Osa and Martin: for the Love of Adventure, is a dual biography of the Johnsons, Kelly Enright notes that at first their movies tended to reflect the era in which they flourished (the 1920s to the â€™40s): Big-game animals and indigenous people. As time went on, however, the couple realized how much they owed to information supplied by â€œnativesâ€ and changed their attitudes toward wild animals.
Having often cheated death in the African bush, Martin Johnson was killed in the crash of a commercial airliner in the United States. Osa was with him at the time. She survived the crash, but her last years were overshadowed by an unhappy second marriage and alcoholism.Â â€” Dennis Drabelle