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And Furthermore

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Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Feb 2011

ISBN-13: 9781427211026

ISBN-10: 1427211027

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"I can hardly believe that it is more than half a century since I first stepped on to the stage of the Old Vic Theatre and into a way of life that has brought me the most rewarding professional relationships and friendships. I cannot imagine now ever doing anything else with my life except acting..." - Judi Dench"

From London's glittering West End to Broadway's bright lights, from her Academy Award-winning role as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love to "M" in the James Bond films, Judi Dench has treated audiences to some of the greatest performances of our time. She made her professional acting debut in 1957 with England's Old Vic theatre company playing Ophelia in Hamlet, Katherine in Henry V (her New York debut), and then, Juliet. In 1961, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company playing Anya in The Cherry Orchard with John Gielgud and Peggy Ashcroft. In 1968, she went beyond the classical stage to become a sensation as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, adding musical comedy to her repertoire. Over the years, Dench has given indelible performances in the classics as well as some of the greatest plays and musicals of the twentieth century including Noel Coward's Hay Fever, Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, Kaufman and Hart's The Royal Family and David Hare's Amy's View (for which she won the Tony Award). Recently, she made a triumphant return to A Midsummer Night's Dream as Titania, a role she first played in 1962, now played as a theatre-besotted Queen Elizabeth I. Her film career has been filled with unforgettable performances of some unforgettable women: Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown, the terrifying schoolteacher Barbara Covett in Notes on a Scandal and the writer Iris Murdoch in Iris. And, for the BBC, Dench created another unforgettable woman when she brought her great comic timing and deeply felt emotions to the role of Jean Pargetter in the long-running BBC series As Time Goes By.

And Furthermore is, however, more than the story of a great actress's career. It is also the story of Judi Dench's life: her early days as a child in a family that was in love with the theatre; her marriage to actor Michael Williams; the joy she takes in her daughter, the actress Finty Williams, and her grandson, Sammy. Filled with Dench's impish sense of humor and diamond-sharp intelligence, And Furthermore is the audiobook every fan of the great Judi Dench will cherish.

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Feb 2011
ISBN-13: 9781427211026
ISBN-10: 1427211027
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Number of Pages: 0
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.36
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 5.75 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9781427211026

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2011-05-15)

Dame Judi Dench, whose illustrious career spans theater, film, and television, reflects intelligently and with occasional humor on her roles and accomplishments and provides anecdotes about her costars. But this is not a gossipy memoir, and she delves only rarely into her personal life. Fellow actress and close friend Samantha Bond is an excellent reader; in fact, she sounds a lot like Dench herself, who narrates the preface. Her discussion of acting techniques will be invaluable to anyone aspiring to master the craft. Recommended for Dench fans as well as for theater students and enthusiasts.

["A delightful visit with a rare actress", read the review of the New York Times best-selling St. Martin's Ac, LJ 1/11.-Ed.] - Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2011-01-01)

In her preface, celebrated stage and screen actress Dench declares that this book is not an autobiography, something she had neither the time nor the skill to write. Instead, it's meant as a companion to the biography and other works by John Miller (who gets an "as told to" credit here), with Dench's own reflections on her roles and her fellow actors. After quickly dispensing with her early years, Dench gets right down to her first role at the Old Vic-Ophelia, via unnerving on-again, off-again casting.

Then she's on to the Royal Shakespeare Company, marriage to Michael Williams, experiences in film and television and on Broadway, receipt of an Oscar and an OBE, and more. It's all told in a dry, engaging voice, at once fierce and modest; Dench is forthright about her own slip-ups and the plays she loathes (including The Merchant of Venice). Clearly, Dench finds acting both all-absorbing and a real hoot; she and her colleagues cut up a lot. Young actors should attend to her comments on the value of theater training.

Verdict: A delightful visit with a rare actress, definitely worth reading even for those acquainted with Miller's works.

-Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

I can hardly believe that it is more than half a century since I first stepped on to the stage of the Old Vic Theatre and into a way of life that has brought me the most rewarding professional relationships and friendships. I cannot imagine now ever doing anything else with my life except acting…” – Judi Dench

From London’s glittering West End to Broadway’s bright lights, from her Academy Award-winning role as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love to “M” in the James Bond films, Judi Dench has treated audiences to some of the greatest performances of our time. She made her professional acting debut in 1957 with England’s Old Vic theatre company playing Ophelia in Hamlet, Katherine in Henry V (her New York debut), and then, Juliet.

In 1961, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company playing Anya in The Cherry Orchard with John Gielgud and Peggy Ashcroft. In 1968, she went beyond the classical stage to become a sensation as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, adding musical comedy to her repertoire. Over the years, Dench has given indelible performances in the classics as well as some of the greatest plays and musicals of the twentieth century including Noël Coward’s Hay Fever, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Kaufman and Hart’s The Royal Family and David Hare’s Amy’s View (for which she won the Tony Award). Recently, she made a triumphant return to A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Titania, a role she first played in 1962, now played as a theatre-besotted Queen Elizabeth I. Her film career has been filled with unforgettable performances of some unforgettable women: Queen Victoria in Mrs.

Brown, the terrifying schoolteacher Barbara Covett in Notes on a Scandal and the writer Iris Murdoch in Iris. And, for the BBC, Dench created another unforgettable woman when she brought her great comic timing and deeply felt emotions to the role of Jean Pargetter in the long-running BBC series As Time Goes By.

And Furthermore is, however, more than the story of a great actress’s career. It is also the story of Judi Dench’s life: her early days as a child in a family that was in love with the theatre; her marriage to actor Michael Williams; the joy she takes in her daughter, the actress Finty Williams, and her grandson, Sammy. Filled with Dench’s impish sense of humor and diamond-sharp intelligence, And Furthermore is the audiobook every fan of the great Judi Dench will cherish.

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