ONCE A SAINT: An Actor's Memoir


ONCE A SAINT: An Actor's Memoir

IAN OGILVY    Book Number: 84750    Product format: Hardback

A veteran actor who has starred with Helen Mirren, Penelope Keith, James Mason and Trevor Howard, Ian Ogilvy was educated at Eton and RADA and developed his acting talents early. Forced to enter a school boxing match against the equally unaggressive Ranulph Fiennes, the two came to an agreement that they wouldn't actually land any punches, just put on a big display. After RADA came film success, including a role in The Sorceress with Boris Karloff in which Ogilvy rides a motorbike at 90mph before killing Susan George with a pair of scissors. In Witchfinder General he got to hit Vincent Price with a rubber axe in the spooky recesses of Orford Castle, and on stage he managed to play opposite Hayley Mills in a season at Chichester without ever mentioning that his mother had been married to her dad. Ogilvy's big break was replacing Roger Moore as Simon Templar in a revival of The Saint. A remake of Wuthering Heights was only a limited success, filmed on the Yorkshire moors with Timothy Dalton smouldering as Heathcliff and Julian Glover being the only member of the cast who didn't sound as if he shopped at Harrods. With I, Claudius in preparation Ogilvy rang the director to ask if he could play Caligula, but ended up as Caligula's grandfather. This book of delightful theatrical tales ends with an informal chat with an exalted fan - Her Majesty the Queen herself. 310 pp, photos in black and white and colour.
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ISBN 9781472122032
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