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Charles Boyer


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ISBN 10: 029778255X / ISBN 13: 9780297782551
Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1983
Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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Uncommon (in USA) British edition. Fine in vg dust jacket with some fading along spine. No markings or bookplates. No jacket tears or chips and not price-clipped. Three sections of b&w photos. Indexed. Bookseller Inventory # 101671

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Title: Charles Boyer

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First UK Edition

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Charles Boyer, the "great lover" was the definition of polished European virility in the thirties and forties, and mesmerized his costars wit the same masterful ease that wooed his fans into theaters. Larry Swindell shows here that although this consummate actor, son of French bourgeoisie, always retained a balanced perspective in the face of his worldwide celebrity, the public did not. The Boyer myth grew to such proportion that it achieved a life of its own. Much like Bogart's "Play it again, Sam," Boyer's "Come wiz me to zee casbah," was never spoken by him except in the popular imagination.
In this richly detailed biography, Larry Swindell dispels the myths and reveals the professional and personal contrasts of a man whose career began in ways more fabulous than the imaginings of any studio publicity department: he rose from obscurity to become the overnight sensation of Parisian theater when, on twenty-four hours' notice, he replaced the ailing lead in a major production. A dazzling survivor in an industry of notorious failures, he was passionately devoted to his art, his country, and his wife.
With the Golden Age of Hollywood as a backdrop, Boyer's private and professional lives are explored: His reputation as the "great louvair," (enhanced as much by his real-life romance with his wife as by the casting with such leading ladies as Dietrich, Garbo, and Hepburn), his involvement with the French Resistance movement, and his friendships with such Hollywood greats as Henry Fonda, David Niven, and Ingrid Bergman.

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Larry Nolan Swindell is formatively a Californian and UCLA graduate but is a native Texan who, in 2014, was inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame. His five published biographies, all focused on leading stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, are deeply rooted in the history of American movies, his consuming passion. Now retired, logged 45 years as a newspaper journalist and editor. He was literary editor and critic-at-large for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from 1980 to 2000. Concurrent with his journalistic odyssey, he was an instructor in literature and composition at five universities, including a 20-year stretch at Texas Christian University. In 1974 he founded the "Bookshelf" column, which was syndicated nationally by The New York Times and the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain for a decade. He also reviewed Broadway productions for dailies throughout New York's Westchester County. Larry is father to three daughters and two sons, and he has eleven grandchildren. He was married to Broadway actress Eleanor Eby until her death in 1983. He is now living California with his second wife (and childhood sweetheart), Patricia Volder.

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