By the time Stagecoach made John Wayne a silver-screen star in 1939, the thirty-one-year-old was already a veteran of more than sixty films, having twirled six-guns and foiled cattle rustlers in B Westerns for five studios. By the 1950s he was Hollywood's most popular actor-an Academy Award nominee destined to become an American icon. This biography reveals the story of his early life, illustrated with rare archival images.
Chris Enss is an award-winning screenwriter and the author or coauthor of more than two dozen books. She lives in Grass Valley, California. Howard Kazanjian is an award-winning producer and entertainment executive who for three decades has been producing television programs and feature films, including two of the highest grossing films of all time, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. He lives in San Marino, California. Kazanjian and Enss have coauthored several other books for Two Dot/Globe Pequot Press, including The Trials of Annie Oakley, The Cowboy and the Senorita, Mochi's War, Sam Sixkiller, Death Row All Stars, Happy Trails, Thunder Over the Prairie, and Ma Barker.