The House of Redgrave: The Lives of a Theatrical Dynasty

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The House of Redgrave: The Lives of a Theatrical Dynasty

Format:  Hardcover,

336 pages

Publisher: Motorbooks Intl

Publish Date: Apr 2013

ISBN-13: 9781845136239

ISBN-10: 1845136233

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From the landmark films of Tony Richardson to the untimely death of Natasha Richardson - this is the saga of one of the greatest dynasties in British film and theatre. In 1928, at the end of a production of Hamlet at the Old Vic, Laurence Olivier strode to the front of the stage to hush the audience and announced, pointing at his co-star Michael Redgrave, "Tonight a great actress has been born. Laertes has a daughter." He meant Vanessa Redgrave. That is where this dramatic book's story begins. It concludes in 2009, with the sudden and tragic death in a skiing accident of Vanessa's daughter Natasha Richardson - and further family sorrow soon to follow with the deaths of both Corin and Lynn Redgrave. The story of this amazing family is explosive throughout - from the tangled private life of Tony Richardson, Natasha's father, who directed major films like "Joseph Andrews," to Vanessa and Corin's complicated involvement with the Workers' Revolutionary Party, to the emergence of a fourth generation of fine actors with Natasha and Joely. There is truly never a dull moment - but plenty of scandal, melodrama, tragedy and intrigue - in the story of this remarkable dynasty, whose contribution to British drama and film has been immense.

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Publisher: Motorbooks Intl
Publish Date: Apr 2013
ISBN-13: 9781845136239
ISBN-10: 1845136233
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 336
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9781845136239

Chapter outline

And Laertes Had a Daughterp. 1
Perfection Is Not an Aimp. 17
Ever Feel You've Been Cheated?p. 33
A Conscience the Size of Grand Central Stationp. 45
The Right to Failp. 53
The Ugliest Girl in the Worldp. 67
Mr and Mrs Woodp. 87
Mad About the Boyp. 103
The Red Queen and the Mad Hatterp. 117
Thirty-Two Faggot Actsp. 138
Hail, Vanessap. 153
O, What a Charge He Madep. 162
'To Be Or Not to Be … Oh F**k!'p. 175
The Pharaoh and the Monsterp. 193
I Need You Nowp. 211
Zionist Hoodlumsp. 225
The Floating Housepartyp. 243
Family Businessp. 255
Exit, Prosperop. 268
Dancing Naked in the Rainp. 282
Offstage Dramap. 293
A Thin Streak of the Irrationalp. 306
The Undiscovered Countryp. 310
Acknowledgementsp. 318
Indexp. 321

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From the landmark films of Tony Richardson to the untimely death of Natasha Richardson - this is the saga of one of the greatest dynasties in British film and theatre.

In 1928, at the end of a production of Hamlet at the Old Vic, Laurence Olivier strode to the front of the stage to hush the audience and announced, pointing at his co-star Michael Redgrave, "Tonight a great actress has been born. Laertes has a daughter". He meant Vanessa Redgrave. That is where this dramatic book's story begins. It concludes in 2009, with the sudden and tragic death in a skiing accident of Vanessa's daughter Natasha Richardson - and further family sorrow soon to follow with the deaths of both Corin and Lynn Redgrave. The story of this amazing family is explosive throughout - from the tangled private life of Tony Richardson, Natasha's father, who directed major films like Joseph Andrews, to Vanessa and Corin's complicated involvement with the Workers' Revolutionary Party, to the emergence of a fourth generation of fine actors with Natasha and Joely. There is truly never a dull moment - but plenty of scandal, melodrama, tragedy and intrigue - in the story of this remarkable dynasty, whose contribution to British drama and film has been immense.

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