William Holden: A Biography

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McFarland, Oct 9, 2009 - Performing Arts - 211 pages
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William Holden was a Hollywood star whose career spanned four decades, more than 70 films and three Academy Award nominations. "Golden Holden" won an Oscar for his role in Stalag 17 and, after films like Sunset Blvd., he became one of Hollywood's most powerful stars in the late 1950s. His personal life included international adventures and romances with such stars as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, yet he suffered from alcoholism and clinical depression. This biography covers his entire life and career, from boyhood through his greatest successes, short decline, re-emergence in The Wild Bunch, and his legacy of support for African wildlife.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
1 Wild Boy
5
2 Golden Boy
15
3 Love and War
29
4 Smiling Jim
40
5 Sunset Blvd
50
6 Hollywood Babylon
62
10 World Citizen
111
11 Booze and Tragedy
122
12 The Wild Bunch
135
13 A New Kind of Love
147
14 Lousy Fadeout
158
Filmography
167
Documentaries Television Films and Appearances Radio Programs and Music and Soundtracks
181
Chapter Notes
185

7 Audrey and Grace
77
8 Golden Holden
88
9 The Reluctant Hero
98

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About the author (2009)

Michelangelo Capua is a correspondent for an Italian film magazine and the author of several McFarland biographies of Hollywood film stars. He lives in London.

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