Reagan: The Hollywood Years
That period of his life is well-documented as are his two terms in the White House. But there is a period of Reagan's life that is often glossed over, even in his own memoirs: his time in Hollywood. Reagan appeared in over 50 movies between 1937 and 1964. Reagan also headed up the Screen Actors Guild during the federal anti-communist investigations. He also dealt with the uncertainties created by the advent of television and the decline of the studio system.
A book called Reagan: The Hollywood Years explores how his experiences in Tinsel Town shaped the politician he would become. Last fall, we spoke with author Marc Eliot, who says there are a couple of reasons we don??t hear much about Reagan's Hollywood career.