Monday, June 7, 2010

What 100 Stars Want in 1956 - Audie Murphy

Audie Murphy (June 20, 1924 - May 28, 1971) is probably best remembered for being a World War II hero for which he received many awards, including the Congressional Medal of Honor. Sad to say, I've not seen an Audie Murphy film. It appears like he made mostly Westerns, which is not generally the kind of classic film I seek out.

Anyway, here is the start of the continuation of the Movieland series about Hollywood stars wishes for the New Year of 1956:

"As a human being, I want to keep growing. My greatest desire beyond that is that my family enjoys good health and that I continue to get enough work to keep my thoughts absorbed during professional hours."

"Westerns have always been good to me but during last year, I found a change of roles stimulating. Eventually, I hope to direct and do some writing."
In the picture below, he is signing copies of his classic 1949 novel To Hell and Back at a book signing. I hear it is a fabulous book, but I haven't read it yet.

"I am in favor of no more war but as long as war clouds hover over the earth, as a citizen, I feel we should be prepared for the worst."
Seems odd coming from someone who was a war hero, but poor Audie was traumatized by his experience in World War II. He had nightmares and post traumatic stress. According to his first wife Wanda Hendrix (seen with Audie in the top photo), his nightmares caused him to be violent and he even slept with a gun under his pillow ( Unfortunately their union only lasted 1 year.
Up next - George Nader


Anonymous said...

Thank you for stopping by...Audie was a genuine hero...

Diva said...

What a great, but also sad post... PTS was virtually unknown in those days. Yet today we know how many of the old veterans from WWII and the Korea etc were struggling with nightmares and difficulties to adjust to everday life. I think that Steven Speilburgs "Saving Private Ryan" is aan amazing and terribl reminder of the horrors of war.

addie said...

I think you know this, but a little correction-"To Hell and Back," wasn't a novel. You knew that, right? B)
Another very cool post, thank you!



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