John Wayne died more than thirty years ago, but he remains one of the five favourite movie stars of contemporary audiences.
Yet, there has never been a comprehensive biography worthy of the man as well as the star.
Until now. The beloved Hollywood icon comes fully to life in this complex portrait by a master biographer.
Exploring Wayne's early life with a difficult mother and a feckless father, Eyman makes startling connections to his later days as an anti-Communist conservative, his stormy marriages and his notorious-and surprisingly long-lived-extra-marital affair with Marlene Dietrich.
In addition to his interviews with those who knew Wayne best-many of whom had never spoken on the record before-Eyman draws on the actor's own business records to weave a rich tapestry of American cultural history: the story of a man who went from college football to romantic lead on the silver screen, and who ultimately became the dominant-and often domineering-symbol of his country at mid-century, the quintessential American male against which all other screen heroes are compared.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 672 pages, rough front, b&w 24-pp insert of 57 photos
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 10/04/2014
- Category: Individual actors & performers
- ISBN: 9781439199589