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June 06, 1986 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-06-06

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Friday, June 6, 1986

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Sid Caesar: New lease on life.

Sid Caesar didn't need a
Brutus to stick a knife into his
life's plans. This Caesar already
had booze and pills to do the
trick.

The Sid Caesar whose "Your
Show of Shows" and "Caesar's
Hour" were such successes dur-
ing the 50s had become, by the
end of that decade, a sordid
show himself, his life fizzing out
with each new bottle he popped
open. The comedian with the
sourpuss had soured on life.
It wasn't until 1978, at an in-
termission break during a prod-
uction of "Last of the Red Hot
Lovers," that Caesar posed him-'
self the ultimate question, "Sid,
do you want to live or do you
want to die?"

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He opted for life. Audiences
today can attest to the new, re-
juvenated comedian. In fact, ac-
tivity seems to be Caesar's favo-
rite upper these days. In the
past year alone, he has been in-
ducted into the Television
Academy Hall of Fame; starred
in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame"
special, "Love Is Never Silent";
played an amazing magician in
an "Amazing Stories" segment
for television; appeared in the
landmark "Alice in Wonder-
land," also on TV; and sorted
through some 450 hours of
material to come up with a syn-
dicated rendition of "The Best of
Your Show of Shows."
Exercising his option on life
led Caesar to exercise as a way
of life. "Sid Caesar's Shape Up!"

is a video "geared to guys over
40" that features the comedian
strong-arming his way to good
health. "Youth is wasted on the
young except if you're in shape,"
he says.
At 63, Caesar is trim and fit
— he does exercises six days a
week. In the process, he has dis-
covered the buddy system. "I am
my own best friend," he says.

"You know, Descartes said, 'I
think, therefore I am,' Well, my
idea is 'I am what I think I am.'
Self-esteem is so important,"
says Caesar. "I now feel that I
don't have to prove myself every
second. I can let myself relax. If
you can't find an hour for your-
self everyday, then you're being
stingy."
Caesar is not stingy with
praise. He credits Florence, his
wife of 44 years, with helping
him come back from the living
dead. "I owe a lot to her," he
says. "Nobody does it by him-
self."
There was a time when that
was not true for Caesar. In the
1962 show Little Me, Caesar
played seven roles.
It was a magnificent manic
performance, but the talented
Caesar still was not satisfied.
Despite the applause and ac-
colades for his performance,
Caesar was jealous of Sven
Svenson, the dancer who per-
formed a sexy solo, "I've Got
Your Number." Caesar was by
then accustomed to doing num-
bers on himself.
But that wouldn't surprise

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