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Dancer, actor in theatre, film and television, choreographer for stage and film, revue artist, director of ballet, opera, drama, pantomime, musicals, comedy: Robert Helpmann (1909-1986) exuberantly realised a career that encompassed a phenomenal range. In ballet and dance he grew beyond his early years as Ninette de Valois' protege within the Vic-Wells Ballet in the 1930s, to become premier danseur with the Company in the 1940s, guest artist with The Royal Ballet in the 1950s and 1960s, and finally director of Australian Ballet. In drama he acted with the Old Vic and the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, collaborated frequently with his partner, Michael Benthall, with Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, and with Katharine Hepburn. In film his many performances brought him international celebrity, particularly in The Red Shoes, The Tales of Hoffmann and as the demonic Child-Catcher in Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang. Helpmann's creative stamina was legendary. His personality embraced enigmas, complexities, a delight in continuous shape-changing and role-play (he was a master of stage-makeup); but these qualities accompanied a profound, whole-hearted and life-long commitment to all that we understand by the `theatre'. Clearly no one writer could do full justice to all the manifestations of Helpmann's genius. This was the reason for drawing on the many specialists and one-time colleagues whose essays and reminiscences make up this publication. But, as it is over thirty years since Helpmann's death and few are alive who experienced his early triumphs, the writers' verbal evocations of his theatrical persona are supported by over seventy photographs. To supplement these, a DVD offers filmed material of archival value and engages with the challenges facing attempts to revive Helpmann's choreographies today.
Outlining different perspectives, this classic and field-defining text introduces 'dramaturgy' as a critical concept and a practical process in an accessible and engaging style. The revised edition includes a new introduction and afterword which provides insight into contemporary developments and future directions of scholarship.
Cult heroine Zawe Ashton brings us a unique look at life, work and the absurdities of contemporary life Zawe Ashton has been acting since she was six. She has played many different roles, from `cute little girl' to `assassin with attitude', Oscar Wilde's Salome to St Trinian's schoolgirl by way of Fresh Meat's Vod. To stay sane, an actress must tread a high-wire between life and art, keep sight of where a character ends and the real person begins. So she doesn't lose herself completely. In Character Breakdown, Zawe scrolls through a version of her life. Or is it a version of her art? Or something in between. In it, she encounters glamour, horror, absurdity and questions like: is a life spent more on performance than reality any life at all?
When Carrie Fisher discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved - plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naivete, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Now her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her co-star, Harrison Ford. With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher's intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time - and what developed behind the scenes. Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candour and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.
Acting is widely acknowledged to be the central art of the theatre and has a long and vibrant history. With over one thousand entries, this is the first encyclopedia of stage actors and acting around the world. More than one hundred renowned international contributors provide biographical, historical and technical information about actors both familiar and obscure whose work has been crucial in the development of acting methods and traditions from classical theatre to the present day. Entries on key directors, theorists and teachers, and on the elements and genres of acting provide insights into the history of acting as an art and its current practice. Including a chronological list of actors that spans the past two thousand years and many diverse countries and cultures, this Encyclopedia offers a fascinating and unique overview of acting onstage that will be of interest to anyone who attends or practises theatre.
The hilarious, heart-warming and tear-jerking memoir from one of Britain's best-loved comedians and actors, Matt Lucas 'Hello there. Welcome to my autobiography. I see they've made my teeth whiter in the photo, so that's good. Throughout this book I talk about my life and work, including Little Britain, Come Fly With Me, Bridesmaids, Les Miserables, Alice In Wonderland and, of course, Shooting Stars. The thing is, this is a bit different to most memoirs you may have read, because it comes in the form of an A-Z. For instance, B is for Baldy! - which is what people used to shout at me in the playground (not much fun), G is for Gay (because I'm an actual real life gay) and T is for the TARDIS (because I'm a companion in Doctor Who now). You get the sort of thing. Anyway I hope you buy it at least twice. Thank you.'
