The Making of Stan Laurel: Echoes of a British Boyhood (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Apr 29, 2011 - Performing Arts - 208 pages
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As an adult, Stan Laurel (1890-1965) lived in the United States. As a boy, he lived in north-east England, the son of a prominent local theatrical figure. This ground-breaking biography examines Laurel's family background, his formative years and his struggle to establish a show business career. Stan retained the emotional bonds forged in his youth throughout his life and visited his boyhood homes during his UK tours with Oliver Hardy. Describing Stan Laurel's key roles in making his films with his partner Oliver Hardy so successful internationally, the book analyzes how Stan's boyhood experiences are often echoed in those films. It also notes his influence on successive generations of comic actors who, to this day, still pay fulsome tribute to him. Included is a selection of photographs relevant to Laurel's boyhood, some related to themes in the Laurel and Hardy comedies.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
7
1 The Jeffersons
13
2 Stans Theatrical Inheritance
24
3 Family Life in North Shields
43
4 Boyhood Years
50
5 From Theatrical Obscurity to Film Stardom
68
6 Echoes of a North Shields Boyhood
100
7 Lifetime Links with North Shields
132
8 Returns to the Old Town
144
Epilogue
175
Appendix
177
Chapter Notes
179
Bibliography
191
Index
195
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About the author (2011)

Danny Lawrence is a retired sociologist from the University of Nottingham in England. He was born and raised a few hundred yards from Stan's North Shields' home. Visit his website at www.themakingofstanlaurel.com.

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