By Philip Ziegler
A finalist for the Sheridan Morley Prize that has been referred to as "probably the easiest Olivier booklet for normal readers" (Kirkus Reviews), Philip Ziegler's Olivier presents an extremely obtainable and entire portrait of this Hollywood famous person, Oscar-winning director, and one that is taken into account the best degree actor of the 20th century. The period abounded in nice actors--Gielgud, Richardson, Guinness, Burton, O'Toole--but none may problem Laurence Olivier's variety and gear. through the Forties he had completed overseas stardom. His affair with Vivien Leigh ended in a wedding as glamorous and as tragic as any in Hollywood historical past. He was once as finished a director as he used to be a number one guy: his 3 Shakespearian diversifications are one of the such a lot memorable ever filmed.
And but, on the peak of his popularity, he authorised what was once not more than an administrator's salary to develop into the founding Director of the nationwide Theatre. In 2013 the theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary; with no Olivier's management it can by no means have completed the prestige that it enjoys this present day. Off-stage, Olivier was once the main extravagant of characters: beneficiant, but nearly insanely jealous of these few contemporaries whom he deemed to be his competitors; fascinating yet with a ferocious mood. With entry to greater than fifty hours of candid, unpublished interviews, Ziegler guarantees that Olivier's real character--at its such a lot undisguised--shines via as by no means prior to.
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