The Garner Files: A Memoir by James Garner, Jon Winokur

By James Garner, Jon Winokur

One in all Hollywood’s all-time nice prime males, James Garner loved a amazing profession spanning six many years, and even if you recognize him as Bret Maverick or Jim Rockford, his charm bridges generations. Few understand the true tale, now informed during this intimate memoir of starting to be up in Depression-era Oklahoma and prevailing in Hollywood.

After actual abuse by the hands of his stepmother, Garner left domestic at fourteen. He was once Oklahoma’s first draftee of the Korean struggle, receiving red Hearts for wrestle wounds. again in la short of a role, Garner reluctantly attempted performing and used to be stunned to discover his profession starting off. operating with such luminaries as Julie Andrews, Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen, and Clint Eastwood, he turned a celeb in his personal correct. He threw himself into his paintings, and regardless of degree fright and bouts of melancholy, consistent actual ache and epic battles with the Hollywood institution, he turned the performing similar of a countrywide monument.

Written with Jon Winokur, The Garner documents is a wry, attractive self-portrait chronicling the vagaries of a display occupation besides the forged of private characters that assisted in shaping an exceptional American lifestyles.

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47). B l u m e n t h a l (1997) m i g h t a d d t h a t t h e g e n d e r e d i m a g e i n t h i s c a s e i s o n e of t h e f e w p r o d u c e d p r i m a r i l y b y w o m e n . Within the television industry, soap operas always h a v e b e e n a n d r e m a i n " a p i n k g h e t t o " ( C o o p e r s , q u o t e d i n S u s m a n , 1997, p . 14). A s k e d w h y t h e n e t w o r k d a y t i m e t e l e v i s i o n offices a r e t h e o n l y o n e s staffed p r i m a r i l y b y w o m e n , D o n a C o o p e r s , senior vice p r e s i d e n t for d a y t i m e p r o g r a m m i n g a t A B C , s u g g e s t s t h a t it is b e c a u s e " w o m e n a r e m o r e comfortable with emotions, with having desires" (quoted in Susman, 1997, p .

2 4 0 ) . B y 1 9 4 2 , r a d i o s o a p o p e r a s h a d 20 m i l l i o n l i s t e n e r s ( H e r z o g , 1944). D u r i n g t h e 1950s, s o a p s w e r e o n e of t h e f e w g e n r e s t o m a k e t h e l e a p t o t e l e v i s i o n s u c c e s s f u l l y ( M a c d o n a l d , 1979). A l t h o u g h t h e i r v i e w e r s h i p h a s w a n e d i n r e c e n t y e a r s , s o a p o p e r a s r e m a i n e d p o p u l a r into t h e 1990s. T h e u b i q u i t y of s o a p s m i g h t e x p l a i n t h e p r e s e n c e of a s t e r e o t y p e b u t d o e s n o t i n i t s e l f e x p l a i n t h e n e g a t i v e c o n t e n t of t h a t s t e r e o t y p e .

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