The New York Times bestselling biography of John Wayne: aauthoritative and enormously engagingabEyman takes you through Wayneas life, his death, and his legend in a detailed, remarkably knowledgeable yet extremely readable waya (Peter Bogdanovich, The New York Times Book Review). John Wayne died more than thirty years ago, but he remains one of todayas five favorite movie stars. The celebrated Hollywood icon comes fully to life in this complex portrait by noted film historian and master biographer Scott Eyman. Exploring Wayneas early life with a difficult mother and a feckless father, aEyman gets at the details that the bean-counters and myth-spinners missabWayneas intimates have told things here that theyave never told anyone elsea (Los Angeles Times). Eyman makes startling connections to Wayneas later days as an anti-Communist conservative, his stormy marriages to Latina women, and his notoriousaand surprisingly long-livedapassionate affair with Marlene Dietrich. He also draws on the actoras own business records and, of course, his storied film career. aWe all think we know John Wayne, in part because he seemed to be playing himself in movie after movie. Yet as Eyman carefully lays out, aJohn Waynea was an invention, a persona created layer by layer by an ambitious young actora (The Washington Post). This is the most nuanced and sympathetic portrait available of the man who became a symbol of his country at mid-century, a cultural icon and quintessential American male against whom other screen heroes are still compared.This is the most nuanced and sympathetic portrait available of the man who became a symbol of his country at mid-century, a cultural icon and quintessential American male against whom other screen heroes are still compared.
|Title||:||John Wayne: The Life and Legend|
|Publisher||:||Simon and Schuster - 2014-04-01|