Van Johnson: MGM's Golden Boy (Hollywood Legends Series) by Ronald L. Davis

By Ronald L. Davis

Van Johnson's mind-blowing smile, surprise of pink hair, and suntanned freckled cheeks made him a movie-star icon. between teenaged women within the Forties, he was once popularized because the bobbysoxer's heartthrob.

He received the nation's middle, too, by way of showing in a sequence of blockbuster warfare films--A man Named Joe, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Weekend on the Waldorf, and Battleground. Perennially a number one guy contrary June Allyson, Esther Williams, Judy Garland, and Janet Leigh, he rose to status radiating the light photo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer selected for him, that of an affable, healthy boy-next-door. Legions of adoring moviegoers have been captivated via this idealized character that generated large box-office earnings for the studio.

However, Johnson's off-screen existence used to be now not so sunny. His mom had rejected him in youth, and he lived his grownup lifestyles facing sexual ambivalence. a wedding was once prepared with the ex-wife of his ally, the actor Keenan Wynn. in the course of the waning years of Hollywood's Golden Age, she and Johnson lived amid the glow of Hollywood's A-crowd. but their inner most existence was once charged with stress and conflict.

Although morose and reclusive via nature, Johnson maintained a happy-go-lucky façade, even between co-workers who knew him as a congenial, committed specialist. as soon as freed from the golden-boy stereotype, he turned a revered actor assigned stellar roles in such acclaimed movies as State of the Union, Command Decision, The final Time I observed Paris, and The Caine Mutiny.

With the dying of the large studios, Johnson again to the level, the place he had all started his occupation as a song-and-dance guy. After this, he seemed usually in tv indicates, played in nightclubs, and have become the mythical darling of older audiences at the dinner playhouse circuit. Johnson (1916-2008) spent his post-Hollywood years residing in solitude in big apple City.

This stable, completely researched biography lines the profession and impression of a favourite big name and narrates a desirable, occasionally lifestyles story.

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