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Biography / Film Studies

Glenn Ford
A Life
Peter Ford
Foreword by Patrick McGilligan

Wisconsin Film Studies
Patrick McGilligan, series editor

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"A frank portrait of a conflicted man and a respected star of Golden Age Hollywood . . . Peter succeeds in objectively revisiting his father's life and work while peeling back without fear the painful layers in their mutual history. . . . This biography should rank with Maria Riva's Marlene Dietrich as one of the best examples of a family biography and should appeal to film scholars and film fans alike."
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[Glenn Ford was] a genuine American movie star. As a young actor coming along, I tagged him as someone from whom I could learn."
—Sidney Poitier

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friends, and professional associates, and snippets from the Ford family collection of diaries, letters, audiotapes, unpublished interviews, and rare candid photos.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.

A photo of Peter Ford, author of the UWPress title Glenn Ford, and son of the actor.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.

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The cover of the book Glenn Ford is illustrated with a black and white photo of the actor from the period of his now-classic films.

May 2011
LC: 2010038907 PN
312 pp.   6 x 9   28 b/w photos

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