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A TERRIBLE LIAR. A MEMOIR.

Cronyn, Hume.

ISBN 10: 0688100805 / ISBN 13: 9780688100803
Published by MORROW. NY 1991, 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Later Printing. INSCRIBED by Hume Cronyn as well as SIGNED by his wife actress Jessica Tandy on the half-title. Fine in dj. Uncommon signed by both actors.; Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 11176

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Title: A TERRIBLE LIAR. A MEMOIR.

Publisher: MORROW. NY 1991

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Reprint

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Actor Hume Cronyn reminisces about his fifty-year marriage to Jessica Tandy and about his encounters with such stage and screen greats as Elia Kazan, Alfred Hitchcock, and John Gielgud

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Intelligent, candid, humorously self-deprecating: the memoirs (only up to 1965, alas) of an actor's actor on stage and screen-- who also turns out to be a stylish raconteur, an intrepid adventurer, and a sometime producer/writer...as well as, of course, the longtime husband/partner of Oscar-winner Jessica Tandy. Cronyn's early years are surprisingly dramatic: shocking his upper-crust family by dropping out of college for acting; contracting VD at a brothel; entering a brief, secret marriage with a young actress from a rich (and strange) Georgia family. And his career, though not flashy, has involved the choicest colleagues. In the 30's there was a big break from George Abbott, a useful put- down from Clifford Odets. In the 40's came film work with Spencer Tracy (touchingly boosted by K. Hepburn), the great Hitchcock, the insufferable Tallulah. Later on there was lots of TV (with self- indulgent James Dean and no-nonsense Olivier, among others), lots of Broadway (one juicy episode involves a drunken Jason Robards, a furious Lauren Bacall), the joyful inauguration of the Tyrone Guthrie Rep--and the hilarious tedium of shooting Cleopatra, with Cronyn a prime confidant in the Burton/Taylor scandale. And, always, there's the fine, flinty Jessica--wooing her, touring with her (sometimes on a shoestring), raising kids, buying a tiny Caribbean island. Serious about acting and scripts, wry and rueful about everything else: a first-flight theatrical autobiography, unpretentiously anecdotal and immensely likable but never merely charming and chatty. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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