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Author: Terry Coleman
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Based on unprecedented access, the definitive biography of Sir Laurence Olivier, the dashing, self-invented Englishman who became the greatest actor of the twentieth century. Olivier met everyone, knew everyone, and played every role in existence. But he was as elusive in life as he was on the stage, a bold and practiced pretender who changed names, altered his identity, and defied characterization. Biographer  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Laurence Olivier; Laurence Olivier; Laurence Olivier
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Terry Coleman
ISBN: 0805075364 9780805075366
OCLC Number: 58594973
Description: x, 595 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: As the Olive Tree Flourishes --
Sweet Singing, and "Whispering" --
An Unanswered Wish to Be Liked --
Our Particular Pet Devil, or What? --
The Lick of Luxury of Those Lush Valleys --
Matinee Idol to Roaring Italian Boy --
Vivling and Dark Destruction --
Hamlet and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Kerr --
The Making of Wuthering Heights --
Gone With the Wind --
Not Sceered, Just Proud --
Not Ever Having Been an Actor --
The Walrus and the Sceptered Isle --
Kean's Sword, and the Thrill --
Buckingham Palace, 10:15 --
God and the Angel --
Living Like Royals --
Streetcar, Carrie, and the Cleos --
Great God in Heaven, What Now? --
Richard III and the Menage a Trois --
The Prince and the Showgirl --
The King Comes to the Court --
Dropping the Legend --
New Wife, New National --
Max Factor 2880, and Love of a Strange Strength --
The Concrete Never-Never Land --
Listening to That Man Breathing --
The College of Cardinals, and Surprise --
A Bit Worried About Time Running Out --
"A Gesture Somewhere Round Glory" --
Dracula-the Shame of It --
Jobbing Actor, OM --
That Damned Book --
No Longer on an Even Keel --
Uninsurable as God --
St. Paul's or Westminster Abbey --
Epilogue: Olivier Remembered --
Author's Note: The Androgynous Actor --
The Olivier Family.
Responsibility: Terry Coleman.
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Based on unprecedented access, the definitive biography of Sir Laurence Olivier, the dashing, self-invented Englishman who became the greatest actor of the twentieth century. Olivier met everyone, knew everyone, and played every role in existence. But he was as elusive in life as he was on the stage, a bold and practiced pretender who changed names, altered his identity, and defied characterization. Biographer Coleman draws for the first time on the vast archive of Olivier's private papers and those of his family, uncovering the history and the private self that Olivier worked all his life to obscure. Acting and sex were for him inseparable: through famous romances with Vivien Leigh and Joan Plowright and countless trysts, these relationships entangled with his stage work, each feeding the other and driving Olivier to greater heights. Here is the first comprehensive account of the man whose autobiography, written late in his life, told only a small part of the story.--From publisher description.

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