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[EAN: 9780679421627], Neubuch, [PU: Random House USA Inc, United States], Performing Arts|Film|General, Biography & Autobiography|Entertainment & Performing Arts, Biography & Autobiography|General, Biography & Autobiography|Personal Memoirs, Language: English . Brand New Book. A rollicking, rich portrait of a life. And what a life! By one of today s greatest living actors. He was born a Canadian on a Friday the thirteenth in 1929 the year of the Crash. His boyhood was one of privilege: an ancestor was a Governor General; his great-grandfather Sir John Abbott was Canada s third prime minister and owned railroads. There were steam yachts, mansions, and a life of Victorian gentility and somewhat cluttered splendor. Plummer tells how this young bilingual wastrel, incurably romantic, spoiled rotten, tore himself away from the ski slopes to break into the big bad world of theatre, not from the streets up but from an Edwardian living room down, and writes of his early acting days as an eighteen-year-old playing the lead in Shakespeare s Cymbeline, directed by the legendary Komisarjevsky of Moscow s Imperial Theatre. We see his glorious New York of the fifties, where life began at midnight, with the likes of Arthur Miller, Carson McCullers, Tennessee Williams, and Paddy Chayefsky, and how Plummer s own Broadway world developed and swept him along through the last Golden Age the American Theatre would ever remember . . . how the sublime Ruth Chatterton ( she might have been created by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis ) introduced him to the right people in New York . . . how Miss Eva Le Gallienne gave Plummer his Broadway debut at twenty-five in The Starcross Story ( It opened and closed in one night! One solitary night! But what a night! ). He writes about Miss Katherine Cornell (the last stage star to travel by private train), who, with her husband, Guthrie McClintic, added to what experience Plummer had the necessary gloss, spit, and polish to take him to the next level. Guthrie bundled Plummer off to Paris for a production of Medea, opposite Dame Judith Anderson ( a little Tasmanian devil . . . who with one look could turn an audience to stone ). Plummer writes about the great producers with whom he worked Kermit Bloomgarden, Robert Whitehead, and Roger Stevens about Lillian Hellman, Leonard Bernstein, Elia Kazan ( If you weren t careful, this chameleon of chameleons might change into you, wear your skin, steal your soul ), and the miracle that was the new Stratford Festival in Canada, where Plummer blossomed in the classics under the extraordinary Tyrone Guthrie. He writes about his (too brief) encounters with his favorite geniuses, Orson Welles and Jonathan Miller. He writes about his lifelong friendships with Raymond Massey and the wild Kate Reid, and with that fugitive from the Navy, that reprobate and staunch drinking buddy, the true reincarnation of Eugene O Neill, whose blood was mixed with firewater, Jason Robards, Jr. Plummer writes about his affairs and his marriages, and about his daughter, Amanda, who despite her slim looks and tiny bones could raise tempests, guaranteed to loosen the foundation of any theatre in which she chose to rage. We see him becoming a leading actor for Peter Hall s Royal Shakespeare Theatre, with a company of young talented players, each destined for stardom Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Peter O Toole, et al., collectively the future of the English stage. The old guard was brilliantly represented by Dames Edith Evans and Peggy Ashcroft and Sir John Gielgud. Plummer, the only fugitive from the New World, played Richard III, Benedick, and Henry II in Becket. He writes about his film career: The Sound of Music (affectionately dubbed SM ) . . . Inside Daisy Clover, which brought him together with the beautiful Natalie Wood . . . John Huston s The Man Who Would Be King (Plummer was Rudyard Kipling). He tells the story of accepting Sir Laurence Olivier s invitation to join the National Theatre Company, playing in Amphytron directed by Olivier himself ( a great actor but lousy director ), and writes about falling deeply in love with and eventually marrying a young actress and dancer, Elaine Taylor to this day, his one true strength.

