Distinguished theatre critic and presenter Michael Billington has made a personal selection taken from the Dictionary of National Biography of approximately 130 mini-biographies spanning a wide spectrum of people who have played some part in shaping the culture of the worlds of stage and screen in Britain. This title, following on from the success of Brief Lives, which was first published in hardback in 1997 and subsequently in paperback, will be published alongside two other similar titles, Political Lives and Literary Lives. As Michael Billington details in his very entertaining introduction, the choice of entries has been based partly on the subject of the entry and partly on the individual biographer and their own insight into the life of the subject. The biographies include actors, critics, entertainers, directors, and pioneers in film and theatre. From Somerset Maugham to Eric Morecambe, Richard Burton to Noel Coward, and Tony Hancock to Alfred Hitchcock. Examples of entries: Moira Shearer on Frederick Ashton Michael Denison on Noel Coward Elizabeth Pollitt on Gracie Fields Rachael Low on Cary Grant Arthur Marshall on Tony Hancock Alan Bennett on Russell Harty Paul Johnson on Philip Hope-Wallace Ralph Richardson on Alexander Korda Margot Fonteyn on Lydia Lopokova Eric Ambler on James Mason John Gielgud on Margaret Rutherford Barry Took on Kenneth Williams The selected entries, such as those above, together create a highly readableand fascinating anthology, which gives some insight into the broader picture of the world of theatre, film, and TV in Britain as we know it today.She lost her high notes after suffering nodules on her vocal chords: a#39;One morning it was Mozart and the next aquot;Old Man Riveraquot;. ... (1952), capturing a wider radio following with her weekly show Home at Eight, which featured Sid Colina#39;s Addams-like family, the Dooms. ... She appeared with Maurice Chevalier in Gtgi ( 1958), in which they sang Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewea#39;s song a#39;I Remember Itanbsp;...
|Title||:||Stage and Screen Lives|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press, USA - 2001|