In the Arena: An Autobiography

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 592 pages
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Known for both his legendary film career and his political activism, this Academy-Award winning actor shares the intimate story of his life in a moving autobiography that includes anecdotes about some of Hollywood's biggest names. Reprint.

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User Review  - Roxanne - Goodreads

I really liked this book. He starred in some of the iconic movies that have ever been made. He had a great career. Read full review

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User Review  - Yolonda - Goodreads

More of a history book about his career. I did enjoy reading about his childhood and how he met Lydia, his wife. Some great photos. I can't say I read it word for word. The writing style was a bit dry. RIP, Mr. Heston. I loved your movies, if not your later political views. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Actor Charlton Heston was born John Charles Carter in Evanston, Illinois on October 4, 1924. He attended Northwestern University and served in the United States Army Air Force for two years starting in 1944. He acted in the theater, on television, and in the movies. His films include The Greatest Show on Earth, The Ten Commandments, Planet of the Apes, and El Cid. He won the 1959 Academy Award for best actor for the movie Ben-Hur. He spoke out openly against racism and was an active supporter of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. He served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1965-1971. He served as president of the National Rifle Association from 1998-2003. In 2002, he announced he had Alzheimer's disease and in 2003, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. He died on April 5, 2008.

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