The house of Redgrave : the lives of a theatrical dynasty / Tim Adler.
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- ISBN: 9781845136239 (hbk.)
- ISBN: 1845136233 (hbk.)
- Physical Description: 336 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
- Publisher: London : Aurum, 2012.
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"The secret lives of a theatrical dynasty"--P.  of dust jacket.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
And Laertes had a daughter -- Perfection is not an aim -- Ever feel you've been cheated? -- A conscience the size of Grand Central Station -- The right to fail -- The ugliest girl in the world -- Mr. and Mrs. Wood -- Mad about the boy -- The Red Queen and the Mad Hatter -- Thirty-two faggot acts -- Hail, Vanessa -- O, what a charge he made -- 'To be or not to be ... Oh f**k!' -- The pharaoh and the monster -- I need you now -- Zionist hoodlums -- The floating houseparty -- Family business -- Exit, Prospero -- Dancing naked in the rain -- Offstage drama -- A thin streak of the irrational -- The undiscovered country.
"More than seventy years ago, after a performance of 'Hamlet' at the Old Vic, Laurence Olivier stepped out from behind the curtain to announce, 'Ladies and gentlemen, tonight a great actress has been born; Laertes has a daughter.' Her parents had already named her Vanessa. Between them, Michael Redgrave's children and grandchildren would go on to win four Golden Globes, a Tony Award and an Oscar. Yet just as Prometheus was punished for giving fire to humanity, so the Redgrave family has suffered more than its fair share of the most appalling unhappiness: within just over a year of each other, Vanessa's daughter, brother and sister would die. The Redgrave family story is a febrile mix of ambition, scandal and tragedy that for some of them ends in a remote country churchyard, 80 miles north of Manhattan ..."--Publisher's description, p.  of dust jacket.
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