PHILIP ZIEGLER    Book Number: 81220    Product format: Hardback

A glittering theatrical life, here are the tensions, triumphs and backstage bitchery, bringing alive on the page Laurence Olivier's magnetic theatrical presence. Simon Callow said, 'Ziegler is an elegant, unfailingly lucid writer, his manner brisk and incisive.' Olivier's singular triumphs were down to talent and a ravenous determination to succeed. His era abounded in greats - Gielgud, Richardson, Guinness, Burton, O'Toole - but none could challenge his range and power. By the 1940s, Larry Olivier had achieved international stardom. His affair with Vivien Leigh led to a marriage as glamorous and as tragic as any in Hollywood history. He was an accomplished director and leading man: his three Shakespearian adaptations - Henry V, Hamlet and Richard III - are among the most memorable ever filmed. Off stage he was the most extravagant of characters - generous yet almost insanely jealous of those few contemporaries whom he deemed to be his rivals; charming but with a ferocious temper. Who else would have compared coaching Marilyn Monroe in 'The Sleeping Prince' to 'teaching Urdu to a marmoset'? With access to more than 50 hours of candid, unpublished interviews, here is Olivier's life at its best informed, fairest and most entertaining from Stratford and London to Broadway and Hollywood, Chichester, the National, LOP, the Old Vic, from his apprentice days to naval officer and way beyond. 467pp, 32 pages of photos.
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