Based on exclusive, unprecedented access, the definitive biography of Sir Laurence Olivier, the dashing, self-invented Englishman who became the greatest actor of the twentieth century
Sir Laurence Olivier met everyone, knew everyone, and played every role in existence. But Olivier was as elusive in life as he was on the stage, a bold and practiced pretender who changed names, altered his identity, and defied characterization.
In this mesmerizing book, acclaimed biographer Terry Coleman draws for the first time on the vast archive of Olivier’s private papers and correspondence, and those of his family, finally uncovering the history and the private self that Olivier worked so masterfully all his life to obscure. Beginning with the death of his mother at age eleven, Olivier was defined throughout his life by a passionate devotion to the women closest to him. Acting and sex were for him inseparable: through famous romances with Vivien Leigh and Joan Plowright and countless trysts with lesser-known mistresses, these relationships were constantly entangled with his stage work, each feeding the other and driving Olivier to greater heights. And the heights were great: at every step he was surrounded by the foremost celebrities of the time, on both sides of the Atlantic—Richard Burton, Greta Garbo, William Wyler, Katharine Hepburn. The list is as long as it is dazzling.
Here is the first comprehensive account of the man whose autobiography, written late in his life, told only a small part of the story. In Olivier, Coleman uncovers the origins of Olivier’s genius and reveals the methods of the century’s most fascinating performer.
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As the Olive Tree Flourishes
Sweet Singing and Whispering
An Unanswered Wish to Be Liked
Our Particular Pet Devil or What?
The Lick of Luxury of Those Lush Valleys
Matinee Idol to Roaring Italian Boy
Vivling and Dark Destruction
Hamlet and Mr and Mrs Andrew Kerr
Richard III and the Ménage ŕ Trois
The Prince and the Showgirl
The King Comes to the Court
Dropping the Legend
New Wife New National
Max Factor 2880 and Love of a Strange Strength
The Concrete NeverNever Land
The College of Cardinals and Surprise
The Making of Wuthering Heights
Gone With the Wind
Not Sceered Just Proud
Not Ever Having Been an Actor
The Walrus and the Sceptered Isle
Keans Sword and the Thrill
God and the Angel
Living Like Royals
Streetcar Carrie and the Cieos
Great God in Heaven What Now?
A Bit Worried About Time Running Out
A Gesture Somewhere Round Glory
Jobbing Actor OM
No Longer on an Even Keel
St Pauls or Westminster Abbey
The Androgynous Actor
A Chronology of Oliviers Films
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