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Lew Ayres: Hollywood's Conscientious Objector (Hollywood Legends Series) Hardcover – October 18, 2012
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Eventually Lew's stepfather relocated the family (which included a half-sister and half-brother) to San Diego. Lew never went beyond the tenth grade and joined a dance band for a short period. From that point, he began his film career in earnest and met with rapid success costarring with Greta Garbo early in his career.
From that point on there were numerous successes in films such as All Quiet On The Western Front and Holiday and some duds that did Lew and his career little good. In fact, Ayres had his share of 'has been' moments that found his career sinking and plenty of rebounds. This book does a terrific job when it comes to detailing his career and providing critical analysis of his various activities as an actor and director.Read more ›
With unprecedented access to private papers, oral histories, and interviews with those who knew the actor, the author, Lesley Coffin creates a balanced portrait of a complex man, whose yearning to be at the center of the spotlight in movies in the studio era seems to contradict his inner search for peace throughout his life. From his surprising beginnings as a member of a traveling band to his experiences as an actor with varying successes and failures, and his memorable, principled decision to be a non-combatant in WWII, the arc of this deeply curious man's life is conveyed in this book.
Beginning work at the end of the silent era into the dawn of the internet age, Ayres' played a vast range of characters. From Paul, the doomed German youth destroyed by war in ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT to the highly influential DR. KILDARE movies to his Oscar-nominated role in JOHNNY BELINDA and his years of work on television, the author captures the kaleidoscopic journey of Lew Ayres as an unusually sensitive actor, writer, director, producer, lifelong student and human being.
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This is a wonderful book about a truly unique person. I saw "All Quiet On the Western Front" as a kid in middle school and fell in love with Lew Ayres and the subject of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cecelia Faigin
It is rare when a preface of a book strikes such a true premonition of the story yet to be told.
Lew Ayres at first seems a quirky choice to base a biography on. Read more
An intellectual goes to Hollywood but never "goes Hollywood". I sensed a very restless mind toiling away in a Business that never understood him. Read morePublished 22 months ago by jd
Having trouble wrapping my head around some of the revelations that enchanting stylist Lesley L. Coffin unveils in her new book, Lew Ayres: Hollywood's Conscientious Objector. Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by Kevin Killian