Gielgud by Jonathan Croall
A Theatrical Life, 1904-2000

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Based on interviews with over 100 friends and colleagues who worked with Gielgud, this biography covers Gielgud's childhood amongst his famous Terry relations, his early struggles as a young actor, his triumphs in Shakespeare at the Old Vic and his late flowering as an Oscar-winning film star.
 

About Jonathan Croall

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Jonathan Croall is the author of twelve books, and has directed and written plays for the London fringe. Since 1991, he has been editor of the National Theatre's magazine StageWrite. He is currently working on a book about the National Theatre's production of Hamlet. He lives in London.
 
Published April 1, 2001 by Continuum. 608 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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John Gielgud came to excel in both media, but still, it was for his theatrical work that Kenneth Tynan (who, mind you, preferred Laurence Olivier) could refer to him as ''not an actor, but the actor.'' Now that Gielgud, who seemed immortal, ne...

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Publishers Weekly

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Gielgud made his mark on the British stage early on—only three years after his 1921 London stage debut as a walk-on soldier in Henry V, at the age of 20 he was cast as Romeo—and worked in theater, radio, film and television almost until his death in 2000 at age 96.

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Express

First John Perry, an actor whom he met aged 23 and would describe as his “first great love”, left him for Beaumont.

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The New Zealand Herald

Most people probably know Gielgud today - if at all - from his later films.

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ForeWord Reviews

“He came on to the stage with simplicity and a certain sort of beauty, and that beautiful diction, and of course, that fabulous voice, which was like a silver trumpet muffled in silk.” So said Alec Guinness of John Gielgud.

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Variety

"The theater was John Gielgud's life."

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The Daily Review

“He was not so much an actor, as the actor,’’ theatre critic Kenneth Tynan said of Sir John Gielgud.

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