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[EAN: 9780679421627], Neubuch, [PU: Random House USA Inc, United States], Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. A rollicking, rich portrait of a life. And what a life! By one of today s greatest living actors. He was born a Canadian on a Friday the thirteenth in 1929 the year of the Crash. His boyhood was one of privilege: an ancestor was a Governor General; his great-grandfather Sir John Abbott was Canada s third prime minister and owned railroads. There were steam yachts, mansions, and a life of Victorian gentility and somewhat cluttered splendor. Plummer tells how this young bilingual wastrel, incurably romantic, spoiled rotten, tore himself away from the ski slopes to break into the big bad world of theatre, not from the streets up but from an Edwardian living room down, and writes of his early acting days as an eighteen-year-old playing the lead in Shakespeare s Cymbeline, directed by the legendary Komisarjevsky of Moscow s Imperial Theatre. We see his glorious New York of the fifties, where life began at midnight, with the likes of Arthur Miller, Carson McCullers, Tennessee Williams, and Paddy Chayefsky, and how Plummer s own Broadway world developed and swept him along through the last Golden Age the American Theatre would ever remember . . . how the sublime Ruth Chatterton ( she might have been created by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis ) introduced him to the right people in New York . . . how Miss Eva Le Gallienne gave Plummer his Broadway debut at twenty-five in The Starcross Story ( It opened and closed in one night! One solitary night! But what a night! ). He writes about Miss Katherine Cornell (the last stage star to travel by private train), who, with her husband, Guthrie McClintic, added to what experience Plummer had the necessary gloss, spit, and polish to take him to the next level. Guthrie bundled Plummer off to Paris for a production of Medea, opposite Dame Judith Anderson ( a little Tasmanian devil . . . who with one look could turn an audience to stone ). Plummer writes about the great producers with whom he worked Kermit Bloomgarden, Robert Whitehead, and Roger Stevens about Lillian Hellman, Leonard Bernstein, Elia Kazan ( If you weren t careful, this chameleon of chameleons might change into you, wear your skin, steal your soul ), and the miracle that was the new Stratford Festival in Canada, where Plummer blossomed in the classics under the extraordinary Tyrone Guthrie. He writes about his (too brief) encounters with his favorite geniuses, Orson Welles and Jonathan Miller. He writes about his lifelong friendships with Raymond Massey and the wild Kate Reid, and with that fugitive from the Navy, that reprobate and staunch drinking buddy, the true reincarnation of Eugene O Neill, whose blood was mixed with firewater, Jason Robards, Jr. Plummer writes about his affairs and his marriages, and about his daughter, Amanda, who despite her slim looks and tiny bones could raise tempests, guaranteed to loosen the foundation of any theatre in which she chose to rage. We see him becoming a leading actor for Peter Hall s Royal Shakespeare Theatre, with a company of young talented players, each destined for stardom Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Peter O Toole, et al., collectively the future of the English stage. The old guard was brilliantly represented by Dames Edith Evans and Peggy Ashcroft and Sir John Gielgud. Plummer, the only fugitive from the New World, played Richard III, Benedick, and Henry II in Becket. He writes about his film career: The Sound of Music (affectionately dubbed SM ) . . . Inside Daisy Clover, which brought him together with the beautiful Natalie Wood . . . John Huston s The Man Who Would Be King (Plummer was Rudyard Kipling). He tells the story of accepting Sir Laurence Olivier s invitation to join the National Theatre Company, playing in Amphytron directed by Olivier himself ( a great actor but lousy director ), and writes about fallin

