Tyrone Power
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Tyrone Power
Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr., usually credited as Tyrone Power and known sometimes as Ty Power, was an American film and stage actor who appeared in dozens of films from the 1930s to the 1950s, often in swashbuckler roles or romantic leads such as in The Mark of Zorro, Blood and Sand, The Black Swan, Prince of Foxes, The Black Rose, and Captain from Castile.
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A Push-Button Hemingway Soundtrack
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IN a game of Six Degrees of Ernest Hemingway it might take a while to get to David Lee Roth, the founding frontman for the rock band Van Halen. But Papa Hemingway and Diamond Dave are united in virility at the New York Theater Workshop, where Mr. Roth's arena-size yelps are among the atmospheric audio effects in ''The Select (The Sun Also Rises),''
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SWEAT; Teaching the Art Of Surviving the Duel
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IT was a perfectly peaceful late summer evening in downtown Manhattan, but a few steps off the sidewalk on Broome Street, two swordsmen tilted heavy Spanish rapiers at each other. Each keenly focused on the other's three-foot-long steel blade. After a circular, predatory dance, they clashed, laying into each other with a great clanking as furious
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Teaching the Art of Surviving the Duel - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
Treat yourself to some Douglas Fairbanks Sr. or, better yet, Basil Rathbone, who shows his blade prowess against Tyrone Power in the 1940 film “The Mark of Zorro.” The son of Puerto Rican-born parents, Mr. Martínez grew up in the South Bronx,
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No Little Brown Brothers here - Inquirer.net
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Each of the three films was helmed by a noteworthy director: Edward Dmytrk, John Ford, and Fritz Lang respectively, though Lang once said that Guerrilla (with Tyrone Power in the lead) was the least favorite of his films. Back to Bataan alludes to the
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Artful machinations of Robert Pease - Napa Valley Register
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Pease said that Bing Crosby opened movies with a Cord and other film stars of the era, including Sonja Henie, Tyrone Power and Carmen Miranda, owned them. Tom Mix, the hero of hundreds of cowboy flicks, died with his boots on in a Cord 812 convertible
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Hollywood Starlet Bravely Faced Her Mental Health Issues - Philadelphia Magazine (blog)
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On this night, Abraham was off (mabye pointlessly sandbagging his Manhattan apartment) so I got to see the original film adaptation starring Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, John Payne and Gene Tierney. It was an odd coincidence because I had recently read
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Sunday Favorites: The Rise and Fall of the Pink Palace - The Bradenton Times
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Rumor has it that A-list stars like Rita Hayworth, Clark Gable, Tyrone Power, Babe Ruth, Al Capone, Dizzy Dean and even Herbert Hoover were guests at the upscale resort. During the late 1920s, Palmetto had a professional baseball stadium where the
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Linda Darnell Movie Schedule: FALLEN ANGEL, HANGOVER SQUARE, DAY-TIME WIFE - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Cast: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Dean Jagger. BW-113 mins. 12:45 PM TWO FLAGS WEST (1950) A bitter Union commander is forced to accept Confederate prisoners to help fight an Indian war. Dir: Robert Wise. Cast: Joseph Cotten, Linda Darnell,
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Ten movies that speak to Utah's history and character - Salt Lake Tribune
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But here goes: Director Henry Hathaway turns the story of the Mormon migration to Utah into a rousing adventure, with a love story between Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell, and a cool depiction of the Mormon Cricket infestation
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The Artist Trailer: Silent Starpower - Movieline
Google News - over 5 years
Dujardin here as the Tyrone Power role. Until then, we have The Artist to fill the nostalgic void. (Though, point of order: This is a '20s movie, and the first song we hear is 1936's “Sing, Sing, Sing.” Hmmm.) VERDICT: Who the hell wouldn't want to see
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Historic Theatre Foundation to offer behind-the-scenes Pasadena Playhouse tours - Pasadena Star-News
