Sir John Gielgud: A Life in Letters

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Arcade Publishing, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 564 pages
"What is not so widely known as his storied accomplishments on stage and screen is that Gielgud was a meticulous and enthusiastic letter writer. From thousands of letters, beginning with those to his mother when he was an aspiring but still unknown actor, the editor has chosen these nine hundred gems, which span a period of eighty years. In them, Gielgud writes candidly about his friends and colleagues, many of whom - Garbo, Olivier, Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, James Mason, Charlie Chaplin, and Richard Burton, to name only a few - were legends in their own right. Gielgud revels in gossip, and delivers outspoken and candid evaluations of his peers, their talent, and his personal relationships. He was quite open about his homosexuality at a time when such candor was rare, and his letters offer a glimpse into the gay community of the entertainment industry over the course of the twentieth century, as well as his own very frank assessments of his personal romances." "Fans of all ages of this actor and director, as well as anyone interested in the history of film, theatre, Shakespeare, and the arts, will treasure this glimpse behind the curtain. This is, in effect, the autobiography that Gielgud never wrote."--BOOK JACKET.

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In addition to his stature, along with Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson, as one of the finest actors in the world for most of the 20th century, Sir John Gielgud was a distinguished memoirist (An ... Read full review

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Gielgud, born in London, England and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, is best known for his Shakespearian roles in the theater, making his first stage appearance in 1921 at the "Old Vic". He received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in Beckett, and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1981 for his role in Arthur. Recent film credits include The Portrait of a Lady, William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Shine, and Looking for Richard.

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