John Wayne

John Wayne

The Life and Legend

Book - 2014
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A revelatory biography of the enduringly popular John Wayne that draws on more than 100 interviews as well as exclusive access to the files of Wayne's film production company to answer the question why he became and remains an iconic American figure
Publisher: New York ;, Toronto, Ontario :, Simon & Schuster,, 2014.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781439199589
Characteristics: 658 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits ;,25 cm.


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Natalie Wood, who costarred in the classic Western film, THE SEARCHERS, had a tough time with the director, John Ford, all for a sunbathing incident: She told him to shit in his hat. But, she thought Wayne was a nice man, according to her husband, Robert Wagner. " On the emotional level, Jack Warner has always been an enigma; the man who could cheat his brother out of the studio and disinherit his son also had, alone among the founding generation of moguls, the capacity to continually reinvent his studio.. Mayer, Zukor, and the rest were slamming into old age and irrrelevance in the 1950s, while Jack was coming up with James Dean, Natalie Wood, James Garner, and Warren Beatty. They didn't like him any more than Errol Flynn or Bette Davis had, but Jack Warner had the knack of finding star personalities."

Dec 01, 2018

Very detailed book about John Wayne. Very in depth book about his career, family, and personality.

Oct 30, 2018

Exhaustively written by Scott Eyman - This "John Wayne" biography takes a close-up look at both the private and the public sides of said-actor's life.

Born Marion Robert Morrison in 1907 - John Wayne was a towering man (at 6'4") who became an iconic figure in Hollywood Westerns throughout the 1940s and 50s.

Jul 15, 2018

Even if you're not a big Western fan, you're still sure to enjoy reading this detailed biography of "The Duke" (aka. John Wayne, aka. Marion Robert Morrison).

Looming over everyone at a towering 6'4" - Wayne, whose acting career spanned from 1926-1976, was one of Hollywood's biggest box-office draws for 30 of those years.

When it came to being "The Duke" - The man you saw on the big-screen was, indeed, the man who you met in real life.

Out of the 143 pictures that Wayne appeared in throughout his long career, 83 were Westerns.

This book, written by Scott Eyman, also includes 24 pages of photos.

*Note* - In 1976 - John Wayne (72 at the time) died of cancer of the stomach.

Jul 13, 2016

A good read about an American film icon, keeping in mind we are only dealing with one of the top 'entertainers' of all time. Some interesting points made about Marion Morrison (aka john Wayne)

Jul 03, 2014

Great book for the John Wayne fan pretty easy read

ChristchurchLib Jun 16, 2014

"Draws on first-person interviews in a revelatory portrait that includes coverage of his early life with his difficult parents, his anti-Communist conservative beliefs and his stormy marriages." Biography and Memoir June 2014 newsletter

Jun 14, 2014

Very enjoyable reading. The last chapters dealing John Wayne's death are heartbreaking.

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