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The Spanish Revival-style playhouse - one of the oldest producing theatrical companies in the nation and an official state theater of California - has launched the careers of actors from Dana Andrews, Tyrone Power and William Holden to Gene Hackman,
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Screen siren and real life temptress had claim as first Bond girl - The Age
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Her celebrity came from her marriages to the handsome film stars Tyrone Power and Edmund Purdom, and her liaisons with various wealthy playboys and bullfighters, rather than her limited acting ability. Her extravagant, cosmopolitan lifestyle derived
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Tyrone power past Roscommon - Setanta Sports Ireland
Google News - over 5 years
Roscommon stayed with Tyrone for 40 minutes but ultimately the more experienced Red Hand men prevailed in the Round Four qualifier at Croke Park on Saturday. The final score, 3-19 to 1-14, did not reflect the balance of the
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Maureen O'Hara to receive major honour today - RTE.ie
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The Dublin actress (born Maureen FitzSimons), who turns 91 on August 17, is a genuine Irish acting legend who graced the silver screen for over five decades opposite such leading men as Tyrone Power, Errol Flynn, James Stewart and her own personal
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Old Savannah Theatre has become a popular live show - Savannah Morning News
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Icons such as Fanny Davenport, EH Sothern, Julia Marlowe, Otis Skinner, Henry Irving, Tyrone Power, Ellen Terry, Oscar Wilde, Lillian Russell, Sarah Bernhardt, WC Fields and Edwin Booth made the theater a favorite venue for everyone from Savannah's
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Linda Christian, 1923-2011 - The Weekly Standard (blog)
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Linda had relationships with everybody from Errol Flynn (yes, we are talking about a long time ago), who discovered Linda in Acapulco when she was a teenager, to Tyrone Power, whom she married in 1949 in the “wedding of the century” in Rome
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Suu Kyi holds talks with govt - The News International
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LOS ANGELES: Actress Linda Christian, who married Hollywood leading man Tyrone Power and became the first Bond girl, has died aged 87, her daughter Romina Power said. Christian, who starred in the 1954 television adaptation of Ian Fleming's debut novel
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tyrone Power
    FORTIES
  • 1958
    Age 43
    Power's will, filed on December 8, 1958, contained a then-unusual provision.
    More Details Hide Details It stated his wish that, upon his death, his eyes be donated to the Estelle Doheny Eye Foundation, for such purposes as the trustees of the foundation should deem advisable, including transplantation of the cornea to the eyes of a living person or for retinal study. Deborah Power gave birth to their son, Tyrone Power IV, on January 22, 1959, some two months after Power's death. Tyrone Power is one of the top 100 box-office moneymakers of all time. For Power's contribution to motion pictures, in 1960, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, that can be found at 6747 Hollywood Blvd. On the 50th anniversary of his death, Power was honored by American Cinematheque with a weekend of films and remembrances by co-stars and family, and a memorabilia display. The event was held at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles from November 14–16, 2008.
    Power was interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (then known as Hollywood Cemetery) in a military service at noon on November 21, 1958.
    More Details Hide Details Flying over the service was Henry King. Almost 20 years before, Tyrone had flown in King's plane to the set of Jesse James in Missouri. It was then that Power had his first experience of flying, which became a big part of his life, both in the U.S. Marines and as a civilian. In the foreword to Dennis Belafonte's The Films of Tyrone Power, King said, "Knowing his love for flying and feeling that I had started it, I flew over his funeral procession and memorial park during his burial, and felt that he was with me." Power was laid to rest beside a small lake, in one of the most beautiful parts of the cemetery. His grave is marked by a unique tombstone, in the form of a marble bench. On the tombstone are the masks of comedy and tragedy, with the inscription "Good night, sweet prince." At his grave Laurence Olivier read the poem "High Flight."
    In September 1958, Power and his wife Deborah went to Madrid and Valdespartera, Spain, to film the epic Solomon and Sheba, to be directed by King Vidor, co-starring Gina Lollobrigida.