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A rollicking, rich portrait of a life. And what a life By one of today's greatest living actors. He was born a Canadian on a Friday the thirteenth in 1929--the year of the Crash. His boyhood was one of privilege: an ancestor was a Governor General; his great-grandfather Sir John Abbott was Canada's third prime minister and owned railroads. There were steam yachts, mansions, and a life of Victorian gentility and somewhat cluttered splendor. Plummer tells how "this young bilingual wastrel, incurably romantic, spoiled rotten, tore himself away from the ski slopes to break into the big bad world of theatre, not from the streets "up" but from an Edwardian living room "down,"" and writes of his early acting days as an eighteen-year-old playing the lead in Shakespeare's "Cymbeline," directed by the legendary Komisarjevsky of Moscow's Imperial Theatre. We see his glorious New York of the fifties, where life began at midnight, with the likes of Arthur Miller, Carson McCullers, Tennessee Williams, and Paddy Chayefsky, and how Plummer's own Broadway world developed and swept him along through the last Golden Age the American Theatre would ever remember . . . how the sublime Ruth Chatterton ("she might have been created by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis") introduced him to the right people in New York . . . how Miss Eva Le Gallienne gave Plummer his Broadway debut at twenty-five in "The Starcross Story" ("It opened and closed in one night One solitary night But what a night "). He writes about Miss Katherine Cornell (the last stage star to travel by private train), who, with her husband, Guthrie McClintic, added to what experience Plummer had the necessary gloss, spit, and polish to take him to the next level. Guthrie bundled Plummer off to Paris for a production of "Medea," opposite Dame Judith Anderson ("a little Tasmanian devil . . . who with one look could turn an audience to stone"). Plummer writes about the great producers with whom he worked--Kermit Bloomgarden, Robert Whitehead, and Roger Stevens--about Lillian Hellman, Leonard Bernstein, Elia Kazan ("If you weren't careful, this chameleon of chameleons might change into you, wear your skin, steal your soul"), and the miracle that was the new Stratford Festival in Canada, where Plummer blossomed in the classics under the extraordinary Tyrone Guthrie. He writes about his (too brief) encounters with his favorite geniuses, Orson Welles and Jonathan Miller. He writes about his lifelong friendships with Raymond Massey and the wild Kate Reid, and with that fugitive from the Navy, "that reprobate and staunch drinking buddy, the true reincarnation of Eugene O'Neill, whose blood was mixed with firewater," Jason Robards, Jr. Plummer writes about his affairs and his marriages, and about his daughter, Amanda, who "despite her slim looks and tiny bones could raise tempests, In Spite of Myself: A Memoir Plummer, Christopher, Knopf Publishing Group

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A rollicking, rich self-portrait from one of today's greatest living actors. The story of a young wastrel, incurably romantic, spoiled rotten--his privileged Canadian upbringing, rich in Victorian gentility, included steam yachts, rare orchid farms, music lessons in Paris and Berlin--who tore himself away from the ski slopes to break into the big, bad world of theatre not from the streets up but from an Edwardian living room down, Plummer writes of his early acting days: at eighteen, playing the lead in Shakespeare's Cymbeline under the great Fyodor Komisarjevsky; making his Broadway debut at twenty-five in The Starcross Story, starring Eva Le Gallienne (It opened and closed in one night, but what a night ); joining Peter Hall's Royal Shakespeare Company (its other members included Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, and Peter O'Toole); making his first picture, Stage Struck, directed by Sidney Lumet; and filming The Sound of Music, which he affectionately dubbed S&M. He writes about the legends with whom he has worked: Dame Judith Anderson (the Tasmanian devil from Down Under); Sir Tyrone Guthrie; Sir Laurence Olivier; Elia Kazan (this chameleon of chameleons might change into you, wear your skin, steal your soul); and that reprobate Jason Robards, among many others. Here is a revelation of the wild and exuberant ride that is the actor's--at least this actor's--life. arts and literature,arts music and photography,biographical,biographies,biographies,biographies and history,biography and history,entertainers,humor and entertainment,memoirs Entertainers, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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A collection of delicious anecdotes of a life spent on stages and film sets across the worldfrom Peter Hall's Royal Shakespeare Theatre to The Sound of Music from one of our greatest living actors. Christopher Plummer's magnificent book recounts the wild adventure that is his life, stretching from a privileged childhood in Canada to the glorious, star-studded New York of the fifties to a sensational career in film appearing in some of our most beloved classics. Here are his late nights out with Carson McCullers, Tennessee Williams, Paddy Chayefsky, and Arthur Miller; his affairs and marriages; his collaborations with famed producers; and his memorable roles alongside fellow young and talented actors, each also destined for stardom: Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Peter O'Toole, Natalie Wood, and countless others. Biography & Autobiography Biography & Autobiography eBook, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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In Spite of Myself: A Memoir

In this rollicking self-portrait from one of today's great actors, Plummer tells of his privileged Canadian upbringing, rich in Victorian gentility, and how he tore himself away from the ski slopes to break into the big, bad world of theater.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780679421627
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0679421629
Hardcover
Paperback
Publishing year: 2008
Publisher: ALFRED A KNOPF
647 Pages
Weight: 1,030 kg
Language: eng/Englisch

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