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AUDIE MURPHY


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Audie Murphy Original Signed Contract
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Signed April 19, 1949
He was the number 1 most decorated American soldier in W.W.II

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Audie Murphy Pressbook for "To Hell and Back"

Biography for
Audie Murphy



Orphaned son of poor Texas share-croppers, AM rose to national fame via 1945 Life Magazine cover as most decorated GI of WWII. Caught eye of James Cagney who provided acting training. His movie career took off with the publication of his best selling autobiography To Hell and Back. Early Hollywood years led to affair with Jean Peters and short-lived marriage to actress Wanda Hendrix. Got contract with Universal and starred in 27 films, mostly westerns, over the next 20 years. The film version of To Hell and Back held the record as Universal's biggest grossing picture for 20 years until the release of Steven Speilberg's Jaws. Also starred for United Artists, Columbia and MGM. Suffering from what is now known as post traumatic stress syndrome, he led a turbulent life plagued by insomnia and depression. Was acquitted of attempted murder charges stemming from a fist fight. Became addicted, for a time, to prescription sleeping pills. A prodigious gambler, he won and lost fortunes. Had success as a race horse owner and breeder (having interests in such great horses as Depth Charge). Also had success as country music songwriter. After struggling in the late 60s, Murphy's movie career began to pick up: was offered villan's role in Dirty Harry by director Don Siegel; had deal for several projects with producer Paul Ross. He died while on a business trip raising money to finish production of Budd Boetticher's A Time for Dying. Best roles: The Youth in Red Badge of Courage; Burt Lancaster's hot-headed brother in The Unforgiven; hired gunman in No Name on the Bullet. Buried with full miliatry honors near Tomb of Unknowns in Arlington Cemetary (he's on the map of famous persons there) where regular visitors still pay homage. Survived by widow and two sons.

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Spouse
'Pamela Archer' (1951 - 1971)
Wanda Hendrix (1949 - 1950) (divorced)

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Trivia

Most decorated US soldier of WWII. Among his 27 US decorations was the Medal of Honor, the US's highest award for military conduct "above and beyond the call of duty", plus 5 decorations awarded by France and Belgium.

At Arlington Cemetery, the tombstones of Medal of Honor winners are normally decorated in gold leaf, but Murphy requested that his tombstone remain plain and inconspicous.

Audie Murphy Research Foundation established by Murphy family, for collection, preservation and distribution of historical information about AM. Location: 18008 Saratoga Way, Suite 516, Santa Clarita, CA 91351 Fax 805-251-8432.

June 20, 1996 was proclaimed Audie Murphy Day by the Greenville Area Postal Customer Advisory Council in Greenville, Texas. U.S. Highway 69 North, from North Greenville city limits to Fannin County line was renamed The Audie Murphy Memorial Highway. Audie Murphy was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame this year in Oklahoma. For a video copy of this event send $25 to: National Cowboy Hall of Fame 1700 N.E. 63rd Street Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111 Attn: Lynda Hallar For information on obtaining movie posters or lobby cards of Audie Murphy at attractive prices contact: Jim Zicopula 166 Woodridge Lane Lino Lakes, Minnesota 55014 (612)483-9809 Home:4PM-10PM (612)297-4603 Work:7AM-3:30PM A&E will air "Audie Murphy - Great American Hero" on their Biography series on July 1, 1996. Flowers for Audie can be sent to: Audie L. Murphy Grave 366-11, Section 46 Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia 22211

Fan club contact: The Audie Murphy National Fan Club, 8313 Snug Hill Lane, Potomac, Maryland 20854-4057. Annual fee $14.00.

(1995) Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#55).

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Personal quotes

"I can't ever remember being young in my life." (1956)

"I never liked being called the 'most decorated' soldier. There were so many guys who should have gotten medals and never did--guys who were killed."

Fellow officer in US Army: "Don't let that baby face fool you, that's the toughest soldier in the Third Division."

"I'm working under a great handicap...no talent."

Of the role of himself in 'To Hell and Back (1955)': "I don't think I'm the type. Maybe Tony Curtis would do."

Bill Mauldin: "In him, we all recognized the straight, raw stuff, uncut and fiery as the day it left the still. Nobody wanted to be in his shoes, but nobody wanted to be unlike him, either."

"I guess my face is still the same, and so is the dialogue. Only the horses were changed."-A.M. at 40.


Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
Actor. (b. June 20, 1924, Kingston, Tex.; d. May 28, 1971.) Seeing this slight, boyish actor on-screen in any of his many Westerns, you'd be hard pressed to recognize him as the most highly decorated American serviceman in World War 2: 24 citations in all, including the Congressional Medal of Honor. The poor son of Texas sharecroppers, he found himself in glamorous Hollywood in 1948, making his film debut in an Alan Ladd starrer,Beyond Glory Murphy gave a sincere performance as a belligerent delinquent inBad Boy (1949), and something about the natural, untrained actor appealed to Universal-International's casting directors, who starred him in a series of budget Westerns, many of them shot in Technicolor, beginning withThe Kid from Texas (1950), in which he played Billy the Kid.Sierra, Kansas Raiders (both 1950),The Cimarron Kid, Duel at Silver Creek (both 1952),Gunsmoke, Tumbleweed (both 1953),Ride Clear of Diablo, Drums Across the River (both 1954), andDestry (1955) followed, all of them tailored to Murphy's personality and limited acting ability. (His efforts at smoldering hatred or grim determination usually looked like adolescent petulance.)

In 1951 MGM borrowed Murphy from Universal to star in John Huston's adaptation of Stephen Crane's classic Civil War story,The Red Badge of Courage in which the young star was effectively cast as a young Union soldier who flees under fire. Murphy played himself inTo Hell and Back (1955), based on his best-selling autobiography, and its success boosted him, for a short time at least, into better movies:Walk the Proud Land (1956),The Guns of Fort Petticoat, Night Passage (both 1957),The Quiet American (1958),No Name on the Bullet (1959),The Unforgiven (1960, supporting Burt Lancaster). By the early 1960s he was back in budget Westerns such asSix Black Horses (1962),Showdown (1963),Apache Rifles (1964),Arizona Raiders (1965), and40 Guns to Apache Pass (1966).

Victimized by bad investments (he declared bankruptcy in 1968) and personal problems, some relating to war-inflicted trauma, Murphy left moviemaking for a few years. He died in a plane crash shortly after completing what he hoped would be his comeback picture,A Time for Dying (1971), in which he played Jesse James. Murphy was briefly married toSierra costar, Wanda Hendrix.
 

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