This is classic Hollywood history as told through the life and career of one of its most iconic actresses. The book benefits tremendously from the author's meeting with Olivia de Havilland after he was assigned to handle her projected memoir at the Delacorte Press in 1973. Amburn also knew many of the key figures in her life and career, a veritable pantheon of Hollywood royalty from the 30s, 40s, and 50s: Jimmy Stewart, George Cukor, and David O. Selznick, and he was an editor at William Morrow when the company published the autobiography of de Havilland's difficult sister Joan Fontaine. Superbly researched and full of delicious anecdotes about Clark Gable, John Huston, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Montgomery Clift, Errol Flynn, David Niven, and Bette Davis--particularly the bloody, bone-crunching fistfight Flynn and Huston waged over Olivia--this book not only profiles one of the finest actresses of her time, but also the culture of the film industry's Golden Age. It details de Havilland's relationships with the men who sought her--Howard Hughes, Jimmy Stewart, Errol Flynn, John F. Kennedy, Burgess Meredith, and John Huston, as well as her friendships with Grace Kelly, British Prime Minister Edward Heath, Ronald Reagan, Victor Fleming, and Ingrid Bergman. Here, too, are the fabulous and often surprising back stories of her 49 films, including Gone With the Wind, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Snake Pit, Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte, and the two for which she won Oscars, The Heiress and To Each His Own. The account of the filming of Gone With the Wind is unique in that the author interviewed many of the people involved in the epic making of this masterpiece as Lois Dwight Cole, who discovered the novel, producer David O. Selznick, director George Cukor, agents Kay Brown and Annie Laurie Williams, Radie Harris, Vivien Leigh's closest friend in the press, and both Edie Goetz and Irene Mayer Selznick, daughters of Louis B. Mayer, head of MGM, the studio that funded, released, and ended up owning Gone With the Wind. Also included in this biography are Olivia's adventures with Bette Davis. They appeared together in four movies and Davis tried to destroy her, but Olivia stood up to Davis as no other actress had ever dared to do. She won Davis's respect, and by the time they made their biggest hit, Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte, a lasting friendship had blossomed. Undertaking a joint national publicity tour, they attracted mobs of boisterous fans and, in private, reminisced about the Golden Age of movies, evaluated the current crop of stars, and exchanged observations about love goddesses, nudity, and parenthood.
Throughouther career, supermodel and actress Carre Otis hasbeen celebrated for her striking physical beauty-but in this brazenly honestmemoir she revisits the ugliest parts of her past to reveal the events thatultimately brought her to strive for, and champion, the kind of beauty that canonly be found within. In Beauty Disrupted Carredetails the triumphs and challenges of her career in modeling, her rise to fameon the covers of Elle, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and MarieClaire, her battle against eating disorders and drug addiction, and herinfamous marriage to Mickey Rourke. BeautyDisrupted is her inspiring and personal memoir, a story of difficultlessons learned and inner beauty rediscovered, by a woman famous the worldover-not only for her face but, now, for her fighter's spirit.
