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Glenn Ford: A Life (Wisconsin Film Studies) Paperback – May 12, 2011
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“Glenn Ford never got the respect he deserved for being a tough, straight-ahead actor who always had a way of rising to the occasion demanded by Fritz Lang or Vincente Minnelli. His son’s biography is a welcome tribute to a conflicted man and an often overlooked star.”—Scott Eyman, author of Pieces of My Heart
"A frank portrait of a conflicted man and a respected star of Golden Age Hollywood. . . . Peter succeeds in objectively revisiting his father’s life and work while peeling back without fear the painful layers in their mutual history. . . . This biography should rank with Maria Riva’s Marlene Dietrich as one of the best examples of a family biography and should appeal to film scholars and film fans alike."—Library Journal
“Glenn Ford was a perfect gentleman, educated and kind. When called upon to perform, he was a hell of an actor.”—Mickey Rooney
Glenn Ford: A Life chronicles the volatile life, relationships, and career of the renowned actor, beginning with his move from Canada to California and his initial discovery of theater. It follows Ford’s career in diverse media—from film to television to radio—and shows how Ford shifted effortlessly between genres, playing major roles in dramas, noir, westerns, and romances.
This biography by Glenn Ford’s son, Peter Ford, offers an intimate view of a star’s private and public life. Included are exclusive interviews with family, friends, and professional associates, and snippets from the Ford family collection of diaries, letters, audiotapes, unpublished interviews, and rare candid photos. This biography tells a cautionary tale of Glenn Ford’s relentless infidelities and long, slow fade-out, but it also embraces his talent-driven career. The result is an authentic Hollywood story that isn’t afraid to reveal the truth.
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is an immense journey. The story of Glenn Ford's life is infinitely
detailed, defining much of the history of Hollywood life during an era
when Hollywood Stars acquired pedestal images. Peter informs the reader
of the many sacrifices some of those Stars, their spouses and children,
would make for the sake of fame.
Those of us who lived within the margin of Hollywood life had an advantage
of knowing some of the "inside scoop" before Hedda Hopper news hit the
streets. Yet, Peter has defined Hollywood history in truths that we would
otherwise not have known. His story is not of resentment, but of candor,
including "trysts and turns" of celebrity relationships.
Through his son, Peter, Glenn Ford has finally outperformed the Academy.
This literary ride is one not to be missed, a real triumph!
I've never known much about Ford's private life, but I've always liked his films and natural acting style. His easy, relaxed nature to a performance always made him seem more real to me, and made him stand out from the rest of the people around him who were working so hard at their acting. This is most particularly the case in his films starting with "The Blackboard Jungle" and continuing on for the next decade or so of his career when he seemed to "find himself" as both an actor and a star. These films would include "3:10 to Yuma," "Trial," "Imitation General," "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," and "Fate Is The Hunter" just to name a few of my favorites.
Peter Ford has done a very brave thing with this book, and at his father's encouragement it should be noted, of not glossing over his father's life and editing it to make it into a publicist's press book. This book is bare-knuckles honest. Showing his father Glenn Ford at his best and at his less admirable moments, such as with his many affairs, which he wrote about in his personal diaries and was unbelievably candid about to his son Peter in his adult life.
It is as much a biography, thoroughly researched and supported with interviews with people who worked with Ford, even going back to when he was a teenager in Santa Monica community theater, as it is Peter Ford's personal memoir about his life with and without his father. They had a difficult father-son relationship with many lows and just as many terrific highs.
It is also, towards the end of the book and Glenn Ford's life, a cautionary tale about aging, about turning your life over to others to manage and how that life can be exploited, taken advantage of, and systematically robbed of almost every penny you have. Elder abuse is one of the great tragedies that befall so many people, of all walks of life, in the final act of their lives. The last chapters of this book should be read carefully and readers should take note to not let these nightmares happen to them.
In the end, "Glenn Ford: A Life" is a diverse and in-depth look into one man's life and how he lived it, for better and for worse. It is much like all of our lives when we have the opportunity to look back on them in later years, filled with our own successes, failures and personal regrets.
Not only is this book well worth reading, it is detailed enough to be worth reading again.
An actor who always managed to keep working until old age finally got him, Glenn Ford was often not a very admirable person in terms of his personal life. An unfaithful husband, he was ideally someone who probably should have never married. He had affairs with many of his co-stars and had tempestuous relationships with Rita Hayworth and Geraldine Brooks. He had a fondness for drink and had a foul personality when drinking, yet he was also a dedicated actor who worked hard to nail a role.
Peppered with anecdotes and personal impressions, this book provides a window into the life and career of Glenn Ford and creates a unique view of '40's and '50's Hollywood and beyond. This bio is by no means a 'Mommie Dearest", but it does get to the truth.