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Book Review: 'In the Arena: An Autobiography'

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He lied his way into his first Broadway audition, but on the other hand, Charlton Heston (who’s played Ben-Hur, Michelangelo, El Cid) has been faithfully married for half a century to the first girl he ever dated. His ultra-conservatism has cost him fans in recent years, but his book, beautifully written without the help of a ghostwriter, should gain him new respect. His Midwest childhood, his WWII action, his years breaking into the business (including a stint as a nude model), his civil rights work with Martin Luther King, and his perceptive account of how those gigantic movies were made — all combine to make In the Arena one of the very best Hollywood autobios. Anyone who likes any movie star will love it, and every aspiring young actor ought to devour it. A