Early Reagan: The Rise to Power

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Interviews with more than two hundred friends, family members, and colleagues and extensive research that included access to the minutes of the Screen Actors Guild meetings and to the Warner Bros. archives provide the basis for this profile

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A former actress and screenwriter (she wrote the first draft of the screenplay for Funny Girl), Anne Edwards is the author of eight novels and fifteen biographies, among them books on Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland, Maria Callas, and Margaret Mitchell. Her memoir, Leaving Home, was published in August by Scarecrow Press. She lives in Beverly Hills.

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Edwards traces Reagan's acting career from start to finish, and his gradual shift from fervent Roosevelt Democrat to the day in 1966 when he announced his candidacy, as a Republican, for governor of California. She refutes Reagan's claim that he was typecast as an actor, that the studios offered him second-rate roles in revenge for his union demands as president of the Screen Actors Guild. (Perhaps the most revealing section of the book revolves around his aggressive leadership of that organization.) Reagan's marriage to Jane Wyman and the early years of his marriage to the former Nancy Davis are covered, along with interesting tidbits about his relationships with acting colleagues, directors, gossip columnists and his boss of many years, studio head Jack Warner. . . . [A]s a political biography it is intriguing; Edwards skillfully combines [Hollywood and politics] into a unique drama that should find many readers. (Publishers Weekly)

This breezy, anecdotal book by the biographer of Katharine Hepburn, Margaret Mitchell, and others details Reagan's movie and television career while deemphasizing his political career. . . . [T]his book is a lively recounting of Reagan's childhood and years in the entertainment industry, where his political instincts and interests were kindled. (Library Journal)

Ronald Reagan has earned a place in history as an icon; love [him] or hate him. Early Reagan: The Rise to Power is a new edition of the 1986 book from Anne Edwards, which tells the story of Reagan's rise to fame from nothing as a child to gaining Hollywood stardom, [as well as] his early moves in politics. Tracing his life up to his official entry into politics as a candidate for governor of California, Early Reagan is a strongly recommended pick for those who want to better understand this American icon and how he became history. (Midwest Book Review)

Edwards . . . show[s] us a side of the former president that has been overshadowed by Iran-Contra and Reaganomics. . . . In these pages, we meet Reagan's family, wives and children as well as movie stars and directors, and get a taste of the iconic days of early Hollywood. Family photographs and studio stills illustrate this fascinating biography. (SheKnows Book Lounge)

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