Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews

Front Cover
Univ. Press of Mississippi, Jun 22, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 314 pages
2 Reviews

Dana Andrews (1909-1992) worked with distinguished directors such as John Ford, Lewis Milestone, Otto Preminger, Fritz Lang, William Wyler, William A. Wellman, Mervyn Le Roy, Jean Renoir, and Elia Kazan. He played romantic leads alongside the great beauties of the modern screen, including Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Greer Garson, Merle Oberon, Linda Darnell, Susan Hayward, Maureen O'Hara, and most important of all, Gene Tierney, with whom he did five films. Retrospectives of his work often elicit high praise for an underrated actor, a master of the minimalist style. His image personified the "male mask" of the 1940s in classic films such as Laura, Fallen Angel, and Where the Sidewalk Ends, in which he played the "masculine ideal of steely impassivity." No comprehensive discussion of film noir can neglect his performances. He was an "actor's actor."

Here at last is the complete story of a great actor, his difficult struggle to overcome alcoholism while enjoying the accolades of his contemporaries, a successful term as president of the Screen Actors Guild, and the love of family and friends that never deserted him. Based on diaries, letters, home movies, and other documents, this biography explores the mystery of a poor boy from Texas who made his Hollywood dream come true even as he sought a life apart from the limelight and the backbiting of contemporaries jockeying for prizes and prestige. Called "one of nature's noblemen" by his fellow actor Norman Lloyd, Dana Andrews emerges from Hollywood Enigma as an admirable American success story, fighting his inner demons and ultimately winning.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Eliz12 - LibraryThing

This is a deeply uneven biography which l found at times fascinating and at times dreary. "Hollywood Enigma" is filled with detailed plot accounts of each of Andrews's films - why was this necessary ... Read full review

Bought as a gift

User Review  - marte849 - Overstock.com

Cant really rate. Bought this as gift for someone who wanted this book. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
CHAPTER 1 Dont Miss
6
CHAPTER 2 The Patriarch 18811924
17
CHAPTER 3 Go Hollywood Young Man 192429
36
CHAPTER 4 To Be an Actor 192932
43
CHAPTER 5 Mediocrity Is Not My Lot 193235
58
CHAPTER 6 Holding On 193536
73
CHAPTER 7 Pasadena 193638
77
CHAPTER 13 The Name above the Title 1947
199
CHAPTER 14 What Is This Thing I Do to Women? 194750
203
CHAPTER 15 Hollywood Fights Back 194757
215
CHAPTER 16 Period of Adjustment 195053
226
CHAPTER 17 Home and Abroad Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 195357
238
CHAPTER 18 Sobriety 195864
256
CHAPTER 19 Ruin and Recovery 196472
270
CHAPTER 20 Curtain Call 197292
279

CHAPTER 8 Goldwyn 193841
99
CHAPTER 9 Fox 194144
117
CHAPTER 10 Laura 1944
150
CHAPTER 11 Stardom 194445
165
CHAPTER 12 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946
191
Sources
287
Filmography
295
Bibliography
297
Index
302
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

Carl Rollyson is professor of journalism at Baruch College, CUNY. He is the author of more than thirty books, including biographies of Marilyn Monroe, Lillian Hellman, Martha Gellhorn, Norman Mailer, Rebecca West, and Susan Sontag. He is the advisory editor of the Hollywood Legends series.

Bibliographic information