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Lew Ayres: Hollywood's Conscientious Objector (Hollywood Legend)

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Lew Ayres (1908-1996) became known to the public when he portrayed the leading character in the epic war film All Quiet on the Western Front. The role made him a household name, introduced him to his closest friends, brought him to the attention of his first two wives, and would overshadow the rest of his career. To be a movie star was his first and only ambition as a child, but once he found success, he was never fully satisfied in his choice of profession. Although lacking a formal education, Ayres spent the rest of his life pursuing dozens of intellectual studies, interests, and hobbies. He even considered ended his acting career after just a few years to pursue a more "respectable and fulfilling" path as a director.

Ayres was given not one but two comeback opportunities in his acting career, in 1938 and 1945. He was cast in the film series Dr. Kildare where he showed his abilities in comedy and his unique strength at bringing a level of sincerity to even the most outlandish or idealist character. But he was willing to give up his star status in order to follow his moral compass, first as a conscientious objector and ultimately as a noncombat medic during World War II. To everyone's surprise, he was welcomed back to Hollywood with open arms and new opportunities despite his objector status.

Biographer Lesley L. Coffin presents the story of a man of quiet dignity, constantly searching for the right way to live his life and torn between the public world of Hollywood and secluded life of spiritual introspection.

Synopsis:

A biography of the accomplished actor and staunch pacifist who changed the way America considers grounds for conscientious objection

About the Author

Lesley L. Coffin is an independent scholar and M.A. candidate in biographical studies at New York University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781617036378
Author:
Coffin, Lesley L.
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Author:
Gates, Marya E.
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Film
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50, 50 bandw
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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