Milton H. Greene (1922-1985), famous for his fashion photography and celebrity portraits from the golden age of Hollywood, met Marilyn Monroe on a photo shoot for Look magazine in 1953. The pair developed an instant rapport, quickly becoming close friends and ultimately business partners. In 1954, after helping her get out of her studio contract with 20th Century Fox, they created Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc. Milton and Marilyn were much more then business partners, Marilyn became a part of the Greene family. By the time their relationship had ended in 1957, the pair had produced two feature films, in addition to more than 5,000 photographs of the iconic beauty. There was magic in Milton and Marilyn's working relationship. The trust and confidence they had in each other's capabilities was on full display in each photo. Greene passed in 1985, thinking his life's work was succumbing to the ravages of time. His eldest son, Joshua, began a journey to meticulously restore his father's legacy. A photographer himself, Joshua spent years researching ways to restore his father's photographs as well as cataloguing and promoting Milton's vast body of work all over the world. After spending nearly two decades restoring his father's archive, Joshua Greene and his company are widely regarded as one of the leaders in photographic restoration and have been at the forefront of the digital imaging and large-format printing revolution. Now Joshua Greene, in conjunction with Iconic Images, presents The Essential Marilyn Monroe: Milton H. Greene, 50 Sessions. With 280 photographs, including many never-before published and unseen images, newly scanned and restored classics, as well as images that have appeared only once in publication, Greene's Marilyn Monroe archive can finally be viewed as it was originally intended when these pictures were first produced more than 60 years ago. These classic sessions - 50 in all - cover Monroe at the height of her astonishing beauty and meteoric fame. From film-sets to the bedroom, at home and at play, Joshua has curated a lasting tribute to the work of a great photographer and his greatest muse. Poignant and powerful, joyful and stunning - these breath-taking images of an icon stand above all the rest. The Essential Marilyn Monroe: Milton H. Greene, 50 Sessions is sure to be a book that will become the platinum standard in photography monographs. Numbered to only 250 copies, this deluxe edition will be produced with the highest quality paper and cloth binding, packaged in a stunning cloth clamshell presentation case. Each book will come with a limited edition estate-stamped print, measuring 355 x 279mm, from Marilyn's 'Bed Sitting', which will be hand numbered, and a letter of authenticity from the Milton Greene estate.
On her hit television show 'Tiny and Toya', Antonia 'Toya'
Carter seems to be living the good life: she has a beautiful home,
good friends, and is pursuing her dreams in fashion design. But
hers has been a life of peaks and valleys. Abandoned by her parents
as a child, she was passed from family member to family member as
her mother sank deeper into her drug addiction. Feeling unloved and
unwelcomed, Toya fell into the arms of a 15-year-old rising musical
star Dwayne Michael Carter, known these days as the rapper 'Lil
Wayne'-- and ended up pregnant at the tender age of 14.
Steve McQueen: actor, filmmaker, racing driver - and friend. Siegfried Rauch, who plays McQueen's unyielding rival in the film classic Le Mans, was a close friend of the actor in real life. Rauch takes us through this book and, for the first time, tells us how it was: what McQueen was like, the time he ate sauerkraut at the Rauch's, or played with their children - and how he became their godfather. Rauch shows a different, private side to the 'king of cool'. The other stars of Le Mans have their say as well: the real racing drivers. Herbert Linge reminisces about the Porsche 908 - which belonged to McQueen - that Linge drove as a dolly during the race. Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood tell about their victory in the Porsche 917 - the first Porsche overall victory at the Sarthe. Stuntman Dr. Erich Glavitza, who also prepared the cars, explains what happened in 1970 during the shooting in 'Solar Village', and David Piper, who lost a leg during the production. This unique book offers completely new insights into the filming of what has become a cult classic.
A guide to all kinds of addiction from a star who has struggled with heroin, alcohol, sex, fame, food and eBay, that will help addicts and their loved ones make the first steps into recovery
"This manual for self-realization comes not from a mountain but from the mud...My qualification is not that I am better than you but I am worse." --Russell Brand
With a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his fourteen years of recovery. Brand speaks to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction--from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar addictions to addictions to work, stress, bad relationships, digital media, and fame. Brand understands that addiction can take many shapes and sizes and how the process of staying clean, sane, and unhooked is a daily activity. He believes that the question is not "Why are you addicted?" but "What pain is your addiction masking? Why are you running--into the wrong job, the wrong life, the wrong person's arms?"
Russell has been in all the twelve-step fellowships going, he's started his own men's group, he's a therapy regular and a practiced yogi--and while he's worked on this material as part of his comedy and previous bestsellers, he's never before shared the tools that really took him out of it, that keep him clean and clear. Here he provides not only a recovery plan, but an attempt to make sense of the ailing world.
