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Duke The Life and Image of John Wayne Almost two decades after his death John Wayne is still America s favorite movie star More than an actor Wayne is a cultural icon whose stature seems to grow with the passage of time In this illumina

  • Title: Duke: The Life and Image of John Wayne
  • Author: Ronald L. Davis
  • ISBN: 9780806133294
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Paperback
  • Duke: The Life and Image of John Wayne By Ronald L. Davis, Almost two decades after his death, John Wayne is still America s favorite movie star More than an actor, Wayne is a cultural icon whose stature seems to grow with the passage of time 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 trAlmost two decades after his death, John Wayne is still America s favorite movie star More than an actor, Wayne is a cultural icon whose stature seems to grow with the passage of time 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 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 Searches, The Man who Shot Liberty Valance, and True Grit A man s ideal than a woman s, Wayne earned his popularity without becoming either a great actor or a sex symbol In all his films, whatever the character, John Wayne portrayed John Wayne, a persona he created for himself the tough, gritty loner whose mission was to uphold the frontier s and the nation s traditional values.To depict the different facets of Wayne s life and career, Davis draws on a range of primary and secondary sources, most notably exclusive interviews with the people who knew Wayne well, including the actor s costar Maureen O Hara and his widow, Pilar Wayne The result is a well balanced, highly engaging portrait of a man whose private identity was eventually overshadowed by his screen persona until he came to represent America itself.

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    1. This appears to be a pretty even handed biography of perhaps America s most famous 20th century icon I found it interesting and fast paced throughout You ll read about John Wayne s unfortunate childhood in Iowa and California, his parents marital problems, his mother s failure to make him feel loved and appreciated, and his closeness to his father as a result, his aborted football career, and his eventual rise to not merely stardom but to literally representing what America means to tens of mill [...]

    2. Good book that looks at John Wayne s life Author interviewed alot of family and co stars and put together a pretty comprehensive review of the Duke.

    3. Good biography of a larger than life person Explains his hard work ethic and inner insecurity one cause was that his mother did not love him at all as a child The author had no help with the biography from the older children, but did very well with tons of interviews from Harry Carey, Jr and many other costars and friends This book was very worthwhile and even surpassed the earlier biography I d read, Shooting Star He was an icon, even though his politics were quite rigid.

    4. The cover of this book has John Wayne s picture on it I showed the picture to my three teen aged granddaughters, and as I expected, none of them recognized him Sad to think that Duke, who used to be not only a super movie star, but was also considered to be the shining embodiment of American courage and integrity, is quickly fading into the mists of history.This is a good biography of John Wayne, telling of his long hard trek from being a clumsy prop boy into the most popular movie actor of his [...]

    5. If you are a fan of John Wayne, probably you should pick a different biography If you like celebrity gossip and harpooning larger than life characters to dismiss their greatness due to their other flaws, this will probably be your cup of tea.The content life of Duke Morrison and the screen character John Wayne was good enough that not even a poor presentation could completely screw it up But be ready for this author s style he doesn t seem to like John Wayne or his ideals and regularly inserts l [...]

    6. Easy to read informational biography of Wayne with extensive filmography Not rated higher because the liberal author couldn t help but keep asserting his liberal politics as the center norm against which Wayne s politics are reactionary Even as far as using that term in a chapter title.So, too much authorial analysis that takes the reader out of the narrative of Wayne s life and work Just the facts, please.

    7. The author says he wants to portray Wayne s significance to the country and culture than the movies, but he doesn t really do that which suited me fine It s about the man and the movies and movies were pretty much all he did Davis does a good job of portraying a deep guy whose sincerity could disarm just about anybody except his wives.

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