Olivier

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Macmillan, Oct 31, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 608 pages
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"To my mind already a classic, Mr. Coleman had access to the great actor's archives, but obviously had his heirs' permission to tell his story fearlessly."--Richard Schickel, The Wall Street Journal
†Sir Laurence Olivier met everyone, knew everyone, and played every role in existence. But the century's most accomplished actor was as elusive in life as he was on the stage.
In this enthralling biography, 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. For Olivier, acting and sex were inseparable: his relationships with his wives Vivien Leigh and Joan Plowright, and many others, became both a powerful inspiration and a constant torment, each feeding the other and driving Olivier to greater heights.
Here, in the first comprehensive and only authorized biography, Coleman uncovers the origins of Olivier's genius and reveals the methods of the century's most fascinating performer.
  

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User Review  - ukforever - LibraryThing

Famed and acclaimed British actor Laurence Olivier (1907-1989) was an actor to his core, a self-identification which guided him confidently along the path of his life's work. But it also meant that ... Read full review

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User Review  - John Saltwell - Goodreads

There seem to be several other books about Olivier currently in print, including his autobiography: both hold claims to being the "definitive work". Meticulously researched, thoughtful and insightful ... Read full review

Contents

As the Olive Tree Flourishes i
5
Sweet Singing and Whispering
12
An Unanswered Wish to Be Liked
23
Our Particular Pet Devil or What?
34
The Lick of Luxury of Those Lush Valleys
46
Matinee Idol to Roaring Italian Boy
56
Vivling and Dark Destruction
68
Hamlet and Mr and Mrs Andrew Kerr
80
Richard III and the Menage a Trois
251
The Prince and the Showgirl
264
The King Comes to the Court
275
Dropping the Legend
294
New Wife New National
316
Max Factor 2880 and Love of a Strange Strength
330
The Concrete NeverNever Land
346
The College of Cardinals and Surprise
373

The Making of Wuthering Heights
101
o Gone With the Wind
108
Not Sceered Just Proud
123
Not Ever Having Been an Actor
136
The Walrus and the Sceptered Isle
145
Keans Sword and the Thrill
161
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179
God and the Angel
190
Living Like Royals
202
Streetcar Carrie and the Cleos
214
Great God in Heaven What Now?
234
A Bit Worried About Time Running Out
394
A Gesture Somewhere Round Glory
407
Jobbing Actor OM
425
No Longer on an Even Keel
443
St Pauls or Westminster Abbey
461
The Androgynous Actor
477
A Chronology of Oliviers Films
504
Notes
517
Acknowledgments
568
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About the author (2006)

Terry Coleman, who was selected by the Olivier estate to write Laurence Olivierís biography, is a historian, novelist, and journalist. As special correspondent for The Guardian of London, he reported from seventy countries and interviewed eight prime ministers. He lives in London.

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