John Wayne: The Life And Legend (Hardcover) Book

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John Wayne was one of Hollywood’s most famous and most successful actors, but he was more than that. He became a symbol of America itself. He epitomized the Western film, which for many people epitomized America. He identified with conservative political causes from the early 1930s to his death in 1979, making him a hero to one generation of Americans and a villain to another. But unlike fellow actor Ronald Reagan, Wayne had no interest in politics as a career. Like many stars, he altered his life story, claiming to have become an actor almost by accident when in fact he had studied drama and aspired to act for most of his youth. He married three times, all to Latina women, and conducted a lengthy affair with Marlene Dietrich, as unlikely a romantic partner as one could imagine for the Duke. Wayne projected dignity, integrity, and strength in all his films, even when his characters were flawed, and whatever character he played was always prepared to confront injustice in his own way. More than thirty years after his death, he remains the standard by which male stars are judged and an actor whose morally unambiguous films continue to attract sizeable audiences.

Scott Eyman interviewed Wayne, as well as many family members, and he has drawn on previously unpublished reminiscences from friends and associates of the Duke in this biography, as well as documents from his production company that shed light on Wayne’s business affairs. He traces Wayne from his childhood to his stardom in Stagecoach and dozens of films after that. Eyman perceptively analyzes Wayne’s relationship with John Ford, the director with whom he’s most associated and who made some of Wayne’s greatest films, among them She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Quiet Man, and The Searchers. His evaluation of Wayne himself is shrewd: a skilled actor who was reluctant to step outside his comfort zone. Wayne was self-aware; he once said, “I’ve played the kind of man I’d like to have been.” It’s that man and the real John Wayne who are brilliantly profiled in Scott Eyman’s insightful biography of a true American legend.


  • Author: Scott Eyman
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • ISBN: 9781439199589
Additional Details
Production Year
April 1, 2014
Technical Specs
  • Dimensions: 9.20 H x 1.80 D x 6.20 W inches
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Number of Pages: 672 Pages
  • Version: Books - Filmography
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10 Reviews
4.9

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  • Well written (10)
  • Informative (8)
  • Easy to read (6)
  • Deserves multiple readings (5)
  • Engaging characters (5)

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5.0

Super inormative reading

By Vonalf

from Long Beach, CA

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Pros

  • An All-nighter Is Common
  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Even Turned The Tv Off
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Superb Absolutely Great
  • Then Watched El Dorado
  • Well Written

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    • Gift
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    • Readable Any Time
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about this product:

    John Wayne has been one of my all time favorites since the late 1940's. Bumped into him in Newport Beach, CA one day; didn't ask for an autograph as he was enjoying a favorite drink at the bar. So I caught the bartender at the other end of the bar and paid for his libation. Needless to say I received a wonderful martini in return!!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great

    By markentell

    from Spring Texas

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      Comments about this product:

      I watch all of John Wayne Movies

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      No Reservations!

      By ellojello

      from Dallas,TX

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      Pros

      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Engaging characters
      • Informative
      • Well Written

      Cons

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        • Gift

        Comments about this product:

        Gave this book as a gift to a John Wayne fanatic, and they couldn't have been more pleased. Recipient says they will keep the book to re-read multiple times

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        John Wayne The life and legend

        By Reddog

        from Las Vegas, Nevada

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        Pros

        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Read
        • Engaging characters
        • Informative
        • Well Written

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          Comments about this product:

          Very informative and well researched. Author
          keeps John Wayne in perspective and tells the good
          and bad of that person. If the comment mentioned
          is hearsay, the author says so. Read many books on the "DUKE" and still found some unknown things
          by me on his life. Young people under say, 30 have no idea of how good stories and GOOD actors
          or personalities were in the "old" days. They didn't need or use computers to make a film work.
          Would highly recommend to someone into the history
          of not just John Wayne, but some of the well known
          actors and directors, Studio Heads, and behind the scene every day people who make movies!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Full of interesting information.

          By John Wayne for president.

          from Tennessee

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          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Read
          • Engaging characters
          • Informative
          • Memory Jogger
          • Page-Turner
          • Well Written

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            Comments about this product:

            Shows the unequal treatment of people in the movie industry, and how some where taken extreme advantage of, no matter the caliber of the person or their convictions.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good Book

            By Duke lover

            from Amarillo, Texas

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            Pros

            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Read
            • Engaging characters
            • Informative
            • Page-Turner
            • Well Written

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              Comments about this product:

              I love John Wayne, this is a great book. Very easy to read and gives more of time line of how things fell into place.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              super read!

              By Ardy

              from central NY

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                  Comments about this product:

                  Super read! I am reading it slowly so I won't be done too fast!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best Book Ever On The Duke!

                  By PhilSlaton

                  from Seattle, Washington

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                  Pros

                  • Informative
                  • Page-Turner
                  • Well Written

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                    Comments about this product:

                    A great read for the casual reader or the dedicated John Wayne fan.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Pretty big book

                    By Reeder

                    from Rome, Wi.

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                    • Informative
                    • Well Written

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                      Comments about this product:

                      Gift to my Husband. He likes it.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Love for the Duke!

                      By Rustysrae

                      from Columbus, Ohio

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                          Comments about this product:

                          Like the book! Bought it for myself.

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