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IN THE TRADITION of ‘Me and My Shadows: The Judy Garland Story’, and ‘Haywire’, the story of Leland Hayward and Margaret Sullavan, River of No Return -- the first book written chronicling the lives and marriage of the legendary entertainer Tennessee Ernie Ford and his wife, Betty- ranks among the great stories of Hollywood lives told in our time.


From Ernie and Betty Ford’s first meeting on a desert airbase at the dawn of World War Two, through a brilliant, meteoric rise to the heights of Hollywood’s second Golden Age, to Ford’s controversial departure from Hollywood at the zenith of his career, and to their last moments together nearly half a century later. The story of Ernie Ford and the woman he loved is an American love story, an American tragedy; an unforgettable portrait of an ordinary couple changed forever by an extraordinary life.




River of No Return - Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Woman He Loved

  • “[A] masterfully rendered biography. Ford’s ability to stay both honest and impartial make this a compulsively readable story, and a fine model for celebrity bios to come. Even readers unfamiliar with Ford’s massive body of work will find the drama, pain and success that marked his life fascinating.” Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)


    “Other biographies cannot emit the raw emotion and intimate details…in this well-written and compelling memoir.” Library Journal


    “A top pick…” Midwest Book Review


    “Heartwarming and heart-wrenching…I couldn’t put it down.” Tab Hunter


    “I was touched by the truth, love, pain and honesty of this book.” Maureen O’Hara

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