Melvyn Bragg met Laurence Olivier hoping to make a full-length television profile of him. Olivier was old and ill. Together, in silence, they watched clips of his great roles. At the end, eyes red with weeping, he turned: 'OK, old boy,' he said. 'Let's give it a go.'
For the next year and a half Melvyn Bragg took notes, saw films, archive footage, out-takes. He talked to John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft and dozens more, especially Joan Plowright (Lady Olivier). But above all he talked with the man himself.
In this magnificent portrait, Melvyn Bragg's observant eye and writer's imagination are brought to bear on the art and mind of the greatest actor of our times.
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Melvyn Bragg met Laurence Olivier to make a full length television profile of the celebrated actor. This authorized biography has now been re-issued with a new introduction written after Olivier's death.Book Description:
Melvyn Bragg's portrait of Laurence Olivier
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Book Description Hutchinson, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0091587409