Walt Disney

Walt Disney

Hollywood's Dark Prince

Book - 1993
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Baker & Taylor
Probing the genius of Walt Disney, a new biography of the American icon explores his long association with J. Edgar Hoover, his troubled personal life, and much more. By the author of Down Thunder Road. National ad/promo. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
Everyone remembers him as the creator of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Bambi, Dumbo, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Fantasia. His films and characters inspired the great Disney theme parks. A creative genius, Walt Disney brought love and laughter to children everywhere.
Now for the first time, Marc Eliot presents the real Walt Disney. The author reveals Walt Disney's twenty-five-year association with J. Edgar Hoover's FBI, serving as a Hollywood-based official informant before being promoted to the rank of Special Agent in Charge, rooting out Communists, subversives, and Jews. A lifelong anti-Semite, he absorbed his prejudice from his father, a strict fundamentalist who believed in corporal punishment and forced child labor.
Walt Disney's phobic behavior is examined in detail, as is his obsessive hand-washing, heavy drinking, and sexual inadequacies. Unwilling to accept his father's violence as a form of love, and unwilling to "prove" his own identity, he feared he had actually been adopted in infancy and was illegitimate. He spent a lifetime searching for his real mother.
Marc Eliot shows how these psycho-sexual conflicts drove Walt to the depths of lifelong despair and how they found expression in his "classic" animated characters and films, now so deeply embedded in American culture. In fact, they were created by a man who used the wealth and prestige they gave him to mold a nightmare empire of vengeance and power.
Told against a panoramic view of Hollywood's golden age of glamour and backdoor politics, Walt Disney: Hollywood's Dark Prince is a fascinating work that concludes with a look into the Disney empire as it exists today.

& Taylor

Provides a different portrait of Disney, detailing his involvment with anti-Semitic organizations and discussing his alcoholism, sexual difficulties, and nervous breakdowns

Publisher: Secaucus, N.J. : Carol Pub. Group, 1993
ISBN: 9781559721745
Branch Call Number: 791.4309 ELIOT
Characteristics: xxii, 305 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes: "A Birch Lane Press Book."


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