Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor

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A definitive biography of one of the twentieth century's finest actors and directors, written with great insight and verve by Simon Callow.
     The creator of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Henry VIII and Captain Bligh, Charles Laughton's career spans 50 films and 40 stage roles. This enthralling biography follows him from his parents' hotel in Scarborough to his climactic assumption of the role of King Lear in Statford at the end of his life. Along the way we meet a galaxy of Hollywood greats -- from Korda, Hitchcock and Billy WIlder to Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe. We also discover a hugely talented and complex man -- a legend in his own lifetime who nonetheless counted himself a failure.

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SIMON CALLOW is an actor, director and writer. He has appeared on the stage and in many films, including the hugely popular Four Weddings and a Funeral. His books include Being an Actor, Shooting the Actor, Love is Where it Falls, the first two volumes of his three-volume life of Orson Welles, his theatrical memoir My Life in Pieces, and, most recently, the highly acclaimed Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World.

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  "Remarkable... extraordinarily well written, perceptive and rivetingly sympathetic." --John Gielgud

  "Simon Callow is a writer -- and a very good one too. Few people can match him in catching with words the physical excitement of a great performance." --Peter Hall

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