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Who created it? O'Connor, Garry, author.
What's it called? Ian McKellen : a biography / Garry O'Connor.
Who published it? New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
Edition info! First U.S. edition.
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What's it like? xii, 356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Helpful notes! Includes index.
What's it about? "The definitive biography of Sir Ian McKellen from an acclaimed biographer. In 2001, Ian McKellen put on the robe and pointed hat of a wizard named Gandalf and won a place in the hearts of Tolkien fans worldwide. Though his role in the film adaptation of Lord of the Rings introduced him to a new audience, McKellen had a thriving career a lifetime before his visit to Middle Earth. He made his West End acting debut in 1964 in James Saunders's A Scent of Flowers, but it was in 1980 that he took Broadway by storm when he played Antonio Salieri in Peter Shaffer's Tony-Award-winning play Amadeus. He has starred in over four hundred plays and films and he is that rare character: a celebrity whose distinguished political and social service has transcended his international fame to reach beyond the stage and screen. The breadth of his career-professional, personal and political-has been truly staggering: Macbeth (opposite Judi Dench), Iago, King Lear, Chekhov's Sorin in The Seagull and Becket's tramp Estragon (opposite Patrick Stewart) in Waiting for Godot. Add to all this his tireless political activism in the cause of gay equality and you have a veritable phenomenon. Garry O'Connor's Ian McKellen: A Biography probes the heart of the actor, recreating his greatest stage roles and exploring his personal life. Ian McKellen will show readers what makes a great actor tick. His life story has been a constantly developing drama and this biography is the next chapter"-- Provided by publisher.
What's in it? The brown god -- The clatter of clogs -- Unfinished business -- The mafia -- Undeclared but hidden passion -- Encounter with a giant -- We can't match him -- Jeunesse Dorée in dour Edinburgh -- Travels with my peers -- Wolfitting down Hamlet -- Actors seize power! -- One step forward, two back -- or one back, two forward? -- The matching of equals -- Enter Ganymede -- Validation -- The robot factory -- Body and soul -- The other strong yearning -- Pay-off performance -- Not so much in the cupboard but in the safe -- Self-awakening to spirit -- Who was Olivier's true heir? -- Underneath all the tolerance -- Shining a light through celluloid -- New labour interlude -- Hollywood god hubris -- Your double goes before you -- A footfall of memory interlude -- Saturnalia time -- Tergiversator -- Double standards -- The McKellen banterland -- It's a mad, mad world, my masters -- Small men locked in a big space -- What do we do now we're happy? Vicious old queens -- Corporate caretaking -- Gandalf doesn't do weddings -- neither does Lear -- Finale.
Helpful subjects! McKellen, Ian.
Actors -- Great Britain -- Biography.
McKellen, Ian. (OCoLC)fst00138350
Actors. (OCoLC)fst00796296
Great Britain. (OCoLC)fst01204623
It's a special thing! Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Special numbers! 9781250223883 (hardcover)
1250223881 (hardcover)
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