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Charlton Heston: Hollywood's Last Icon
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Marc Eliot
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Charlton Heston: Hollywood's Last Icon

Marc Eliot


Dey Street Books

Film, TV & Radio;
Individual actors & performers;
Films, movies & cinema;
Biography: arts & entertainment


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This is the first and definitive biography of one of the most iconic, complex and enduring legends of Hollywood’s golden age, whose major presence in American film, radio, television, stage and theater lasted beyond the second half of the 20th Century, and whose classic films are known throughout the world.

Written by New York Times bestselling, prize-winning author Marc Eliot - Cary Grant, Walt Disney, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson, and others - with unprecedented access to the family, friends, and Heston’s private papers, diaries, journal, writings and estate, he tells an unforgettable tale of an extraordinary life you may find difficult to put down.

Eliot's biography is rich with facts details and anecdotal material that bring to life the complex story of this most iconic of American popular cultural giants to illuminate Heston's greatest achievements and his personal failures. He examines how a small boy from the backwoods of Michigan rose to become one of Hollywood’s most legendary stars,  one of the Greatest Generation’s true-life war heroes  - he saw action in the Pacific Theater during World War Two, before moving with his young wife from Chicago to New York’s Hell’s Kitchen to begin their struggle to find success in the theater. Eliot traces Heston’s pioneering work in live television, his being discovered by Hollywood because of it, and tells the amazing saga of his three films for Cecil B. DeMille and his two for William Wyler, including The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur, the latter for which he won a Best-Actor Oscar, with fascinating new details, documents and photographs never before seen.  Eliot follows Heston through the genre of Science Fiction, which he helped revive with Planet of the Apes, and sheds new light on every one of Heston’s iconic films. He also examines Heston’s long political involvements, from boom one of the organizers of Hollywood’s faction of marchers who joined with Martin Luther King, Jr. for the March on Washington, to his mentoring under Ronald Reagan for eventual presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, to his late-in-life presidency of, the National Rifle Association, all the while refusing the Republican Party’s continual pleas for him to run for president of the United States after Reagan. 

With unprecedented cooperation with Heston’s family, and never-before-seen personal photos, documents and hand-written letters, Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon for the first time tells the real story of Charlton’s Heston’s amazing life, an incisive, detailed, compelling portrayal, both for longtime fans, Hollywood movie lovers everywhere and a new college and TCM generation discovering Heston’s work for the first time.

By:   Marc Eliot
Imprint:   Dey Street Books
Dimensions:   Height: 218mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 41mm
Weight:   635g
ISBN:   9780062420459
ISBN 10:   0062420453
Publication Date:   April 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Marc Eliot's hefty, compelling and intimate biography stands as the definitive portrait of the complicated and controversial Oscar-winning actor and political activist. --Shelf Awareness Brilliantly corrosive. --Sunday Times (London) on Walt Disney A fascinating portrait. --Newsweek on Reagan: The Hollywood Years Elucidates how a skinny guy with zero sex appeal molded himself into an enduring star. --Entertainment Weekly on Jimmy Stewart A fascinating and thorough portrait . . . Eliot does a good job of cracking the screen fantasy. --Esquire on Cary Grant Marc Eliot's insightful biography provides an admiring yet even-handed reassessment long overdue for one of Hollywood's most popular stars. --Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers A welcome event if only because it restores a sense of balance, offering some overdue appreciation to an actor whose belief system mitigated against a full appreciation of his worth. --Wall Street Journal The book covers [Heston's] personal and professional lives in equal measure, and there are plenty of behind-the-scenes stories for the movie buffs in the crowd. Another winner from a dependable biographer. --Booklist Charlton Heston: Hollywood's Last Icon follows the iconic late actor's life and career in intimate detail, thanks to author Marc Eliot's unprecedented access to his personal journals and estate. --Parade An entertaining picture of a complicated cinema icon. --Kirkus Reviews

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