Laurence Olivier was both an enchanter and a force of nature. In The Real Life of Laurence Olivier Roger Lewis goes beyond the magical illusions the actor created to tell the truth about the man's sexuality, ambition, revenges, power, preoccupations and achievements.
Most of all, Olivier's life and work become a love story - the tale of the relationship with Vivien Leigh, who was destroyed by the extent of her passion for him, as he himself was cast into a frenzy of guilt and disillusionment.
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Confirms Lewis as the most ferociously attentive describer of stage and screen acting since Ken Tynan in his pomp. It's magnificent... ( Boyd Tonkin, New Statesman)
I laughed at the bravura of it ( Barry Humphries)
Forget the standard showbusiness "life". Lewis has reinvigorated the genre. Unmissable. ( Philip Hamer, City Life)
Cheekily measuring up to the larger-than-life bravura of its subject's artistry with a prose performance of corresponding virtuosity ( Independent)
Roger Lewis electrifies the interaction between Olivier's life and art ( Evening Standard)
The acclaimed biography of Laurence Olivier is reissued to coincide with the centenary of his birth
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