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Laurence Olivier

Holden, Anthony

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ISBN 10: 0689115369 / ISBN 13: 9780689115363
Published by Atheneum, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1988
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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1st American Edition/1st Printing. SIGNED by author Anthont Holden on a bookplate on front end page (signature only). $22,50 price present on DJ flap. 504 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 018499

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Title: Laurence Olivier

Publisher: Atheneum, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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Traces the life of the great British actor, describes his major roles on the stage and in films, and attempts to depict his complex personality

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Biographer of British royalty, Holden ( Charles, Prince of Wales , etc.), here splendidly conveys the dynamic, versatile and appealing character of the first lord of British theater and international film. Contending that there is no single Olivier persona, the author presents him in the countless guises he has assumed, from repertory apprentice to classical Old Vic actor, always avowedly "working from the outside in," masking his identity in a dazzling variety of stage, screen and TV parts. Equally successful are his roles as founder-director of the National Theatre, feudal squire and peer of the realm. Recounted with great sensitivity also is Olivier's romantic but tragic marriage to Vivien Leigh. Holden's narrative is spiced by anecdotes and appraisals contributed by the performer's friends and colleaguesactors Richardson, Gielgud, Noel Coward, Dame Sybil Thorndike and directors Alexander Korda and Tyrone Guthrie among them. Since his appearances in Long Day's Journey into Night on stage in 1972, the film Marathon Man in 1976 and a televised Lear in 1983, ill health has limited the 81-year-old Olivier to cameo parts. His recent years, Holden shows, have been enriched by marriage to Joan Plowright and fatherhood. Photos not seen by PW.
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