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  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: The University of Wisconsin Press (30 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 029928154X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299281540
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Glenn Ford never got the respect he deserved for being a tough, straight-ahead actor who always had a way of rising to the occasion demanded by Fritz Lang or Vincente Minnelli. His son’s biography is a welcome tribute to a conflicted man and an often overlooked star.”––Scott Eyman, author of "Pieces of My Heart"  

"Glenn Ford never got the respect he deserved for being a tough, straight-ahead actor who always had a way of rising to the occasion demanded by Fritz Lang or Vincente Minnelli. His son's biography is a welcome tribute to a conflicted man and an often overlooked star."--Scott Eyman, author of "Pieces of My Heart"

"Glenn Ford was a perfect gentleman, educated and kind. When called upon to perform, he was a hell of an actor."--Mickey Rooney

Glenn Ford never got the respect he deserved for being a tough, straight-ahead actor who always had a way of rising to the occasion demanded by Fritz Lang or Vincente Minnelli. His son s biography is a welcome tribute to a conflicted man and an often overlooked star. Scott Eyman, author of "Pieces of My Heart""

"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." "Library Journal""

Glenn Ford was a perfect gentleman, educated and kind. When called upon to perform, he was a hell of an actor. Mickey Rooney"

About the Author

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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Like many other Ford fans I have been waiting patiently for this book to be published. It was worth the wait. His son describes the ups and downs of their complex relationship very fairly. This is no hatchet job on his father. It contains lots of interesting information. Now I know why the chemistry between Ford and Geraldine Brooks in 'The Green Glove' was so convincing! It was wonderful to read about what a very loyal and caring friend he was to Rita Hayworth all of her life. Peter Ford goes into quite a bit of detail regarding many of the very many of Ford's ladies but he also includes many anecdotes and quotes from fellow actors regarding his huge body of work in film. This is a must for Ford fans but anyone interested in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Eleanor Powell would find this very absorbing.
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I have just finished reading this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had wanted to read a biography on Glenn Ford for a long time, and was surprised that no one had written a book about him until now. Peter Ford has done an excellent job. Who better to write a biography about this talented man than his son. Peter gives the reader an intimate view of his father. We learn about what Glenn Ford was really like, the numerous infidelities,the struggle he had in films before finding fame in A Stolen Life and Gilda, the relationship he had with his immediate family and his work colleagues. The period that Glenn Ford was at the height of his fame, the 1940s and 50s were the golden era of hollywood. Peter Ford gives us an honest account of his father, warts and all. Glenn Ford was a very talented,complex man. I definately reccomend this book.
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There are many reasons why I was drawn to this very fine biography; the first being that, like other reviewers, I've been a Glenn Ford fan for about as long as I can remember and I'd been looking for a biography ever since he passed away in 2006. The second reason, upon spotting this new edition, was that I checked Amazon's US site and saw that the book had garnered 57 reviews, of which 51 were five stars. That's some recommendation. I was also swayed by the fact that it was penned by his son. I figured if anyone knew the man, it would have to be Peter Ford. This account of his father's life and career was well worth the wait.

But it ain't all roses.

Ford was, in my view, a great and severely under-rated actor - one of those who made it look so easy - but he was no saint, that's for sure. It's to his eternal credit that Peter Ford has pulled no punches in describing his father's many foibles, from his often martinet treatment of his family and his infidelities to his drinking and his strange, not to say, rather unsavoury habit of taping private telephone conversations, including those within his own family as well as, of all people, Richard Nixon, whom Ford got to know very well during Nixon's presidency!

Tantalizingly, Peter Ford tells us that half of Hollywood's Golden Age performers are preserved on the tapes for posterity, with many conversations being both of an intimate and sensational nature. Sadly, but wisely, Ford has declined to illuminate those that did take place, but you can't help thinking what wonderful material they would make for another book!

As well as Ford's home life, of course, Peter Ford recounts the peaks and troughs of his father's film career. From westerns - The Sheepman, The Fastest Gun Alive and the superb 3.
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Quite simply the best the best and most imformative book regarding a hollywood superstar i have ever read,peter fords biography about his father is full of detail and is told warts and all ,above all what comes across is his deep love for his dad despite the way he was often treated,i must not forget to mention his mother eleanor powell who seemed a regal lady in every sense of the word,this book deserves to be read by a wide audience.
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I have found the many books by children of film stars tend to be little better than hagiography.Not this book.The author ,the son of Glenn Ford and top tap dancer of the 1930s,Eleanor Powell,gives an excellent account of his father's life.He is honest and does not shy away from unplatable truths.His mother and father seemed to have a rather strange marital relationship.They didn't live together till a year after their marriage.Even then they had single rooms with his mother having a bedroom inbetween.Unfortunately for the son whenever there was a row involving his parents he seemed to get the blame.Ford clearly enjoyed his film star lifestyle and all the perks that went with it.However once any star gets into their forties they find that it becomes more difficult to maintain their status and image.So the films are made for money alone and the women get younger and younger.So for someone like Ford old age became even more of a problem.His final marriage to a much younger woman lasting just 49 daysand obviously alienating his family.All this is recounted in a very vivid manner by his son who suffered the trauma of all this.There are lots of first hand interviews and I would say that this is one of the best of its type that I have read in recent times.
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