On 29 September 1981, Peter Turner received a phone call that would change his life. His former lover, Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame, had collapsed in a Lancaster hotel and was refusing medical attention. He had no choice but to take her into his chaotic and often eccentric family's home in Liverpool. Liverpool born and bred, Turner had first set eyes on Grahame when he was a young actor, living in London. Best known for her portrayal of irresistible femme fatales in films such as The Big Heat, Oklahoma and The Bad and the Beautiful, for which she won an Oscar, Grahame electrified audiences with her steely expressions and heavy lidded eyes and the heroines she bought to life were often dark and dangerous. Turner and Grahame became firm friends and remained so ever after their love affair had ended. And it was to him she turned in her final hour of need. Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool is an affectionate, moving and wryly humorous memoir of friendship, love and stardom.
Tony Roper is one of Scotland's most recognisable faces. Best known for playing Jamesie Cotter in Rab C. Nesbitt, he is also famed for appearing in much-loved Scottish comedies Scotch & Wry and Naked Video, as well as for writing the classic comedy-drama The Steamie. Now, in this revealing autobiography, he tells his life story for the first time. From his childhood in Glasgow and Ireland to toiling in coal mines, building sites and ship yards, Roper's journey to acting was a long one. After studying at the College of Dramatic Art aged twenty-seven, he struggled to make a living until getting his big break with Scotch & Wry. He later starred in Only an Excuse and worked closely with Rikki Fulton, whom he later played in his self-penned drama Rikki and Me, developing a successful career as a writer alongside his acting. Yet alongside the accolades, Roper has faced adversity through the years, facing four operations in eight months after a shock prostate cancer diagnosis. In I'll No Tell You Again, Roper tells his hilarious and inspiring story.
Milton H. Greene (1922-1985), famous for his fashion photography and celebrity portraits from the golden age of Hollywood, met Marilyn Monroe on a photo shoot for Look magazine in 1953. The pair developed an instant rapport, quickly becoming close friends and ultimately business partners. In 1954, after helping her get out of her studio contract with 20th Century Fox, they created Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc. Milton and Marilyn were much more then business partners, Marilyn became a part of the Greene family. By the time their relationship had ended in 1957, the pair had produced two feature films, in addition to more than 5,000 photographs of the iconic beauty. There was magic in Milton and Marilyn's working relationship. The trust and confidence they had in each other's capabilities was on full display in each photo. Greene passed in 1985, thinking his life's work was succumbing to the ravages of time. His eldest son, Joshua, began a journey to meticulously restore his father's legacy. A photographer himself, Joshua spent years researching ways to restore his father's photographs as well as cataloguing and promoting Milton's vast body of work all over the world. After spending nearly two decades restoring his father's archive, Joshua Greene and his company are widely regarded as one of the leaders in photographic restoration and have been at the forefront of the digital imaging and large-format printing revolution. Now Joshua Greene, in conjunction with Iconic Images, presents The Essential Marilyn Monroe: Milton H. Greene, 50 Sessions. With 280 photographs, including many never-before published and unseen images, newly scanned and restored classics, as well as images that have appeared only once in publication, Greene's Marilyn Monroe archive can finally be viewed as it was originally intended when these pictures were first produced more than 60 years ago. These classic sessions - 50 in all - cover Monroe at the height of her astonishing beauty and meteoric fame. From film-sets to the bedroom, at home and at play, Joshua has curated a lasting tribute to the work of a great photographer and his greatest muse. Poignant and powerful, joyful and stunning - these breath-taking images of an icon stand above all the rest. The Essential Marilyn Monroe: Milton H. Greene, 50 Sessions is sure to be a book that will become the platinum standard in photography monographs. Numbered to only 250 copies, this deluxe edition will be produced with the highest quality paper and cloth binding, packaged in a stunning cloth clamshell presentation case. Each book will come with a limited edition estate-stamped print, measuring 355 x 279mm, from Marilyn's 'Negligee Sitting', which will be hand numbered, and a letter of authenticity from the Milton Greene estate.
