Van Johnson : MGM's golden boy

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Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2001].
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xiii, 256 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
1578063779, 9781578063772


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Includes Filmography: pages 241-242.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-239) and index.
"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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APA Citation (style guide)

Davis, R. L. (2001). Van Johnson: MGM's golden boy . University Press of Mississippi.

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Davis, Ronald L. 2001. Van Johnson: MGM's Golden Boy. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

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Davis, Ronald L. Van Johnson: MGM's Golden Boy Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001.

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Davis, Ronald L. Van Johnson: MGM's Golden Boy University Press of Mississippi, 2001.

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