    More Details Hide Details Power had filmed about 75 percent of his scenes when he was stricken by a massive heart attack while filming a dueling scene with his frequent co-star and friend, George Sanders. He was driven dying to the hotel Castellana Hilton at 12:45 am, they arrived in just 10 minutes, he fainted at the reception of the hotel, just when doctor Torroba arrives and orders to move him immediately to the hospital, with Power still dressed as King Solomon. The doctors tried for an hour to revive Power. Doctor Juan Olaguíbel diagnosed the death as a "fulminant Angina pectoris": the blood choking the aorta, impeding breathing.
    They were married on May 7, 1958, and she became pregnant soon after with the son he had always wanted.
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    Power returned to the stage in March, 1958 to play the lead in Arnold Moss's adaptation of Shaw's 1921 play, Back to Methuselah.
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  • 1957
    Age 42
    However, in 1957, he met Deborah Ann Minardos.
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  • 1955
    Age 40
    They divorced in 1955.
    More Details Hide Details After his divorce from Christian, Power had a long-lasting love affair with Mai Zetterling, whom he had met on the set of Abandon Ship. At the time, he vowed that he would never marry again, because he had been twice burned financially by his previous marriages. He also entered into an affair with a British actress, Thelma Ruby.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1953
    Age 38
    A second daughter, Taryn Stephanie Power, was born on September 13, 1953.
    More Details Hide Details Around the time of Taryn's birth, the marriage was becoming rocky. In her autobiography, Christian blamed the breakup of her marriage on her husband's extramarital affairs, but acknowledged that she had had an affair with Edmund Purdom, which created great tension between Christian and her husband.
  • 1951
    Age 36
    Christian miscarried three times before giving birth to a baby girl, Romina Francesca Power, on October 2, 1951.
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  • 1949
    Age 34
    Power and Christian were married on January 27, 1949, in the Church of Santa Francesca, with an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 screaming fans outside.
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  • 1948
    Age 33
    However, in 1948 when "The Geek" reached Rome, Power met and fell in love with Linda Christian.
    More Details Hide Details Turner claimed that the story of her dining out with Power's friend Frank Sinatra was leaked to Power and that Power became very upset that she was "dating" another man in his absence. Turner also claimed that it could not have been a coincidence that Linda Christian was at the same hotel as Tyrone Power and implied that Christian had obtained Power's itinerary from 20th Century Fox.
  • 1947
    Age 32
    On September 1, 1947, Power set out on a goodwill trip around the world, piloting his own plane, "The Geek".
    More Details Hide Details He flew with Bob Buck, an experienced pilot and war veteran. Buck stated in his autobiography that Power had a photographic mind, was an excellent pilot, and genuinely liked people. They flew with a crew to various locations in Europe and South Africa, often mobbed by fans when they hit the ground.
    In a March 1947 issue of Photoplay, Power was interviewed and said that he wanted a home and children, especially a son to carry on his acting legacy.
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  • 1946
    Age 31
    They were legally separated in the fall of 1946; however, the divorce was finalized in early 1949.
    More Details Hide Details Following his separation from Annabella, Power entered into a love affair with Lana Turner that lasted for a couple of years. In her 1982 autobiography, Turner claimed that she became pregnant with Power's child in 1948, but chose to have an abortion.
    Other than re-releases of his films, Power was not seen on screen again after his entry into the Marines until 1946, when he co-starred with Gene Tierney and Anne Baxter in The Razor's Edge, an adaptation of W.
    More Details Hide Details Somerset Maugham's novel of the same title. Next up for release was a movie that Power had to fight hard to make, the film noir Nightmare Alley (1947). Darryl F. Zanuck was reluctant for Power to make the movie because his handsome appearance and charming manner had been marketable assets for the studio for years. Zanuck feared that the dark role might damage Power's image. Zanuck eventually agreed, giving Power A-list production values for what normally would be a B film. The movie was directed by Edmund Goulding, and though it died at the box office, it was one of Power's favorite roles for which he received some of the best reviews of his career. However, Zanuck was horrified that his "darling boy" would be seen in such a film with a downward spiral. So, he did not publicize it and removed it from release after only a few weeks insisting that it was a flop. The film was released on DVD in 2005 after years of legal battles.
