BACKING INTO THE SPOTLIGHTMICHAEL WHITEHALL Book Number: 86858 Product format: Paperback
An unashamedly non-PC memoir by theatrical agent Michael, father of comedian Jack Whitehall. Michael has spent a career pushing others into the spotlight and involved in the careers of many prominent actors including Colin Firth, Richard Griffiths, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tom Courtenay, Ian Ogilvy, Judi Dench, Edward Fox, Michael Fassbender, Angela Thorne and Nigel Havers. Then much to his surprise his son Jack becomes a successful comedian and actor and decides that his new comedy partner should be his father. Whitehall Snr finds himself reluctantly appearing on stage and then TV, cast as the archetypal grumpy old man and thrust in his early 70s into a whole new career in front of the camera. Here he looks back on his life in suburban London in the 1940s and 50s with his saintly father and social climbing mother who coined the phrase 'à la carte' to describe people who were posher than she was and whose company she craved, to falling into a career as a successful theatrical agent and producer. Charming, gossipy and funny, Michael is a fine raconteur who is still deeply suspicious of modernity. 224pp in paperback with colour photos.
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