Peter Ustinov: The Gift of Laughter

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Actor, playwright, director, novelist, wit, and raconteur, Peter Ustinov is a show business polymath. He wrote his first play before he was 20, and has since had more than a dozen produced, three of which were later filmed. As an actor his films include Spartacus and Topkapi, for which he won an Academy Award, and he has more recently directed operas in every major opera house in Europe. His one-man show, An Evening with Peter Ustinov was hit in London and on Broadway.

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As actor, playwright, screenwriter, director, novelist, historian, and raconteur, the name of Peter Ustinov is one to conjure in the worlds of theater, film, television, and opera. Born in England in 1921, he wrote his first play at 20—he has since had over a dozen produced. As an actor, his films include Spartacus and Topkapi—with Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor—Quo Vadis, Death on the Nile—one of three appearances as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot—and Billy Budd, which he also wrote and directed. Recently, he has directed operas in every major house in Europe, and his one–man show, An Evening with Peter Ustinov, has been a hit in London and on Broadway. He has published novels, and in his 80s, he has become an ardent human rights campaigner. Now John Miller tells the story of a man who has been delighting the world for more than six decades. Miller is the biographer of Ralph Richardson and Judi Dench; he also collaborated with John Gielgud on his memoirs, An Actor and His Time.

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John Miller's career has principally been in TV and radio (for the BBC) and for ten years until 1992 for the South of England ITV company, TVS. He is the author of biographies of Ralph Richardson, and for W&N/Orion: Judi Dench and Peter Ustinov. He collaborated with John Gielgud on AN ACTOR AND HIS TIME (Pan pb). He has also edited DARLING JUDI (W&N/Orion) which celebrated Judi Dench's 70th birthday.

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