In the arena: an autobiography

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Simon & Schuster, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 592 pages
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In a memoir that is both eloquent and unstinting, Charlton Heston tells the story of his life and career. Presenting behind-the-scenes accounts of Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments, and many of his other films, he provides invaluable insights into the methods and crafts of some of film's best directors, including Cecil B. DeMille, William Wyler, and George Stevens. 32 pages of photos.

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Review: In the Arena: An Autobiography

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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User Review  - Peter Martin - Goodreads

Charlton Heston's public voice comes through strongly in his autobiography, which is filled with anecdotes from his personal and professional life. But it also appears that he's struggling to be ... Read full review


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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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