In this article, I present you the magazine Álbum dos Artistas number 4, published in 1957. Totally dedicated to the North American actor Yul Brynner. This magazine contains 34 pages, with many pictures.
Yul Brynner, mysterious actor
One of the Hollywood actors involved in more mysteries. Concretely no one knows his age, or where he was born. What he knows is one of several versions of the actor, or some information released by relatives.
A man with a huge appetite
This actor has a huge apeetite. Looking 30, Brynner eats what he wants and in whatever quantities he wants. He does not play much sport and yet has little tendency to put on weight.
Yul Brynner teaches Ingrid Bergman to dance
It was with Brynner that the actress Ingrid Bergman consolidated her holdings as a dancer. In “Anastasia“, the film in which the two actors were protagonists, Brynner rehearsed and directed the choreographic part.
Films with expensive production
The films that had Brynner as a protagonist had very expensive productions. Fox‘s films “the ten commandments”, “the king and i”, and “Anastasia” cost millions of dollars.
Yul Brynner an Oscared Actor
The favourite to win the best actor oscar would be Kirk Douglas in “lust for life“. However, surprisingly, it was Yul Brynner in “the king and i” who won the trophy.
The justifications were fully justified by the fact that the actor had extended his knowledge in the art of acting.
The Yul Brynner student
The actor has already changed the story of his life 12 times to journalists. However, he once told that he had studied philosophy at Northwester University with Dr. Paul Arthur Schipp. This time, it is confirmed, Dr. Schipp told journalists that Yul Brynner was one of the brightest students he had ever taught.
In addition, Brynner also took a course in photography technique. He also marked his passage as a director for the theater group of students.
Unraveling the mystery
Brynner has already been mentioned as Mongolian, Romanian Gypsy, or Russian. There is little doubt that the actor was born on Sakhalin Island, on the west coast of Siberia. There are many versions about his age, between 30 and 42. Everything indicates that the actor is, at the moment, 34 years old.
According to Brynner, his father was a Mongolian, a mining engineer at St. Petersburg University. His mother, a native of Egypt, died during the actor’s birth. Due to the Russian revolution, Brynner, his father and his maternal grandmother emigrated to Sweden.
On the other hand, we have the version of the actor’s relatives, living in the USA. Brynner was born in Vladivostk, Russia, the son of Boris Breynner, a Swedish dealer, and Marie, a Russian singer, who died in 1943.
Yul Brynner the boy on the flying trapeze
After being connected to music, Yul Brynner learned to be a trapeze artist. He also learned the art of being a clown. However, it was as an acrobat where he had great success. Due to a fall, he crushed his shoulder, where he had many fractures. Thus, he ended up being forced to give up this activity.
Your secret is in baldness
Yul Brynner says that success is in baldness. This image shows three images of the actor’s head (1945-1953-1957).
The actor becomes a director
Many actors have already become directors. Examples like Charlie Chaplin, Eisenstein, Poudovkine, Eric Von Strheim, Vittorio de Sica are some of the best known.
In this magazine, Brynner is announced as the director of “the buccaneer“. But I don’t know why, the director turned out to be Anthony Quinn. Despite this, he turned out to be one of the protagonists of the film.
A cigarette between fingers
Brynner has the original characteristic of being photographed with a cigarette between his fingers. Will this habit be another of the actor’s enigmatic acts, or one of his pleasures?
After all, there’s a lot of hair
Besides, the secret of the actor having almost complete baldness falls. After all, in the film “the buccaneer” the actor gets a great hair.
The brothers Karamazov
MGM has just hired Yul Brynner to star in the film “Karamazov Brothers“. This film is a cinematic adaptation of Dostoyevsky‘s literary work. The film will be directed by Richard Brooks. So will Carrol Baker, in the pricipal female role. Here too, something has changed, as Maria Schell and Claire Bloom turned out to be the main protagonists.
Family life of Yul Brynner
Married to Virginia Gilmore, they have a son named Rocky. Above all, this actor has the characteristic of revealing little about their family life. Thus, one of the phrases Brynner mentioned: “The way I brush my teeth and what goes on in my family is of no interest to anyone. If people are interested in me, they just have to watch me work”.
The king and i
A film directed by Walter Lang with a script by Ernest Lehman. Music by Richard Rodgers. As protagonists: Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno, Martin benson and Rex Thompson. Produced in 1956.
A film directed by Anatole Litvak with a script by Arthur Laurents. Produced by Buddy Adler. Its main characters are Yul Brynner, Ingrid Bergman, Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff, Martita Hunt and Félix Ailmer. Produced in 1956.
The Ten Commandments
Directed and produced by Cecil B. De Mille. As well as protagonists: Yul Brynner, Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne de Carlo, Debra Paget. Produced in 1956.
Finally, the back cover