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Charlton Heston - Hollywood's Last Icon

Marc Eliot

The first biography of one of the most fascinating, complex, and polarizing legends of cinema's golden age, Charlton Heston, from the bestselling, prize-winning author of Cary Grant, Walt Disney, and American Rebel. With unforgettable performances such as Moses in The Ten Commandments, the anguished astronaut George Taylor in 1968's Planet of the Apes, and the eponymous Ben-Hur-for which he won an Academy Award-Charlton Heston cemented his place in the pantheon of twentieth-century Hollywood royalty. But his fame as an actor was matched by his political activism. A democrat in his early years, Heston became a staunch supporter of Richard Nixon and Reagan republicanism. He was also president of the National Rifle Association-an outspoken crusader for gun rights whose incendiary words, "from my cold, dead hands" incensed liberals and became a maxim for Second Amendment supporters. At long last, New York Times bestselling author Marc Eliot tells the story of Heston's life and six-decade-long career in full detail. Granted exclusive access to Heston's diaries, letters, and personal estate, Eliot skillfully unfolds the complicated story of this iconic actor, illuminating his greatest achievements as well as his greatest failures and regrets. Eliot examines how a boy from backwoods Michigan became Hollywood's leading heroic actor-a star who not only battled for the plumiest roles, but to maintain his identity in the dreamscape of Tinseltown. As he lays bare this intriguing figure's life, Eliot exposes the dirty world of Hollywood mythmaking and Heston's crucial role in it. Eliot's moving, artful, and honest biography pays tribute to this movie legend and reveals not only how Heston's famous persona came into being, but why. Shedding new light on one of America's greatest stars, Eliot creates an incisive and compelling portrait for both longtime fans and a generation newly discovering the storied star.

The first biography of one of the most fascinating, complex, and polarizing legends of cinema's golden age, Charlton Heston, from the bestselling, prize-winning author of Cary Grant, Walt Disney, and American Rebel. With unforgettable performances such as Moses in The Ten Commandments, the anguished astronaut George Taylor in 1968's Planet of the Apes, and the eponymous Ben-Hur-for which he won an Academy Award-Charlton Heston cemented his place in the pantheon of twentieth-century Hollywood royalty. But his fame as an actor was matched by his political activism. A democrat in his early years, Heston became a staunch supporter of Richard Nixon and Reagan republicanism. He was also president of the National Rifle Association-an outspoken crusader for gun rights whose incendiary words, "from my cold, dead hands" incensed liberals and became a maxim for Second Amendment supporters. At long last, New York Times bestselling author Marc Eliot tells the story of Heston's life and six-decade-long career in full detail. Granted exclusive access to Heston's diaries, letters, and personal estate, Eliot skillfully unfolds the complicated story of this iconic actor, illuminating his greatest achievements as well as his greatest failures and regrets. Eliot examines how a boy from backwoods Michigan became Hollywood's leading heroic actor-a star who not only battled for the plumiest roles, but to maintain his identity in the dreamscape of Tinseltown. As he lays bare this intriguing figure's life, Eliot exposes the dirty world of Hollywood mythmaking and Heston's crucial role in it. Eliot's moving, artful, and honest biography pays tribute to this movie legend and reveals not only how Heston's famous persona came into being, but why. Shedding new light on one of America's greatest stars, Eliot creates an incisive and compelling portrait for both longtime fans and a generation newly discovering the storied star.
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The first biography of one of the most fascinating, complex, and polarizing legends of cinema's golden age, Charlton Heston, from the bestselling, prize-winning author of Cary Grant, Walt Disney, and American Rebel. With unforgettable performances such as Moses in The Ten Commandments, the anguished astronaut George Taylor in 1968's Planet of the Apes, and the eponymous Ben-Hur-for which he won an Academy Award-Charlton Heston cemented his place in the pantheon of twentieth-century Hollywood royalty. But his fame as an actor was matched by his political activism. A democrat in his early years, Heston became a staunch supporter of Richard Nixon and Reagan republicanism. He was also president of the National Rifle Association-an outspoken crusader for gun rights whose incendiary words, "from my cold, dead hands" incensed liberals and became a maxim for Second Amendment supporters. At long last, New York Times bestselling author Marc Eliot tells the story of Heston's life and six-decade-long career in full detail. Granted exclusive access to Heston's diaries, letters, and personal estate, Eliot skillfully unfolds the complicated story of this iconic actor, illuminating his greatest achievements as well as his greatest failures and regrets. Eliot examines how a boy from backwoods Michigan became Hollywood's leading heroic actor-a star who not only battled for the plumiest roles, but to maintain his identity in the dreamscape of Tinseltown. As he lays bare this intriguing figure's life, Eliot exposes the dirty world of Hollywood mythmaking and Heston's crucial role in it. Eliot's moving, artful, and honest biography pays tribute to this movie legend and reveals not only how Heston's famous persona came into being, but why. Shedding new light on one of America's greatest stars, Eliot creates an incisive and compelling portrait for both longtime fans and a generation newly discovering the storied star.

Language:

English

Length:

19h 34m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:41


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

21:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

19:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

29:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

26:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

42:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

55:27


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:59


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

16:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

43:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:20


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

31:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

50:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

33:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

23:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

27:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

23:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

22:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

20:43


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

29:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

29:57


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

23:43


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

41:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

58:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

48:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

27:48


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

33:56


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

23:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

21:13


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

36:55


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

28:04


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

22:52


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

33:10


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

15:39


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

22:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

28:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

29:44


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:28


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

16:38


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:55


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

01:00