A definitive biography of one of the twentieth century's finest actors and directors, written with great insight and verve by Simon Callow, & reissued here with a new preface.
Simon Callow is an actor, director and writer. He has appeared on the stage and in many films, including the hugely popular Four Weddings and a Funeral. His books include Being an Actor, Shooting the Actor, Love is Where it Falls, the first two volumes of his four-volume life of Orson Welles, his theatrical memoir My Life in Pieces, and, most recently, the highly acclaimed Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World.
One of the very best theatre books ever -- Alec Guinness
Remarkable...extraordinarily well written, perceptive and rivetingly sympathetic -- John Gielgud
Simon Callow is a writer - and a very good one too. Few people can match him in catching with words the physical excitement of a great performance -- Peter Hall
Callow's emphatic biography certainly presents this complicated man in all his contradictory roles -- Sally Morris * Daily Mail *
a fine character actor's tribute to the king of the tribe. The numerous insights show Callow to be that rarity, an actor who can write about acting -- Jake Kerridge * Sunday Telegraph *