Over the course of a celebrated and spellbinding career - both on screen and behind the camera - Clint Eastwood has become one of the all-time Hollywood greats. From early starring roles in Sergio Leone's genre busting Spaghetti Western A Fistful of Dollars to recent movies such as Jersey Boys, he has captivated audiences with his tough guy persona for over fifty years. As a director, his films have received great acclaim. He re-invented the Western with Unforgiven, while more recent films such as Letters from Iwo Jima and Mystic River have been hailed as modern classics. He is one of only three living directors to have directed two Best Picture winners (for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby). This beautifully produced book is the definitive retrospective of this great movie icon. It features rare images from the Warner Bros. archive and revealing behind-the-scenes photos that show the film-maker at work, as well as dramatic pictures that capture his unforgettable screen performances. The award-winning film critic Richard Schickel contributes an illuminating assessment and perceptive commentary on each film. This new format paperback edition is updated to include Eastwood's latest films, as an actor in Trouble with the Curve and the director of Sully.
"The first book-length biography of a theater icon"
"South Pacific." "The Sound of Music." "Peter Pan." As the star of these classic Broadway musicals, Mary Martin captivated theater audiences with her impish persona and magnificent voice. Now Ronald L. Davis fills a major gap in theater history, moving beyond Martin's own 1976 memoir to provide a complete picture of her life and career.
Lively and engaging, Davis's biography is the first book-length portrait of the theater icon, spanning her lifetime to reveal facts about her childhood, marriages, and friendships--as well as artistic collaborations that included the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, and Elia Kazan.
Born in Weatherford, Texas, and mother to the future actor Larry Hagman, Martin went to California after the failure of her first marriage. There, she auditioned for every studio without success. "Audition Mary" finally had her big break when she won a talent contest, leading to her breakthrough 1938 performance in "Leave It to Me"--in which she wowed audiences singing "My Heart Belongs to Daddy." Davis traces Martin's numerous appearances on Broadway, in touring productions, and on television, showing how--through hard work and persistent optimism--she built a career that lasted nearly fifty years and earned her the adoration and respect of fans and colleagues alike.
Because Martin's life was entwined with many luminaries of the stage, this biography offers rich insights into theater history, including accounts of how various productions were developed. No other book tells her story in such detail--it is must reading for fans and an essential resource for theater aficionados everywhere.
The brilliantly funny Sunday Times top ten bestseller. Alan Carr tells his life story in his own words, from growing up in a football-mad family in Northampton to his rise as one of Britain's best-loved comedians. `Puberty had been unkind. Whereas it had come in the night and left the other boys with chiselled, stubbly chins and deep masculine voices, I'd been left with a huge pair of knockers and the voice of a pensioner.' Alan Carr Alan Carr grew up in one of the most boring towns in England - Northampton. A place known for making shoes. It was also known for its football club, Northampton Town FC. Alan's dad as manager of the club was a local hero. A dream come true for most lads, but not Alan. Alan wore glasses and had man boobs at 14. He did not like P.E. In his very first book, Alan tells his life story, (`oh and what a life') with his unique twist of natural, observational humour - `I'm not saying I'm a fantasist but there have been times when things that I've seen on television when I was younger have tended to seep into my subconscious and blended into my own life. I remember telling my Mum about the time I stopped that woman from having a diamond encrusted necklace stolen and she'd say `No Alan, that was Poirot.' With his tongue-in-cheek, end of pier humour that made him famous, Alan describes an ordinary life in bursts of technicolour. His journey from awkward schoolboy hiding his man-boobs on the pitch, drinking tea with the dinner ladies and working in a call centre, to becoming one of our best-loved comedians likened to the great Frankie Howerd, make his book a guaranteed tickler with a laugh-out-loud gag on every page.
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