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From Sawdust to Stardust: The Biography of DeForest Kelley, Star Trek's Dr. McCoyby Terry Lee Rioux
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In the forty-year history of andlt;Iandgt;Star Trekandlt;/Iandgt;and#174;, none of the television show's actors are more beloved than DeForest Kelley. His portrayal of Leonard "Bones" McCoy, the southern physician aboard the andlt;Iandgt;Starship Enterpriseandlt;/Iandgt;and#153;, brought an unaffected humanity to the groundbreaking space frontier series. andlt;BRandgt; Jackson DeForest Kelley came of age in Depression-era Georgia. He was raised on the sawdust trail, a preacher's kid steeped in his father's literal faith and judgment. But De's natural artistic gifts called him to a different way, and a visit to California at seventeen showed a bright new world. andlt;BRandgt; Theater and radio defined his early career — but it was a World War II training film he made while serving in the Army Air Corps that led to his first Paramount Studios contract. andlt;BRandgt; After years of struggle, his lean, weathered look became well known in notable westerns and television programs such as andlt;Iandgt;You Are Thereandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Bonanza.andlt;/Iandgt; But his work on several pilots for writer-producer Gene Roddenberry changed his destiny and the course of cultural history. andlt;BRandgt; This thoroughly researched actor's life is about hard work and luck, loyalty and love. It is a journey that takes us all...from sawdust to stardust.
This life story of DeForest Kelly, best known for his role as Doctor McCoy on Star Trek, takes readers into the story of his tragedies and triumphs.
About the Author
After earning a baccalaureate degree in anthropology from SUNY Plattsburgh, Terry Lee Rioux joined the United States Coast Guard. Later she earned a Master of Arts degree in history at Lamar University. Terryandrsquo;s professional focus has been the preservation and interpretation of individual life stories in the nineteenth and twentiethth centuries. She lives and works in New Orleans and travels frequently to Los Angeles. She has continued to participate in academic work in Texas through the East Texas Historical Association. Terry is an active volunteer in the collections division of the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. She is the author of andlt;iandgt;From Sawdust to Stardustandlt;/iandgt;.
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