Yul Brynner: A Biography

Yul Brynner: A Biography

by Michelangelo Capua


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Known as the bald cowboy in The Magnificent Seven and the sexy, charismatic male lead in The King and I, Yul Brynner was a Hollywood paragon of masculinity. Beyond his distinctive appearance and distinguished acting career was a life of intrigue and concocted tales surrounding his youth. Born Youl Bryner in Russia, he played gypsy guitar and worked as a trapeze clown until a severe injury motivated him to pursue his interest in theater.
This biography takes readers through Brynner’s formative years in Russia, France and China and describes his journey from sweeping stages in Parisian theaters to a versatile career in theater, television and film, reaching a stardom that began and ended with the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I. With accounts of his personal and professional successes and failures, the book includes his four marriages, his numerous and notorious affairs with such stars as Judy Garland, Joan Crawford and Ingrid Bergman, and his 1985 death from lung cancer. A filmography details his movies and plays, and appendices outline his work in documentaries, music and soundtracks, radio programs and television.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786424610
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/11/2006
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 683,896
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michelangelo Capua is the author of several McFarland biographies of Hollywood film stars. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

A Note on Yul Brynner’s Name viii

Introduction 1

1. Past Imperfect 3

2. Gypsy King 10

3. Television Debut 25

4. I’m the King! Etc., Etc., Etc. 30

5. Dietrich and Crawford 42

6. Cecil B. DeMille 49

7. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 56

8. A Bastard with a Heart of Gold 75

9. The Magnificent Seven 93

10. Surprise Flops 108

11. Terrible Choices 123

12. Westworld 136

13. Long Live the King! 145

Filmography 161

Stage Appearances 172

Documentaries, Music and Soundtracks, Radio Programs and Television Appearances 175

Brynner as Director 177

Notes 179

Bibliography 187

Index 195

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