Author's Introduction by David Fury
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"Burt Lancaster: In Light and Shadow"
By David Fury - Edited by Carolin Kopplin
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The definitive biography of the great actor by David Fury. The fascinating story of the young man from East Harlem, New York, who joined the circus at the height of the Depression in 1933 and toiled as an acrobat in circuses and vaudeville until 1940, then served in the Army during World War II as an entertainer. Lancaster then became an instant star with his first motion picture in 1946, "The Killers"… a Mark Hellinger production that also boosted beautiful Ava Gardner to stardom. Burt would remain at the top of the heap as an actor/producer for 45 years until his career ended in 1990 after a stroke.
     Mr. Lancaster died in 1994, leaving a legacy of great motion pictures, grace, dignity, professionalism, and the respect and admiration of millions of movie fans worldwide. 250+ of the most fascinating photos from the life and career of Burt Lancaster with all the great stars: Ava Gardner, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Kate Hepburn, Kirk Douglas, Martin & Lewis, Jean Simmons, Deborah Kerr, Shirley Jones, Rita Hayworth, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Audie Murphy, Shirley Booth, Anna Magnani, Rhonda Fleming, Edward G. Robinson, Monty Clift, Laurence Olivier, Lee Remick, Shelley Winters, Claudia Cardinale, Susan Sarandon, many more... Photos from the circus and vaudeville career of Burt Lancaster with his circus partner, Nick Cravat, and more great photos of Burt with his family through the years. More than five years of research and writing have gone into this project.
     John Frankenheimer directed three of Burt’s greatest films, Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), Seven Days in May (1964) and The Train (1965), and noted of Burt with total respect: “God knows he was a handsome man. No actor ever looked so good. But there were brains behind that brilliant smile and confident physique. He was the most professional actor I have ever known, and there was not a phony bone in his body. Burt Lancaster taught me what the words ‘friendship and loyalty’ meant — he walked the walk, and he talked the talk. He lived a noble life.”

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David Fury started Artist's Press in 1988 to publish his bio-filmography, "The Cinema History of Burt Lancaster." Mr. Lancaster himself was very pleased with the volume, and made an appearance on the Dinah Shore show where the book was featured in 1989. (A Conversation with Dinah)
     After garnering superb reviews from a variety of sources for his first book, David Fury researched another film history entitled "Kings of the Jungle," which was published by McFarland in 1994. This history and filmography of the Tarzan pictures featured a Foreword written by Maureen O'Sullivan, the beloved Irish actress who was by far the most popular "Jane" in the long-running Tarzan series. Maureen and Johnny were close, life-long friends. David maintained a friendship with Maureen for several years, and then authored her biography in 2007, "No Average Jane."
     In 1990, David Fury penned an original screenplay for his friend Chuck Connors, entitled "The Final Showdown: Return of the Tall Man." The story was unsold at the time of his death in 1992, and in his final weeks Mr. Connors authorized David Fury to write his life story. "The Man Behind the Rifle" was published in 1997, and remains popular to this day. This of course is a tribute to the affection screen fans have had for Mr. Connors in his role as "The Rifleman." Chuck called the TV western "a love story between a father and a son," and indeed fathers and sons of the 1950s would watch the heroic deeds of Lucas McCain together in front of their 12-inch television screens each week for five seasons. Johnny Crawford co-starred as Mark McCain, the young son of widower McCain. This biography covers his early life in Brooklyn, his careers in baseball and basketball, and his long and successful career in television, motion pictures, and also the stage. Chuck was married three times and was the father of four sons.
     In 2000, David Fury completed his biography of Johnny Weissmuller, the Olympic champion swimmer and Tarzan of the movies, 1932-1948. This heartfelt story of an immigrant boy from a broken marriage was once again critically acclaimed, and "Johnny Weissmuller: Twice the Hero" was also published in a Large Print edition in 2001 by Thorndike Press. Johnny was in reality a real-life hero, who, along with his brother Peter, risked their own lives to pull numerous survivors out of a frothy Lake Michigan, after a deadly and horrific boating accident in 1927. Weissmuller was married five times, including actress Lupe Velez, who was known as the "Mexican Spitfire" during the 1930s. His final marriage to Maria lasted 25 years until his death in 1984 at age 79. The foreword to this book was written by Johnny Sheffield.
     In 2007, after several years of research, David Fury completed and published his biography of Maureen O'Sullivan, "No Average Jane." David received complete cooperation from Maureen's husband, James Cushing, who volunteered his personal memories and numerous photographs.This fascinating biography details the life of the Irish colleen who came to America in 1929 to star in "Song O' My Heart" with singing lezgend John McCormack; she became a screen legend within three years after starring in "Tarzan, the Ape Man" in 1932 with Johnny Weissmuller. Maureen's incredible career on the silver screen, radio, television and the stage lasted 60 years until her death in 1998. Ms. O'Sullivan also wrote the Foreword to David Fury's "Kings of the Jungle" (1994).
     After many years of research in collaboration with Carolin Kopplin of London (and Munich), David Fury published his massive biography of Burt Lancaster, "In Light and Shadow" in December of 2016, in a Kindle e-edition. A hardcover edition is anticipated for 2017, pending a contract with a major publisher. (730 pages, over 200 rare photographs.) Also in the works for 2017 is a new edition of the Chuck Connors biography, "Cowboy at Heart", with updated information and many new photographs. The original "The Man Behind the Rifle" hardcover edition sold out in 2012, but has remained popular in the Kindle and Nook e-editions.
     David Fury has also been a songwriter and acoustic guitarist since 1972, and is planning a CD of original songs and guitar for 2017. Stand by for news!