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An authoritative biography of the 1st Tarzan—Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller—this account deals an intimate examine the actor's lifestyles, from Olympic triumphs and failed marriages to his existence in Hollywood and tv profession. Penned via Weismuller’s basically son, this definitive chronicle is a delicate but unsentimental portrayal of the fellow who used to be Tarzan to motion picture enthusiasts world wide.

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Tarzan, My Father

An authoritative biography of the 1st Tarzan—Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller—this account bargains an intimate examine the actor's lifestyles, from Olympic triumphs and failed marriages to his existence in Hollywood and tv occupation. Penned by means of Weismuller’s in basic terms son, this definitive chronicle is a delicate but unsentimental portrayal of the fellow who used to be Tarzan to motion picture fanatics worldwide.

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I first discovered this back in 1957 or 1958, while I was acting in a film called Andy Hardy Comes Home. I arrived at the lot at about 7:30 in the morning, and I heard a woman screeching. I looked around and saw her running down the outside steps of a nearby building. Her face was rouged, and even though it must have been about seventy-five degrees, she was wearing a full-length mink coat. Running up to me, she threw her arms around my neck and began sobbing, "Oh, my son! " She replied, "I'm Legs Lanier!

But, again, I was lonely. In February 1931, I accepted an invitation from Pete Desjardins to meet a girl named Bobbe Arnst, who was at the time singing with Ted Lewis's band at a club in Miami. She was blonde and pretty. Even if she'd been ugly, I might still have 52, / TARZAN, MY FATHER Bobbe Arnst, Johnny's first wife. fallen in love. I needed a woman, and not just a one-night stand. I needed a woman who wanted me, a woman who would love me and take care of me, a woman to call my own. We were introduced that night, went swimming the next day, and were married by a justice of the peace in Fort Lauderdale two weeks later.

When Dad was down to his shorts, both Hyman and Van Dyke punched and pinched him for a while, and then Hyman asked him what his name was. When Dad told him, Hyman said, "Weissmuller? Well, we can't have that. Much too long for a marquee. Never mind. " By this time, Hume could see that Dad was boiling, so he started laying it on thick: "Mr. Hyman, don't you know who this is? This is Johnny Weissmuller, the swimming champion of the world! The man is famous! " Hyman replied that he had never seen the name "Weissmuller" in Variety, so the kid couldn't be all that important.

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