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In Spite of Myself A Memoir

ISBN-10: 0679421629
ISBN-13: 9780679421627
Edition: N/A
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Description: A rollicking, rich self-portrait from one of today's greatest living actors. The story of a "young wastrel, incurably romantic, spoiled rotten"his privileged Canadian upbringing, rich in Victorian gentility, included steam yachts, rare orchid farms,  More...

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List price: $35.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/4/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 656
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

A rollicking, rich self-portrait from one of today's greatest living actors. The story of a "young wastrel, incurably romantic, spoiled rotten"his privileged Canadian upbringing, rich in Victorian gentility, included steam yachts, rare orchid farms, music lessons in Paris and Berlin"who tore himself away from the ski slopes to break into the big, bad world of theatre not from the streetsupbut from an Edwardian living roomdown." Plummer writes of his early acting days: at eighteen, playing the lead in Shakespeare'sCymbelineunder the great Fyodor Komisarjevsky; making his Broadway debut at twenty-five inThe Starcross Story,starring Eva Le Gallienne ("It opened and closed in one night, but what a night!"); joining Peter Hall's Royal Shakespeare Company (its other members included Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, and Peter O'Toole); making his first picture,Stage Struck, directed by Sidney Lumet; and filmingThe Sound of Music,which he affectionately dubbed "S&M." He writes about the legends with whom he has worked: Dame Judith Anderson ("the Tasmanian devil from Down Under"); Sir Tyrone Guthrie; Sir Laurence Olivier; Elia Kazan ("this chameleon of chameleons might change into you, wear your skin, steal your soul"); and "that reprobate" Jason Robards, among many others. Here is a revelation of the wild and exuberant ride that is the actor'sat least this actor'slife.

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