Clint Eastwood—actor, director, composer, musician, and politician—is undeniably one of the most prolific and accomplished celebrities of the modern age. This book provides insights into Eastwood's life and entire career, from early television appearances to recent award-winning films.
He established himself early in his acting career as "the strong silent type" and became known as the "actor's director." In a career that spans seven decades, Eastwood's work has been influential for multiple generations of film audiences as well as actors, directors, and producers. This biography investigates the man who made his characters' lines such as "Go ahead—make my day" and "Get off my lawn" unforgettable, and shows why his movie roles and the films he directed are honored, studied, quoted, and remembered.
The book describes everything from Eastwood's formative years and early days as a struggling actor to his family and personal life to his lifelong love of jazz music and his political leanings. The chapters describe not only his tremendous accomplishments and countless successes but also his notable failures—coverage that will intrigue readers interested in the film industry, in the acting craft, and in enduring popular cultural icons.
• Reviews Eastwood's accolades, honors, reviews, awards, and specific achievements throughout his lifetime
• Provides detailed information regarding Eastwood's long television and film career
• Documents why Eastwood is a cultural icon and considered by many to be the most respected filmmaker in the film industry today
• Supplies information about lesser-known aspects of Eastwood's life, such as his accomplishments as a composer and musician as well as in politics
About the Author
Sara Anson Vaux, PhD, is lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies and director of the Office of Fellowships at Northwestern University.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword vii
Timeline: Events in the Life of Clint Eastwood xv
Chapter 1 Clint's Life Story: The Icon Takes Shape 1
Chapter 2 Clint: From Rawhide to the Spaghetti Westerns 17
Chapter 3 Clint Takes Charge: Malpaso 31
Chapter 4 The Icon and His Legend, Continued: The Outlaw Josey Wales 45
Chapter 5 Clint Eastwood: Superstar 57
Chapter 6 Jazz, Not Violence: Bird 73
Chapter 7 An American Classic: Unforgiven 85
Chapter 8 The Poetry of Suffering: From A Perfect World to Mystic River 103
Chapter 9 The Dignity of Life: Million Dollar Baby 123
Chapter 10 The War Cycle: Flags of our Fathers; Letters From Iwo Jima; Gran Torino 141
Chapter 11 The Weak Shall Be Strong: Invictus; Changeling 161
Chapter 12 Hereafter; J. Edgar; and Jersey Boys 173
Select Bibliography 187