Glenn Ford: A Life by Peter FordGlenn Ford: A Life by Peter Ford

Glenn Ford: A Life

byPeter FordForeword byPatrick Mcgilligan

Paperback | May 12, 2011

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friends, and professional associates, and snippets from the Ford family collection of diaries, letters, audiotapes, unpublished interviews, and rare candid photos.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

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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.
Title:Glenn Ford: A LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:358 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:May 12, 2011Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:029928154X

ISBN - 13:9780299281540


Rated 5 out of 5 by from GLENN FORD : A GREAT ACTOR - FILM BIOGRAPHY AT IT'S BEST! Finally, my favourite actor's life has been captured and preserved in this engaging biography, a true accomplishment and contribution to film biography. Peter Ford immediately draws the reader into the family's Canadian history and the challenges presented in becoming a professional actor in Hollywood. Every student of film should read this book. It is thoughtful, engaging, intelligently written and filled with first-hand information about Hollywood's Golden Age. It reads like a voyage you hope will never end. Glenn Ford was a most accomplished actor who exquisitely depicted the essence of every fascinating character he portrayed throughout his prolific career. Russell Crowe was good in 3:10 to Yuma, but Glenn Ford was superlative as Ben Wade in the original film. We need more Glenn Fords in film today. 'He is a genuine American movie star' - Sidney Poitier, 2005" []. Thank You Peter Ford for writing this book, I had been searching for a quality biography about Glenn Ford for many years. Readers, if you like classic films and biographies, this is a MUST READ. Canadians, it is time Glenn Ford receives his Star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto.
Date published: 2011-07-15

Table of Contents

Foreword by Patrick McGilligan

1. Gwyllyn Goes to Hollywood        

2. Seeds of Stardom        

3. Love, Marriage, and War        

4. "Amado Mio"

5. "Trouble in Paradise"        

6. "It's Only Make-Believe"        

7. "Fire and Rain"        

8. "Rock Around the Clock"        

9. "Glory Days"        

10. "Singin' the Blues"        

11. "Cat's in the Cradle"        

12. "Auld Lang Syne"        

13. "Hard to Say"        

14. "Devil or Angel"        

15. "Lyin' Eyes"        

Epilogue: "Yesterday"        


Glenn Ford Filmography        



Editorial Reviews

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