By Marc Eliot
Ronald Reagan used to be the most robust and renowned American presidents. the major to knowing his political luck and the amazing likability and easy air of secrecy that made it attainable is hidden in his early years as a Hollywood motion picture star.
Other biographers and Reagan in his memoirs have skimmed over the thirty years he spent as an actor, union activist, and ladies' guy. Now, for the 1st time, during this hugely interesting and provocative new paintings, acclaimed movie critic and historian Marc Eliot finds the reality of these youth and offers a much assorted and infinitely extra specific portrait of Reagan than ever prior to.
Based on unique examine and never-before-published interviews, records, and different fabrics, Eliot sheds new gentle on Reagan's movie and tv paintings contrary essentially the most gifted girls of the time, together with Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, and Ginger Rogers; his starlet-strewn bachelor days whilst his identify was once associated with Lana Turner and Susan Hayward; his first, rocky marriage to actress Jane Wyman and his career-making moment marriage to Nancy Davis; his arguable 8 years because the president of the reveal Actors Guild; his friendships with Jimmy Stewart and William Holden; his position within the "Irish Mafia" along Pat O'Brien, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and Errol Flynn; and the an important function of super-agent Lew Wasserman, who used to be instrumental in constructing the personality that might turn out necessary to Reagan's destiny as an international leader.
Set opposed to the glamorous and sometimes combative history of Hollywood's celebrated Golden Age, Eliot's biography presents an extremely nuanced exam of the guy and uncovers the startling origins of the legend.
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