  • 1945
    Age 30
    Power returned to the United States in November 1945 and was released from active duty in January 1946.
    More Details Hide Details He was promoted to the rank of Captain in the reserves on May 8, 1951. He remained in the reserves the rest of his life and reached the rank of major in 1957. In the June 2001 Marine Air Transporter newsletter, Jerry Taylor, a retired Marine Corps flight instructor, recalled training Power as a Marine pilot, saying, "He was an excellent student, never forgot a procedure I showed him or anything I told him." Others who served with him have also commented on how well Power was respected by those with whom he served. When Power died suddenly at age 44, he was buried with full military honors.
    Power was later reassigned to VMR-353, joining them on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands in February 1945.
    More Details Hide Details From there, he flew missions carrying cargo in and wounded Marines out during the Battles of Iwo Jima (Feb-Mar 1945) and Okinawa (Apr-Jun 1945). For his services in the Pacific War, Power was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1944
    Age 29
    In July 1944, Power was assigned to Marine Transport Squadron (VMR)-352 as a R5C (Navy version of Army Curtiss Commando C-46) transport co-pilot at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details The squadron moved to Marine Corps Air Station El Centro in California in December 1944.
  • 1943
    Age 28
    He attended boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, then Officer's Candidate School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, where he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on June 2, 1943.
    More Details Hide Details As he had already logged 180 solo hours as a pilot before enlisting, he was able to do a short, intense flight training program at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. The pass earned him his wings and a promotion to First Lieutenant. The Marine Corps considered Power over the age limit for active combat flying; Power volunteered for piloting cargo planes that Power felt would get him into active combat zones.
  • 1942
    Age 27
    In August 1942, Power enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
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    He reported to the United States Marine Corps for training in late 1942, but was sent back, at the request of 20th Century-Fox, to complete one more film, Crash Dive, a patriotic war movie released in 1943.
    More Details Hide Details He was credited in the movie as Tyrone Power, U.S.M.C.R., and the movie served as a recruiting film.
  • 1940
    Age 25
    In 1940 the direction of Power's career took a dramatic turn when his movie The Mark of Zorro was released.
    More Details Hide Details Power played the role of Don Diego Vega/Zorro, fop by day, bandit hero by night. The role had been made famous by Douglas Fairbanks in the 1920 movie of the same title. The film was a hit, and 20th Century Fox often cast Power in other swashbucklers in the years that followed. Power was a talented swordsman in real life, and the dueling scene in The Mark of Zorro is highly regarded. The great Hollywood swordsman, Basil Rathbone, who starred with him in The Mark of Zorro, commented, "Power was the most agile man with a sword I’ve ever faced before a camera. Tyrone could have fenced Errol Flynn into a cocked hat." Power's career was interrupted in 1943 by military service.
  • 1939
    Age 24
    Power was one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors until he married French actress Annabella (born Suzanne Georgette Charpentier) on April 23, 1939.
    More Details Hide Details They had met on the 20th Century Fox lot around the time they starred together in the movie Suez. Tyrone Power adopted Annabella's daughter, Anne before leaving for service. In an A&E biography, Annabella said that Zanuck "could not stop Tyrone's love for me, or my love for Tyrone." J. Watson Webb, close friend and an editor at 20th Century Fox, maintained in the A&E Biography that one of the reasons the marriage fell apart was Annabella's inability to give Power a son. Webb said that there was no bitterness between the couple.
    Power was named the second biggest box office draw in 1939, surpassed only by Mickey Rooney.
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  • 1936
    Age 21
    Power racked up hit after hit from 1936 until 1943, when his career was interrupted by military service.
