From the veteran New York Times bestselling biographer comes a massive, in-depth examine some of the most enduring American icons of all time, “the Duke,” John Wayne.
As he did in his bestselling biographies of Jimmy Stewart and Clint Eastwood, acclaimed Hollywood biographer Marc Eliot digs deep underneath the parable during this revealing examine the main mythical Western movie hero of all time; the guy with the unique voice, stroll, and demeanor who was once an thought to many and an emblem of yank masculinity, energy, and patriotism.
Eliot can pay tribute to the fellow and the parable, picking out and studying the numerous fascinating contradictions that made John Wayne who he used to be: an Academy Award-winning actor linked to cowboys and infantrymen who didn’t like horses and not served in a struggle; a Republican icon who voted for Democrats Roosevelt and Truman; a white guy frequently accused of racism who married 3 Mexican other halves. listed below are tales of the flicks he made well-known in addition to quite a few buddies and mythical colleagues corresponding to John Ford, Maureen O’Hara, Natalie wooden, and Dean Martin.
A most sensible box-office draw for greater than 3 decades—starring in 142 movies from Stagecoach and True Grit, for which he received the Oscar to The Quiet Man and The eco-friendly Berets—John Wayne’s lifestyles and occupation paralleled approximately the whole 20th century, from the melancholy via international conflict II to the upheavals of the Nineteen Sixties. atmosphere his existence in the sweeping political and social differences that outlined the country, Eliot’s masterful portrait of the fellow they known as Duke is a impressive intensive examine a lifestyles and the “American Century” itself.