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5.0 su 5 stelle "A movie star never really dies ...." 10 maggio 2011
Di Helene Stephens - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
This is an extraordinary book and far exceeds the standards of the "movie star biography" genre. It is simply superb and an exemplary tribute to an actor who had been a "constant" of the American screen for decades. Well-written, interesting, honest, filled with delightful anecdotes and characters, this book is just wonderful reading.

As long as I can remember, Glenn Ford has been a "constant" of the American film. I admit I've always been a "fan," but I got that from my parents! I recall, back in the late 1940's, my parents would go to any film starring Glenn Ford because, they said, they knew it would be good. After reading this book, I realize that many of Mr. Ford's films would NOT have been considered good - except for HIS being a part of them! In truth, Glenn Ford never gave a bad performance, and he made it look easy, through seven decades of his career.

Mr. Ford's son Peter has filled his pages with the stories behind the dreams that Glenn Ford brought to the screen. He has given us a perfect portrayal of a true film icon. It is a candid and honest biography, so YES, we do see the good and the bad. And along the way, we get a sweeping and entertaining vista of the American film industry. The author's voice is natural; it's as if he were sitting in our living room and sharing stories with us. And through the author, we get to "see" the many faces of the private Glenn Ford.

It's been said that Glenn Ford was the only actor who'd be able to hold his own on the screen in "Gilda" with Rita Hayworth - and I agree. Over the years, I have come to favor film noir, and I have watched (and re-watched) many of Mr. Ford's performances - and always, I'm impressed by the "actor-chameleon" who seemed to blend effortlessly into each role. (And anyone who has ever watched "Gilda" and been intrigued by Glenn Ford's cold-sizzle glare should buy this book! The chapter entitled "Amado Mio" will be a special treat.)

Although Glenn Ford was an exceptional actor, his personality seemed to steer him sadly toward the pain of loneliness (and seeking the company of women to alleviate that loneliness). It is unfortunate that Glenn Ford, movie star, actually missed the best part of his life and true potential for happiness by not looking around him and appreciating his wonderful wife and son.

The author also does something pretty special: we get a little synopsis of many of his father's films, skillfully woven into the narrative. I now have a new list of must-see films to further enjoy the talents of a truly remarkable actor. As son and author Peter says: "A movie star never really dies ...." as long as his work remains.

To everyone - film buff - fan - or not: I say, get this book and ENJOY!
15 di 15 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle The painful story of an American film legend, expertly told by a dutiful son. 16 agosto 2011
Di C. Van Tune - Pubblicato su
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I had the pleasure of knowing Glenn Ford during the late 1980s until the early `90s. I say "pleasure" because that's truly what it was. I was warmly welcomed into Glenn's home time and again. Most memorable was a New Year's Eve party with more "Golden Era of Hollywood" names than I can list. And Glenn perfectly dressed the part, attired in a silk smoking jacket, pipe in hand. Yes, Glenn Ford definitely had that "indescribable something" called "star power." He was also an intelligent man with a love for history, and had an enviable collection of first editions, letters and other items from some of the most famous names in modern history.

But, as son Peter Ford's excellent book conveys, there was a deep darkness to Glenn's personality that clouded the great man that he might have been. On-screen, his persona was of a champion for justice. Unfortunately, his private life was anything but just. He took out his insecurities and aggressions on those who loved him most, with the exception of his mother who lived harmoniously with Glenn through the years. Hers was an unconditional love and adoration that (the book surmises) Glenn might have also been seeking from others, but that his complicated personality would sabotage time and again. Therefore, most of his personal life was a series of liaisons with beautiful and famous women that left him emptier than ever, while his own truly loving wife (the beautiful, talented and kind-hearted Eleanor Powell) and son were either emotionally battered or ignored altogether.

In the context of how I knew Glenn (my then-girlfriend worked for his business manager) I heard firsthand some of the inside stories about Glenn's life in his later years, including his being taken advantage of by young woman after young woman who further ostracized his family, drained him of his resources and then left. His final years were tragic, but the greatest tragedy is the psychological abuse he put his family through. Glenn's on/off personality switch was deadly, and exquisitely chronicled here.

