Eulogy: DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR

DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR. completed nearly all his movies by 1951, when he was 42 years old. Thus he spent more than half his adult life not being a movie star. That was fine with him, for the family business wasn't acting; it was international celebrity, a trade his father Douglas Sr. virtually invented. It seemed his son, with whom I collaborated on a book and a 25-year friendship, wanted to see if he could retain his fame by appearing as little as possible in public.

At this he did splendidly--a chipper, light-spirited man, always with a fresh carnation on the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!