Gielgud: A Theatrical Life, 1904-2000

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Continuum, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 580 pages
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This authoritative biography of John Gielgud deals in fascinating detail with the life and work of the greatest classical actor of the twentieth century. Drawing on recollections of more than a hundred friends and colleagues, Jonathan Croall captures vividly Gielgud's early struggles as an actor, his trail-blazing achievements as a director, actor-manager and interpreter of Shakespeare, and his late flowering in the plays of Pinter, Albee, Storey, Bond and Bennett and as an Oscar-winning movie star. It also uncovers Gielgud's difficult relationship with Laurence Olivier and reveals his courage in the face of a humiliating scandal that threatened to wreck his career. An absorbing portrait of a remarkable actor.

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When Sir John Gielgud died last year at the age of 96, he left a legacy that included almost 80 years as an actor/director/producer. He worked in film, radio, and TV, but most agree that the theater ... Read full review

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Jonathan Croall is the author of twelve books, and has directed and written plays for the London fringe. Since 1991, he has been editor of the National Theatre's magazine StageWrite. He is currently working on a book about the National Theatre's production of Hamlet. He lives in London.

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