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  • Author:
    Ronald L. Davis
  • ISBN:
    0806130156
  • ISBN13:
    978-0806130156
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  • Publisher:
    Univ of Oklahoma Pr (March 1, 1998)
  • Pages:
    377 pages
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    Arts & Literature
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In this illuminating biography, Ronald L. Davis focuses on Wayne’s human side, portraying a complex personality defined by frailty and insecurity as well as by courage and strength. Davis traces Wayne’s story from its beginnings in Winterset, Iowa, to his death in 1979

In this illuminating biography, Ronald L. Davis traces Wayne’s story from its beginnings in Winterset, Iowa, to his death in 1979. This is not a story of instant fame: only after a decade in budget westerns did Wayne receive serious consideration, for his performance in John Ford’s 1939 film Stagecoach. From that point on, his skills and popularity grew as he appeared in such classics as Fort Apache, Red River, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Quiet Man, The.

Ronald L. Davis is Emeritus Professor of History at Southern Methodist University, where he was Director of. . Davis is Emeritus Professor of History at Southern Methodist University, where he was Director of both the Oral History Program on the Performing Arts and the De Golyer Institute for American Studies. He has written many books in the performing arts in America, including the best-seller Hollywood Anecdotes. This books does a nice job covering the life of John Wayne, but as the his 1st family did not cooperate, plus others in his inner circle also did not join in, it leaves many things out. However, he has picked through the pieces and come up with a entertaining book. Where I had problems is that it is filled with errors.

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Davis shows Wayne as actor, friend, husband, and father. Driven by a fierce work ethic, Wayne forged his own realistic acting style and bold screen image. The veteran cowboys and stunt men who worked on both his potboilers and major westerns routinely played cards with Duke and respected him as an unpretentious star, a rare tribute from men with a keen eye for booted clay feet. Although Wayne’s three marriages ended in divorce, he remained a devoted father to his five children. World War II was traumatic for Wayne. He tried to enlist, but the army rejected him for health reasons. Toward the end of his career, this powerful screen persona overshadowed his personal identity.

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Author Ronald L. Davis has given us a very informative, easy to read biography of a surprisingly complex, some would say tortured soul. All the highlights are there, Duke's less than perfect childhood, his early days as a prop man for Fox Film, Duke's first big movie made in 1930, "The Big Trail", a critical success but box office failure. Then the hungry decade where Wayne honed his skills and waited for his "time" to come. It came in 1939 when John Ford chose Duke to star in the ground breaking "Stage Coach". Wayne and Ford then had more than 25 years.

Wayne biographer Ronald L. Davis referred to the film as the first in a collection of "cheap, assembly-line pictures" Wayne would make in the 1930s Duke: The Life and Image of John Wayne. University of Oklahoma Press. Davis referred to the film as the first in a collection of "cheap, assembly-line pictures" Wayne would make in the 1930s. It was remade in 1934 as a 15-chapter serial called The Red Rider. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-8061-8646-7. Cline, William C. (1984). McFarland & Company, Inc. 10. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.

Traces the life story of the famous actor from his beginnings in Winterset, Iowa, to his death in 1979, becoming a legendary character in his own right

Hiylchis
Loved this book, full on interesting details
Burgas
Only one Duke.
Jugore
Great condition.
Tuliancel
This books does a nice job covering the life of John Wayne, but as the his 1st family did not cooperate, plus others in his inner circle also did not join in, it leaves many things out. However, he has picked through the pieces and come up with a entertaining book. Where I had problems is that it is filled with errors. Most errors are trivial, like correct cities of movie shoots, characters, etc. I guess that is why I was left with an unsatisfied feeling and can't give it more than 3 stars. Plus the author spends too much time on unnecessary matters like the creation of 'corn doggers' for True Grit--who cares. A lot has happen since he wrote this book, death of his children, ex-wife and lovers. Bottom line, a good read.
Livina
His friends & fans simply call him Duke.

More than 20 yrs. after his death he is still coming in 1st or 2nd in polls askings Americans who their favorite actor is.

Why is this?

Come on, he's dead already!

Beginning in 1930 with THE BIG TRAIL & ending in 1976 with THE SHOOTIST, DUKE has been bigger than life, a symbol to the world of the ruggedness, tough independence, personal conviction, & courage that make up the American character.

I love him not just because he was a great actor, but because he played roles that showed us an America to be proud of. He was the type of guy you wouldn't mind sitting with in a bar for a few drinks &, definitely, you'd love him at your back in a fight!

The author of this book will help you understand & appreciate John Wayne the way I & millions the world over do.

You will never look at John Wayne, the actor & the man, in the same way ever again.

He is my favorite American Actor of all time, and, before I sold the collection a couple of years ago, I owned nearly all his films on Video.

Not the best book out there, but still informative.
Zovaithug
This biography succeeds in its evenhanded portrayal of John Wayne. No doubt some will criticize it because Davis doesn't spend his time eschewing Wayne's politically incorrect opinions, but neither does the author lionize Wayne the man. What you have left is a concise and readable 400 page biography that covers all the movies and all the wives. Davis gives his opinions as to why the Wayne legend still survives, and what his fellow actors thought of him way back when.
Interesting is the story behind the making of the ALAMO, a film he produced, directed and starred in, the subsequent Oscar campaign, and the aftermath. Also interesting is Wayne's relationship with director John Ford, whom he loved, and their disagreements.
MegaStar
Overall inaccurate portrait of someone who was really a pretty good guy. Since reading this shortly after it came out I have seen more evidence that this biography gave a distorted picture. If your going to read a number of bio's on Wayne go ahead and read this but there are better efforts out there.
Author Ronald L. Davis has given us a very informative, easy to read biography of a surprisingly complex, some would say tortured soul. All the highlights are there, Duke's less than perfect childhood, his early days as a prop man for Fox Film, Duke's first big movie made in 1930, "The Big Trail", a critical success but box office failure. Then the hungry decade where Wayne honed his skills and waited for his "time" to come.

It came in 1939 when John Ford chose Duke to star in the ground breaking "Stage Coach". Wayne and Ford then had more than 25 years of hit movies, all these classics The Searchers, The Quiet Man, The cavalry trilogy etc. are mentioned in the book.

Author Davis does not forget to explore Duke's three marriages, his loving but sometimes stormy relationships with his seven children and several high-profile affairs, particularly one with Marlene Dietrich that lasted for over three years.

Wayne's last decade is also fully explored, his Oscar winning role in True Grit, the poignant last movie, The Shootist, where his characters' struggle with cancer reflected his real life situation.

Fully recommended.