Sybil Thorndike: A Star of Life

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Haus Publishing, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 584 pages
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“I would rather have been a pianist than anything,” Sybil Thorndike said late in her life, but posterity would never know her as anything other than a majestic actress of stage and screen, whether alongside Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier, or, most famously, as Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan.

In this authorized biography, written with unique access to the Thorndike family archive and using hundreds of her unpublished letters, Jonathan Croall has written an engaging, sympathetic, yet critical account of one of the most remarkable women of the twentieth century. As a young actress, Thorndike spent three years traveling around America, playing over a hundred Shakespearean parts.

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Jonathan Croall is the author of Gielgud: A Theatrical Life; The Coming of Godot: A Short History of a Masterpiece; and three books in the series 'The National Theatre at Work': Hamlet Observed, Peter Hall's 'Bacchai' and Inside the Molly House.

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