Hollywood superstar; Oscar-winning director; greatest stage actor of the twentieth century.
His era abounded in greats - Gielgud, Richardson, Guinness, Burton, O'Toole - but none could challenge Laurence Olivier's range and power.
By the 1940s he had achieved international stardom. His affair with Vivien Leigh led to a marriage as glamorous and as tragic as any in Hollywood history.
He was as accomplished a director as he was a leading man: his three Shakespearian adaptations are among the most memorable ever filmed.
Off-stage, Olivier was the most extravagant of characters: generous, yet almost insanely jealous of those few contemporaries whom he deemed to be his rivals; charming but with a ferocious temper.
With access to more than fifty hours of candid, unpublished interviews, Philip Ziegler ensures that Olivier's true character - at its most undisguised - shines through as never before.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages, illustrations (black and white)
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 04/09/2014
- Category: Theatre studies
- ISBN: 9781782067887