I know that writing this book was not an easy task for Peter to undertake, but creating this accurate biography of his father is an important link in the Hollywood legacy. That Glenn Ford, the talented and hugely popular actor of multiple genres, was never even nominated for an Academy Award is a travesty.

I want to add that, through all of the ups and downs, Peter Ford has proven himself to be a truly great man. He and his wife Lynda deserve eternal recognition for all they endured---and did so with such integrity.

---C. Van Tune
5.0 su 5 stelle A superb, discerning look into a great actor's life and work. 11 marzo 2017
Di R. de Aquino - Pubblicato su
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A labor of love. A well-written, informative, sensitive biography by someone who knew his subject most intimately. Glenn Ford may not have won awards for his impressive body of work on film, and we all know that recognition was unfairly given to performances of lesser substance during Glenn Ford's lifetime, but no matter. Glenn Ford was an Actor's Actor. He was a natural. Never a false movement or an insincere performance in his curriculum. Peter Ford illuminates both the man and the artist for us, and he does it most beautifully.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Triumph! 25 maggio 2011
Di Barbara L. Celello - Pubblicato su
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From Canada to America, to Europe and elsewhere, the entire contextual ride throughout the book authored by Peter Ford, "Glenn Ford,A Life"
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!
139 di 140 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A HOLLYWOOD LEGEND REVEALED 7 maggio 2011
Di Nick Anez - Pubblicato su
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Glenn Ford was one of Hollywood's most popular stars and one of its most versatile and underrated actors. He was also an admirable person. He was a loving husband and father. He was kind to his friends and generous to charities. At various times, he served in the Coast Guard, the Marines and the Naval Reserve; in fact, he nearly lost his life from enemy action in Vietnam. However, he was also a serial adulterer and a distant father who could be moody, arrogant, and volatile.

Peter Ford, Glenn's son, tells this entire story in his candid biography of his famous father. Though Peter doesn't pull any punches, this is not a trashy-type memoir but a thoroughly researched and well-documented account that covers the actor's complete life, from his birth in Canada in 1916 to his death in Beverly Hills in 2006.

Within those 90 years is a continually fascinating story of a genuine movie star. Along the way, Peter gives a comprehensive account of all of his father's films and provides interesting anecdotes on the production of his most famous movies. Numerous co-stars, such as Jack Lemmon, Sidney Poitier, Debbie Reynolds, Shirley Jones and Ernest Borgnine recall working with Glenn. From such interviews as well as from contemporary reviews, the actor's extraordinary and unappreciated talent becomes clear.

Glenn's difficult relationships with personalities such as Harry Cohn, Frank Capra and Marlon Brando provide interesting reading. He remained a devoted friend to Rita Hayworth during her troubled years, when everyone else in Hollywood had deserted her. The book naturally provides intimate details on his marriage to Peter's mother, Eleanor Powell, as well as on the author's life with this famous couple, before and after their divorce. Glenn's three additional--and increasingly disastrous--marriages are also detailed. Also revealed are his affairs with numerous actresses, including--in addition to Hayworth--Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Maria Schell and a host of others. But the author never resorts to salaciousness; this isn't that kind of book.

Ironically, this famous Hollywood star who had everything was always looking for love, or something resembling it. In actuality, he had true love from Eleanor Powell but he threw it away. Eleanor gave up her successful career for Glenn but he didn't appreciate this sacrifice. He had a selfish streak that he displayed toward those closest to him while he became increasingly vulnerable to younger women who left him emotionally and financially bankrupt. Depression and alcoholism marked the slow decline of Glenn Ford's life but, fortunately, his son and daughter-in-law never deserted him.

As an author, Peter Ford displays remarkable objectivity in his descriptions of his often-difficult childhood and his fluctuating relationship with his father. He has a relaxed way of writing which makes the book a very satisfying read. He has the advantage of being a significant part of his subject's life but yet he still maintains a careful balance between emotion and reality. He avoids speculation and gossip and concentrates on factual detail. He details his father's faults as well as his virtues with compassion, understanding and honesty. This is a revealing, truthful and insightful biography of a Hollywood legend.