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Joyce Grenfell

Author: Janie Hampton; Eleanor Bron
Publisher: [Bath, England] : Chivers Audio Books, ℗2004.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on Cassette : Cassette recording : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Joyce Grenfell (1910-1979) was a British institution and one of the country's best-loved entertainers, immortalized in roles such as the gym mistress, Miss Gossage ('Call me Sausage'), in The Happiest Days of Your Life, and Ruby Gates in the St. Trinian's films. She achieved success as a writer and performer of songs and monologues on stage and radio at a time when it was unusual for a woman of her background to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Biography
Named Person: Joyce Grenfell; Joyce Grenfell
Material Type: Fiction, Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Janie Hampton; Eleanor Bron
ISBN: 0754097706 9780754097709
OCLC Number: 156712301
Notes: "Complete & unabridged."
Cast: Read by Eleanor Bron.
Description: 12 audiocassettes (13 hr., 53 min.) : Dolby processed
Responsibility: Janie Hampton.

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Joyce Grenfell (1910-1979) was a British institution and one of the country's best-loved entertainers, immortalized in roles such as the gym mistress, Miss Gossage ('Call me Sausage'), in The Happiest Days of Your Life, and Ruby Gates in the St. Trinian's films. She achieved success as a writer and performer of songs and monologues on stage and radio at a time when it was unusual for a woman of her background to work at all." "Joyce revealed little about her private life in her two autobiographies, and after her death her image was fiercely guarded by her devoted husband Reggie and her close friends, so that she came to be remembered as almost unnaturally perfect. Now, at last, it is possible to show her with all her human failings as well as her humour, kindness and generosity." "Janie Hampton grew up knowing Joyce as a family friend and has had access to unpublished letters and diaries, and to the memories of her surviving friends, relations and colleagues for this, the first, biography. She explores Joyce's tense relationship with her mother; her sadness over her childlessness; her love affair in Cairo with Prince Aly Khan; her mixed feelings about actors and the theatre; her moving acts of philanthropy and her faith in Christian Science which enabled her to endure the pain of cancer without medical treatment.

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