Please see the separate page for reviews of Scott’s 2014 books, “John Wayne: The Life and Legend,” published April 1, 2014 (Simon & Schuster); and “You Must Remember This,” with Robert Wagner, published March 11, 2014 (Viking Books).
Traveling is done for the moment, though interviews with TV, radio and newspapers (print and digital) continue. Scott’s talked with folks from Canada, England, Ireland, and Hungary, to name a few places. The Duke abides!
JUNE 2: Scott was at the Museum of Modern Art, at 7:30 p.m., for a showing of “In Harm’s Way”- and he signed books then, too.
JUNE 2: A repeat appearance on the popular, nationally syndicated Michael Medved radio show – taping this day!
JUNE 3: Scott taped an appearance on TV’s “Inside Edition” – it aired June 5.
JUNE 6-8: Off to Dublin, Ireland, for a John Ford symposium. Scott was interviewed on June 7, and was involved during the symposium. He introduced the amazing film year 1939 on opening night, right before “Stagecoach” was shown on a (really) big screen. Thrilling! More details here:
Here are some shots from in and around Dublin, Ireland:
HE WAS HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE ——
MAY 24 – Scott was a guest at the John Wayne Birthplace Celebration in Winterset, Iowa. He was part of a panel discussion with Aissa Wayne, Glenn Frankel and Lana Wood. He also signed books at the event. More here:
MAY 28 - Scott appeared at the Milwaukee Public Market for a Public Library Fundraiser. More information here:
LISTEN TO SCOTT ON NPR – AN INTERVIEW WITH DIANE REHM
Scott was interviewed by NPR’s Diane Rehm on April 8 – it’s a great hourlong look at the John Wayne book, plus a Q/A from Diane’s audience:
Just click below -
Scott visited Monument Valley as part of a special from CBS Sunday Morning. It’s about that land as the quintessential American film backdrop. Scott spoke about John Ford, and John Wayne and the influence of those two matched with the awe-inspiring Utah landscape. It aired March 2, as part of the Academy Award specials leading up to the big event that night. You can watch the video here:
RICHARD WALL BOOK AWARD
In 2011, Scott won the Theatre Library Associations’s national Richard Wall Memorial Book Award!
Read all about it by clicking here.
Welcome to the site for film historian/author/book critic Scott Eyman.
If you know his work, you know this is a quality site. If you’re new to Scott’s writing, then you’re in for a treat.
BIG news! Scott had two more books published in 2014:
March 11, 2014: “You Must Remember This,” a second collaboration with noted film star Robert Wagner, about movie star life off the lot in Hollywood’s heyday. This book is published by Viking Books.
April 1, 2014: “John Wayne: The Life and Legend,” a biography of the Duke, from this premier film biographer. Published by Simon & Schuster.
Both are available now on Amazon.com.
Scott broke the exciting news in 2010 about a previously undiscovered Charlie Chaplin film. Click here for the story.
Best known as the director of such spectacular films as The Ten Commandments and King of Kings, Cecil B. DeMille lived a life as epic as any of his cinematic masterpieces.
As a child DeMille learned the bible from his father, a lay minister and playwright who introduced Cecil and his older brother, William, to the theater. Tutored by impresario David Belasco, DeMille discovered how audiences responded to showmanship: sets, lights, costumes, etc. He took this knowledge with him to Los Angeles in 1913, where he became one of the movie pioneers, in partnership with Jesse Lasky and Lasky’s brother-in-law Samuel Goldfish (later Goldwyn). Working out of a barn on streets fragrant with orange blossom and pepper trees, the Lasky company turned out a string of successful silents, most of them directed by DeMille, who became one of the biggest names of the silent era. With films such as The Squaw Man, Brewster’s Millions, Joan the Woman, and Don’t Change Your Husband, he was the creative backbone of what would become Paramount Studios. In 1923, he created the first version of The Ten Commandments, and later a second biblical epic, King of Kings, both enormous box-office successes.
Although his reputation rests largely on the biblical epics he made, DeMille’s personal life was no morality tale. He remained married to his wife, Constance, for more than 50 years, but for most of the marriage he had three mistresses simultaneously, all of whom worked for him. He showed great loyalty to a small group of actors who knew his style, but he also discovered some major stars, among them Gloria Swanson, Claudette Colbert, and later, Charlton Heston.
DeMille was one of the few silent-era directors who made a completely successful transition to sound. The Greatest Show on Earth won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1952. When he re-made The Ten Commandment in 1956, it was an even bigger hit than the silent version. In Billy Wilder’s classic film of the era, Sunset Boulevard, DeMille memorably played himself.
In the 1930s and 1940s, DeMille became a household name thanks to the “Lux Radio Theater,” which he hosted. But after falling out with a union, he gave up the program and his politics shifted to the right as he championed loyalty oaths and Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s anticommunist witch hunts.
As Scott Eyman brilliantly demonstrates in this superbly researched biography, which draws on a massive cache of DeMille family papers not available to previous biographers, DeMille was much more than his cliché image. A gifted director who worked in many genres; a devoted family man and loyal friend with a highly unconventional personal life; a pioneering filmmaker, DeMille comes alive in these pages, a legend whose spectacular career defined an era.
Read the LA Times review here. In 2011, this book was awarded the national Richard Wall Memorial Book Award.