was educated at Clifton College, in Bristol – found his first success in the early 1960s as a TV comedy scriptwriter.

He had earlier made a name for himself with the Cambridge Footlights – before appearing on The Frost Report and founding the legendary Monty Python’s Flying Circus team.

Hollywood success followed later with his lead role in A Fish Called Wanda, and he also had a two-movie stint in the James Bond movies.

His book deal comes in the wake of a stand-up tour, known as the Alimony Tour.

Cleese said of the book: “It’s the perfect moment to look back on my life in anticipation of the next 50 years.”

Susan Sandon, managing director of Random imprint Cornerstone, said: “Comedy legends’ autobiographies really don’t come much bigger than John Cleese’s.”

The date of publication has not yet been announced.

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