Monty Python star John Cleese to publish memoirs
MONTY Python star John Cleese has signed a deal to publish his first memoir, 50 years after launching his entertainment career.
The Weston-super-Mare-born comedian has struck a deal with publisher Random House for his autobiography.
The publisher said the book "like the man himself, promises to be both hilariously frank and frankly hilarious".
Mr Cleese, 72, attended Clifton College as a child and found his first success in the early 1960s as a TV comedy scriptwriter – after making a name for himself with the Cambridge Footlights – before appearing on The Frost Report and founding the Monty Python's Flying Circus team.
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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, first as R and then as Q.
His book deal comes in the wake of a stand-up tour, known as the Alimony Tour, which followed the costly collapse of his third marriage to Alice Faye Eichelberger and subsequent divorce in 2008.
He recently married for the fourth time, to 41-year-old jewellery designer Jennifer Wade, of Bath.
Mr Cleese said of the book: "It's the perfect moment to look back on my life in anticipation of the next 50 years."
No date has been announced for the book's publication.