Matinee Idol to Movie StarBook - 2011
"John Gielgud's career of signature acting roles forever changed our interpretation of the classical repertoire and cemented his role as one of the finest and most influential actors of all time. This authoritative and comprehensive biography is the complete account of his life and glittering career on stage in classical plays; plays by contemporary dramatists such as Harold Pinter, David Storey, Edward Bond, and Alan Bennett; and in films, including his Academy Award-winning role in Arthur. The book throws fresh light on Gielgud's turbulent ups and downs, events that nearly shattered his career, and on his great rivalry and complex relationship with Laurence Olivier. Croall's research includes more than one hundred new interviews with key people from Gielgud's life and career, including Peter Brook, Kenneth Branagh, Alec Guinness, Joan Plowright, and Eileen Atkins, and draws from hundreds of letters that have never before been published. This intimate biography is a unique in-depth look at a legend who was known to his audiences for his acting brilliance; his unforgettable voice; and his enormous contributions to theater and the performing arts."--Publisher description.
Publisher: London : Methuen Drama, 2011
Description: xv, 720 p.,  p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm
Branch Call Number: 792.028092 Gie