Olivier

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Quercus Publishing, Sep 12, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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Hollywood superstar; Oscar-winning director; greatest stage actor of the twentieth century. The era abounded in great actors - Gielgud, Richardson, Guinness, Burton, O'Toole - but none could challenge Laurence Olivier's range and power.

By the 1940s he had achieved international stardom. His affair with Vivien Leigh led to a marriage as glamorous and as tragic as any in Hollywood history. He was as accomplished a director as he was a leading man: his three Shakespearian adaptations are among the most memorable ever filmed.

And yet, at the height of his fame, he accepted what was no more than an administrator's wage to become the founding Director of the National Theatre. In 2013 the theatre celebrates its fiftieth anniversary; without Olivier's leadership it would never have achieved the status that it enjoys today.

Off-stage, Olivier was the most extravagant of characters: generous, yet almost insanely jealous of those few contemporaries whom he deemed to be his rivals; charming but with a ferocious temper. With access to more than fifty hours of candid, unpublished interviews, Philip Ziegler ensures that Olivier's true character - at its most undisguised - shines through as never before.

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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week: As the National Theatre celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, a new biography based on previously unseen letters and diaries tells the story of Laurence Olivier as ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lucy - Goodreads

Fabulous follow up to the dozen or so Lord Larry bios.. Actually, this book is super interesting and adds so much more to what already has been said. Who knew it could be done?! Read full review

About the author (2013)

Philip Ziegler is one of Britain's leading biographers, who counts among his subjects two kings and four prime ministers. He has written for various newspapers and journals and was editorial director at Collins from 1979 to 1980.

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