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Van Johnson : MGM's golden boy

Author: Ronald L Davis
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, ©2001.
Series: Hollywood legends series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Van Johnson's dazzling smile, shock of red hair, and suntanned freckled cheeks made him a movie-star icon. Among teenaged girls in the 1940s he was popularized as the bobbysoxer's heartthrob. He won the nation's heart, too, by appearing in a series of blockbuster war films - A Guy Named Joe, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, and Battleground. Perennially a leading man opposite June Allyson, Esther Williams, Judy Garland,
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Van Johnson; Van Johnson; Van Johnson, Schauspieler.; Van Johnson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald L Davis
ISBN: 1578063779 9781578063772
OCLC Number: 45621001
Notes: Includes Filmography: p. 241-242.
Description: xiii, 256 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Newport --
New York --
Early Hollywood --
Heartthrob --
Trouble in Paradise --
Resilient MGM Star --
Freelance Actor --
Holding Together --
Later Years.
Series Title: Hollywood legends series.
Responsibility: Ronald L. Davis.

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"Van Johnson's dazzling smile, shock of red hair, and suntanned freckled cheeks made him a movie-star icon. Among teenaged girls in the 1940s he was popularized as the bobbysoxer's heartthrob. He won the nation's heart, too, by appearing in a series of blockbuster war films - A Guy Named Joe, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, and Battleground. Perennially a leading man opposite June Allyson, Esther Williams, Judy Garland, and Janet Leigh, he rose to fame radiating the sunshine image Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer chose for him, that of an affable, wholesome boy-next-door. Legions of adoring moviegoers were captivated by this idealized persona that generated huge box-office profits for the studio. However, Johnson's off-screen life was not so sunny.

His mother had rejected him in childhood, and he lived his adult life dealing with sexual ambivalence. A marriage was arranged with the ex-wife of his best friend, the actor Keenan Wynn. During the waning years of Hollywood's Golden Age she and Johnson lived amid the glow of Hollywood's A-crowd. Yet their private life was charged with tension and conflict. This biography traces the career and influence of a favorite star and narrates a fascinating, sometimes troubled life story."--Jacket.

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