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Johnny Weissmuller : twice the hero
Fury, David.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : Artist's Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxii, 360 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
"Real life hero... world's greatest swimmer... Tarzan of the movies"--Cover.
Format :


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PN2287.W4 F87 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Booklist Review

Johnny Weissmuller was a bona fide big star in the era of big stars, and Fury's sympathetic biography treats him suitably, with a certain gush that evokes old-Hollywood glamour and grandeur. Meanwhile, the many illustrations display a beaming, tanned, frequently scantily clad man who was every inch the Olympic swimming champ as well as movie star. Weissmuller liked "good-looking women, flashy clothes and toys," Johnny Sheffield, who played Boy to the man's Tarzan, says, freeing Fury to attend to the lurid details so important in a Hollywood life. Fury's handling of Weissmuller's relationship with Lupe Velez is exemplary. Now a historical footnote, the liaison was then the stuff of scandal sheets. Fury mentions Velez's penchant for raising her skirts when in high reverie, which revealed her habitual innocence of lingerie, but discreetly turns from the Mexican Spitfire's spicy antics to Weissmuller's career for chapters at a time. So this is a traditional big starstruck bio that includes just enough dirt to spice the myth. Well worth the reading. --Mike Tribby

Library Journal Review

Fury, the owner of Artist's Press and author of other filmographies and biographies, including a forthcoming biography of Maureen O'Sullivan (Weissmuller's onscreen Jane), has written more a tribute than a biography of Weissmuller, known for his Olympic medals and his portrayal of Tarzan. With the constant use of parenthetical asides and exclamation points, Fury's writing style reminds one of fan magazines of the 1950s, and the book is introduced by Johnny Sheffield, who played Boy in numerous Tarzan films, making this even more of a tribute. The book does contain much useful biographical information, particularly concerning Weissmuller's athletic accomplishments, as well as 104 pages of photographs from Weissmuller's film and swimming careers, as well as selections from family collections. Fury's filmography includes lists of acting and technical credits but lacks plot summaries. Also included are lists of swimming medals and records. Fury's Kings of the Jungle: A History of Tarzan on the Screen (MacFarland, 1994) would be a welcome companion to this. Ultimately though, this "biography" is only for Weissmuller's fans and is not generally recommended for library purchase.--Lisa N. Johnston, Sweet Briar Coll., VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.