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Tango0126 May 2017 9:55 p.m. PST

"The acid test of a biography is if the reader can put down the book and feel like they have actually met the subject. It is a difficult thing to do and most biographers fail. Not here. Most readers of Marc Eliot's "Charlton Heston: Hollywood's Last Icon" (HarperCollins, 2017) will feel like they have met the actor.

When he was 10, Heston's parents divorced and his mother remarried, giving her son a new first and last name. As it is for many children, the divorce of his parents was a trauma that affected the actor for the rest of his life. He attended Northwestern University where he majored in drama. He did not graduate because of his service in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, but he met the love of his life, Lydia Clarke; the first girl he ever dated who became his wife in 1944. They remained married until his death in 2008.

After the war, Heston and his wife went to New York to become stage and live television actors. The Heston's were barely getting by and Lydia was getting more work than her husband. Then success suddenly struck. Heston made one movie, Dark City (1950) to supplement his work in New York, but while driving on to the Paramount Pictures studio lot, he waved to Cecil B. DeMille. The famed producer/director had already passed on Heston for a role in The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), but was impressed by the confidence he showed in the moment and reconsidered his decision, casting him in the central role. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Heston was suddenly getting numerous roles, but many of the projects are not remembered much for a reason. DeMille intervened in his life a second time, giving him the role of Moses in The Ten Commandments (1956)…"
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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2017 8:41 a.m. PST

Sounds like a good book about a class guy. I miss him.

Tango0127 May 2017 11:28 a.m. PST

Me too!….


Great War Ace Inactive Member28 May 2017 7:23 a.m. PST

He died three days after my Dad. In my mind, they went off together. My Dad was always positive about Heston. Of course, he became "my president" before I actually joined the NRA, and was influential in my joining as a life member. One of my favorite movies is "The Warlord", a huge influence on my getting into medieval wargaming. I could go on……..

Vespasian2828 May 2017 8:01 a.m. PST

One of my favourites too and unlike most of his Hollywood contemporaries did a lot of theatre work. Saw him in a "Man for all Seasons" in London back in the day.

Old Wolfman30 May 2017 6:43 a.m. PST

And even parodied himself on SNL .

Old Wolfman27 Jun 2017 10:50 a.m. PST

Even did ads for Bud Lite, etc.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Aug 2017 8:28 p.m. PST

He's one of my all time favorite actors and I enjoyed every historical epics that he was in. Those types of movies are no longer made.

Tango0123 Aug 2017 11:19 a.m. PST

You are right my good friend!.


Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 5:37 p.m. PST

He was far better than our current crop of male actors.

Made some great movies.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2018 11:06 p.m. PST

One of the best, ever.


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