    More Details Hide Details In these years he starred in romantic comedies such as Thin Ice and Day-Time Wife, in dramas such as Suez, Blood and Sand, Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake, The Rains Came and In Old Chicago; in musicals Alexander's Ragtime Band, Second Fiddle, and Rose of Washington Square; in the westerns Jesse James (1939) and Brigham Young; in the war films A Yank in the R.A.F. and This Above All; and the swashbucklers The Mark of Zorro and The Black Swan. Jesse James was a very big hit at the box office, but it did receive some criticism for fictionalizing and glamorizing the famous outlaw. The movie was shot in and around Pineville, Missouri, and was Power's first location shoot and his first Technicolor movie. (Before his career was over, he had filmed a total of 16 movies in color, including the movie he was filming when he died.) He was loaned out once, to MGM for Marie Antoinette (1938). Darryl F. Zanuck was angry that MGM used Fox's biggest star in what was, despite billing, a supporting role, and he vowed to never again loan him out, though Power's services were requested for the role of Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind; Joe Bonaparte in Golden Boy; Paris in King's Row; roles in several films produced by Harry Cohn; and to play Irving Thalberg in a planned production by Norma Shearer of The Last Tycoon.
    Power went to Hollywood in 1936.
    More Details Hide Details The director Henry King was impressed with his looks and poise, and he insisted that Power be tested for the lead role in Lloyd's of London, a role thought already to belong to Don Ameche. Despite his own reservations, Darryl F. Zanuck decided to give Power the role, once King and Fox editor Barbara McLean convinced him that Power had a greater screen presence than Ameche. Power was billed fourth in the movie but he had by far the most screen time of any actor. He walked into the premiere of the movie an unknown and he walked out a star, which he remained the rest of his career.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1932
    Age 17
    He appeared in a bit part in 1932 in Tom Brown of Culver, a movie starring actor Tom Brown.
    More Details Hide Details Power's experience in that movie didn’t open any other doors, however, and, except for what amounted to little more than a job as an extra in Flirtation Walk, he found himself frozen out of the movies but making some appearances in community theater. Discouraged, he took the advice of a friend, Arthur Caesar, to go to New York to gain experience as a stage actor.
  • 1931
    Age 16
    His father suffered a heart attack in December 1931, dying in his son's arms, while preparing to perform in The Miracle Man.
    More Details Hide Details Tyrone Power, Jr., as he was then known, decided to continue his pursuit of an acting career. He went door to door, trying to find work as an actor, and, while many contacts knew his father well, they offered praise for his father but no work for his son.
    Power joined his father for the summer of 1931, after being separated from him for some years due to his parents' divorce.
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    Power went to Cincinnati-area Catholic schools and graduated from Purcell High School in 1931.
    More Details Hide Details Upon his graduation, he opted to join his father to learn what he could about acting from one of the stage's most respected actors.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1915
    Age 0
    Tyrone Power's sister, Ann Power was born in 1915, after the family moved to California.
    More Details Hide Details His father's ancestry included Irish, English, and French Huguenots (the latter through his paternal grandmother's Lavenu and Blossett ancestors). His mother was Roman Catholic, and her ancestry included the French-Canadian Reaume family and Germans from Alsace-Lorraine. Through his paternal great-grandmother, Anne Gilbert, Power was related to the actor Laurence Olivier; through his paternal grandmother, stage actress Ethel Lavenu, he was related by marriage to author Evelyn Waugh; and through his father's first cousin, Norah Emily Gorman Power, he was related to the theatrical director Sir (William) Tyrone Guthrie, founder of the Stratford Festival (now the Stratford Shakespeare Festival) in Canada and the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • 1914
    Born
    Power was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1914, son of Helen Emma "Patia" (née Reaume) and the English-born American stage and screen actor Tyrone Power, Sr., often known by his first name 'Fred'.
    More Details Hide Details Power was descended from a long theatrical line going back to his great-grandfather, the actor and comedian Tyrone Power (1795–1841).
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