Fredric March: Craftsman First, Star Second

Hardcover | April 1, 1996

byDeborah C. Peterson

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Fredric March was one of the foremost actors America produced during the first half of the 20th century, holding the distinction of being one of the five male actors who have won two Academy Awards (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1931; The Best Years of Our Lives, 1946). March also received two Antoinette Perry Awards (Years Ago, 1946; Long Day's Journey Into Night, 1957). Thus, in 1946, for the first time in the history of stage and screen, the highest awards for best performance went to a single actor, Fredric March. Yet, Fredric March is not as well remembered as his contemporaries, such as Bogart and Tracy, screen heroes who shaped their careers by projecting their own personalities. Instead March, endeavored to create a new characterization for each role by concealing his own temperament, becoming the individual he was portraying. From 1939 to 1961 he successfully flourished on the Broadway stage as well as on the Hollywood film lot. After 1961 he gracefully grew old in motion pictures, starring at the age of 75 in the 1973 movie version of O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, two years prior to his death. March was honored posthumously at a joint tribute to the actor from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the American Cinematheque in 1987, 12 years after his death. But, by then, many did not even know who the actor was. In this fascinating biography, Peterson reveals who March was, and why he was a craftsman first, star second. Essential for all researchers interested in film studies and drama.

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Fredric March was one of the foremost actors America produced during the first half of the 20th century, holding the distinction of being one of the five male actors who have won two Academy Awards (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1931; The Best Years of Our Lives, 1946). March also received two Antoinette Perry Awards (Years Ago, 1946; Long ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.52 × 6.46 × 1.17 inPublished:April 1, 1996Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313298025

ISBN - 13:9780313298028

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