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Book cover ofOlivier
  • Author: Terry COLEMAN
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Published: 2006
  • Description: Softback, Fine
  • Dust Jacket Condition: No dustjacket
  • Edition: First (Thus)
  • ISBN-10: 0747580804
  • Ref: 13085
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This is a UK B format (130 x 198 mm) paperback with a full 1 to 10 number sequence indicating a first printing of this edition.  Some tanning to pages and covers showing some slight signs of wear to extremities.

SYNOPSIS:  “Olivier is an unexpected portrait of the twentieth century’s greatest actor.  His was a fairy-tale story –  the clergyman’s son who, on the strength of one season at the Old Vic, became a great Shakespearean actor and went on to conquer Hollywood – yet Olivier struggled with the dark side of his genius.

Abandoning his first wife, he married Vivien Leigh: a manic-depressive, she dominated his life for twenty years.  When he finally wrenched himself away, he was plagued by a guilt that only incessant work could expiate.

He married Joan Plowright, had a new young family and was the founding director of the National Theatre.

Drawing on his unlimited and uncensored access to Olivier’s personal papers, love letters and diaries, Terry Coleman has written a landmark biography.”