By Marc Eliot
Ronald Reagan used to be essentially the most robust and well known American presidents. the major to figuring out his political good fortune and the awesome likability and easy aura that made it attainable is hidden in his early years as a Hollywood motion picture star.
Other biographers and Reagan in his memoirs have skimmed over the thirty years he spent as an actor, union activist, and ladies' guy. Now, for the 1st time, during this hugely pleasing and provocative new paintings, acclaimed movie critic and historian Marc Eliot unearths the reality of these youth and offers a miles diversified and infinitely extra particular portrait of Reagan than ever ahead of.
Based on unique examine and never-before-published interviews, files, and different fabrics, Eliot sheds new mild on Reagan's movie and tv paintings contrary essentially the most proficient girls of the time, together with Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, and Ginger Rogers; his starlet-strewn bachelor days while his identify was once associated with Lana Turner and Susan Hayward; his first, rocky marriage to actress Jane Wyman and his career-making moment marriage to Nancy Davis; his arguable 8 years because the president of the monitor Actors Guild; his friendships with Jimmy Stewart and William Holden; his position within the "Irish Mafia" along Pat O'Brien, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and Errol Flynn; and the the most important function of super-agent Lew Wasserman, who used to be instrumental in constructing the character that will turn out necessary to Reagan's destiny as a global leader.
Set opposed to the glamorous and infrequently combative historical past of Hollywood's celebrated Golden Age, Eliot's biography offers a really nuanced exam of the fellow and uncovers the startling origins of the legend.
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At the Santa Monica Pier, a waiting ferry took them for the hour ride over to Catalina. Reagan couldn’t take his eyes off the beautiful blue waters of the Pacific. Stepping onto land there, all the players and Reagan went to their assigned lockers and changed. The team donned their summer lights to practice, while Reagan put on a bathing suit. Without saying a word to anyone, he slipped away, went back to the pier, stood with his toes on the edge, put his arms straight up and close to his ears, took a deep breath, and plunged headfirst into the ocean.
Reagan stopped frowning. MacArthur asked if he could radiobroadcast a football game and “make me see it”? Dutch assured him he could. MacArthur then took him to an empty studio, told him to start talking when the red light went on, and to re-create a game in his mind’s eye that he, MacArthur, would be able to see. Reagan waited, and on cue, proceeded to conjure up a game he’d played in at Eureka. The words came tumbling out of his mouth: “Here we are in the fourth quarter with Western State University leading Eureka College six to nothing .
While in An American Life, he says the call came in February. It remains unclear when the call actually came, but either way, Reagan did return to WOC to do the football games that were broadcast beginning sometime in March. * Reagan left Dixon the next day and returned to Davenport. For the next several weeks, Reagan served as a jack-of-all-trades at the station, sometimes playing records, sometimes making public service announcements, sometimes doing the weather, occasionally reading a commercial.