Glenn Ford: A Life

Glenn Ford: A Life


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Glenn Ford: A Life by Peter Ford

Glenn Ford—star of such now-classic films as Gilda, Blackboard Jungle, The Big Heat, 3:10 to Yuma, and The Rounders—had rugged good looks, a long and successful career, and a glamorous Hollywood life. Yet the man who could be accessible and charming on screen retreated to a deeply private world he created behind closed doors.
    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friends, and professional associates, and snippets from the Ford family collection of diaries, letters, audiotapes, unpublished interviews, and rare candid photos.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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299281540
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 05/12/2011
Series: Wisconsin Film Studies Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 358
Sales rank: 470,857
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Peter Ford appeared in eight films with his father, Glenn Ford, as well as many other movies, television shows, and stage productions. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Patrick McGilligan

1. Gwyllyn Goes to Hollywood        

2. Seeds of Stardom        

3. Love, Marriage, and War        

4. "Amado Mio"

5. "Trouble in Paradise"        

6. "It's Only Make-Believe"        

7. "Fire and Rain"        

8. "Rock Around the Clock"        

9. "Glory Days"        

10. "Singin' the Blues"        

11. "Cat's in the Cradle"        

12. "Auld Lang Syne"        

13. "Hard to Say"        

14. "Devil or Angel"        

15. "Lyin' Eyes"        

Epilogue: "Yesterday"        


Glenn Ford Filmography        



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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best biographies I've had the pleasure to read in a very long time! Glenn Ford was a good man, a fine actor and extremely generous to his family and friends. I would find myself checking to see what page I was on for I didn't want the book to end. What better praise than that for an exceptional read!!
Aunt-Susan More than 1 year ago
So little is written about this incredibly talented and overlooked actor, this is an opportunity to enjoy a balanced and intimate reflection of his story. Written with affection and honesty this piece shares Glenn Ford's life through the eyes of his only son, Peter. What makes this read very interesting is that he combines a great deal of this material from the extensive journals of his father, with his own memories of the lives of both his parents. Although underrated, this is the story of one Hollywood's biggest stars. We also see a Hollywood family as Peter's mother was great stage and screen dancer Eleanor Powell. What happens to the family when great stardom comes to two parents in Hollywood's golden age. What happens when a star who has had great success in Hollywood, must face a fading career? What happens when this son sees this situation happen to each of his parents? A terrific read.
Michael_Goldfield More than 1 year ago
Peter Ford, the only child of Glenn Ford, has done a masterful job in recounting the life and times of his iconic father in this new biography. Ford appeared in about 100 films. Many cinema critics say he never gave a bad performance, and I agree. Many of Ford's films are now considered film classics. This superb biography is a delight to read and offers insight into the unusual and colorful life of a talented and much underrated film actor. Peter Ford includes fascinating details of his father's remarkable life, his talented mother, Eleanor Powell, and his relationship with both of them. Also included are interesting comments by close friends of the late actor. "Glenn Ford: A Life" is a must-read for anyone who has an affection for Glenn Ford and his superb acting talents or has a serious interest in American cinema. Bravo, Peter Ford, for a job well done. Highly recommended!
RWM More than 1 year ago
What a masterful job Peter Ford did in chronicling his father's life and weaving his own story into it! The entire saga of Glenn Ford's life - before the cameras and personal - is completely told in an entertaining and compelling way. Although there were complexities, Peter Ford tells about the professional and personal lives of his parents and many other very public figures in a way that is revealing and yet never judgmental. This book is an excellent biography and more, a large piece of Hollywood history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago