Matinee Idol to Movie Star
Methuen Drama 2012
Paperback 734pp Illustrated
9781408179451   Product Code: 20588
John Gielgud was both a consummate Shakespearian and a much-loved film star. Drawing on interviews with family, colleagues and friends, along with hundreds of unpublished letters, this authoritative, hugely entertaining biography charts his glittering career in full. It explores Gielgud's volatile relationship with Laurence Olivier, his tribulations as a gay man in an era of prejudice, and his extraordinary late flowering in the plays of Harold Pinter, to provide a rounded portrait of a brilliant, complex and mercurial man.