I Promised My Dad

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At Michael Landon's death, his eldest daughter, Cheryl, promised to honor and protect his name: to tell his story the way it should be told, a story of inspiration, courage and determination. In this deeply moving biography of the dad she adored, Cheryl Landon Wilson honors his memory by revealing the extraordinary life of America's most durable and beloved television star, known to millions through his roles on "Bonanza," "Little House on the Prairie," and "Highway to Heaven." ...
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At Michael Landon's death, his eldest daughter, Cheryl, promised to honor and protect his name: to tell his story the way it should be told, a story of inspiration, courage and determination. In this deeply moving biography of the dad she adored, Cheryl Landon Wilson honors his memory by revealing the extraordinary life of America's most durable and beloved television star, known to millions through his roles on "Bonanza," "Little House on the Prairie," and "Highway to Heaven."

I Promised My Dad is a larger-than-life story full of revelations and insights as well as intimate details and anecdotes of Michael Landon's public and private life. From the abusive childhood he endured, to his wisdom and love as a parent and husband, to his talent as writer/actor/producer/director, to his troubled side, to his divorce and remarriage, here is a fascinating portrait of a complex, generous man.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After actor, director and scriptwriter Michael Landon became incurably ill with cancer, his stepdaughter Cheryl Wilson determined ``to honor and protect his name'' following his death. This balanced portrait, written with freelancer Scovell, accomplishes its purpose, although the Landon it presents turns out to be less admirable than the star's heroic TV personas. Born Eugene Orowitz, the young Landon was shunned by school peers and unappreciated by his remote father and insulting mother. He Landon changed his name and later later starred as Little Joe in the TV series Bonanza ; roles in Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven soon followed. Landon married three times (Wilson is the daughter of his second wife); in general, Wilson remembers him fondly, although she was heartbroken by his decision to leave her mother, his wife of 18 years, for another woman. Two sides of Landon emerge: the model father who helped Wilson recover after a car accident and an addiction to painkillers, and the moody practical joker who withdrew from loved ones during his third marriage. More a description of Landon's domestic life than his career, this biography views him through eyes both adoring and disappointed. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.)
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For those who grew up with television's Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, and Highway to Heaven, Michael Landon was a familiar and beloved figure. News of his inoperable cancer and untimely death rocked the country. Here, his stepdaughter tells his complex story, from an unhappy childhood, through several marriages, to his ultimate triumphs as a father and an actor/writer/director. She is compassionately honest about his shortcomings and continually reemphasizes his positive qualities. Cheryl's gratitude for Landon's love and generosity shine through. He treated her as his own daughter and stood by her while she recuperated from a horrifying car accident. This is as much her story as it is his, and there is an unshakable feeling of both love and sadness beyond its final pages. For circulating libraries.-- Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, N.J.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780671799526
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 271

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Great Read

    Cheryl Landon Wrote a wonderful book that tell a lot but doesn't change your opinion on this beloved actor.

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