And Furthermore

Author: Judi Dench

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297859684

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 1831

The SUNDAY TIMES bestselling memoir of Britain's best-loved actress, Dame Judi Dench. From the moment Judi Dench appeared as a teenager in the York Mystery Plays it was clear that acting would be her career. Trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama it was her performance in her twenties as Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's memorable Old Vic production that turned her into a star. In the theatre since she has played every classic role from Titania to Cleopatra. She first became a household name via television, thanks initially to a sitcom, A FINE ROMANCE, in which she played alongside the actor Michael Williams, whom she married in 1971. She has since made nine series of another sitcom, AS TIME GOES BY (with Geoffrey Palmer), as well as plays and classic serials such as CRANFORD. In the cinema her films have ranged from LADIES IN LAVENDER (opposite Maggie Smith) through NOTES ON A SCANDAL with Cate Blanchett to SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, in which she played Queen Elizabeth, a role which gained her a Hollywood Oscar. But it is her role as 'M' in seven James Bond films that has gained her worldwide recognition. This book is, however, much more than a career record. Her marriage to Michael Williams, their daughter, and her impish sense of humour contribute vividly to her account of more than half a century as Britain's best-loved actress.
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Judi: Behind the Scenes

With an Introduction by John Miller

Author: Judi Dench

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297608851

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 6950

'National treasure? I hate that. Too dusty, too in a cupboard, too behind glass, too staid ... What I love is being part of a company. On stage I am not trying to be myself, I'm trying to be someone else, the more unlike me the better.' From her first theatrical roles as a teenager in York to her scene-stealing performances as 'M' in the James Bond films, Dame Judi Dench's professional life has consisted of non-stop acting, leading to numerous accolades, including an Academy Award. BEHIND THE SCENES is a uniquely personal take on Dame Judi's life and brilliant career, showing her off stage as well as on: in the wings, off sets, in dressing rooms and happily larking about. Beautifully illustrated with photographs from her own collections, here are reflections and reminiscences on those who have mattered to her most - her family, fellow actors, directors and writers - communicated with the truth and insight of her acting.
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Judi Dench

With A Crack In Her Voice

Author: John Miller

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780226446

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 8009

The first full biography of Britain's leading actress of her time. Whether it is her sunny temperament, her gift of laughter, her wide-ranging abilities, or all three, Judi Dench is without doubt a star. Shortlisted for a 1998 Oscar for her performance as Queen Victoria in MRS BROWN, she then won one for her role as Queen Elizabeth in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. Judi Dench is widely loved, and not only among the theatrical profession. Her long-running appearance opposite Geoffrey Palmer in the TV situation comedy AS TIME GOES BY has run to four series and gained her a TV TIMES readers' award as ¿the actress we most wish see more often on television¿. She juggles the National Theatre (a sell-out season in Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC and David Hare's AMY'S VIEW) with TV and films (she is now established as 'M' in the latest James Bond series). Since the paperback edition was published, John Miller has written a new chapter, bringing what is fast becoming a classic biography completely up-to-date.
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Look to the Lady

Sarah Siddons, Ellen Terry, and Judi Dench on the Shakespearean Stage

Author: Russ McDonald

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820325064

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 172

View: 3038

"McDonald also discerns parallels and distinctions in the approaches of Siddons, Terry, and Dench to the vocation of acting - specifically to Lady Macbeth and other great Shakespearean roles. Look to the Lady also helps us to better understand the place and function of the theater in British national life and what constitutes "great acting" at various historical moments." "Throughout, McDonald blends learned commentary on the history and culture of the stage with entertaining details about the appearance, personality, genealogy, and private life of each actor. Including some rarely seen images and drawing on previously untapped reviews and anecdotes, this is a lively introduction to the burgeoning field of performance criticism."--BOOK JACKET.
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Darling Judi

A Celebration of Judi Dench

Author: Various

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780226454

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 6117

A celebration of Britain's favourite actress, Judi Dench The very name Judi Dench encourages a warm and admiring response from the public and fellow actors alike. Her wide-ranging career includes numerous Shakespearean performances (most recently in ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL at the RSC) and contemporary theatre (in plays by, among others, David Hare and Hugh Whitemore); on television (in the series A FINE ROMANCE and AS TIME GOES BY) and in the cinema (MRS BROWN, her Oscar-winning performance in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, THE SHIPPING NEWS, IRIS, and in four James Bond films as 'M'). Judi Dench is as popular as she is talented - when she and Maggie Smith appeared together in a David Hare play last year all seats were sold for the entire run within 24 hours. John Miller, her biographer, invited fellow actors, writers, and people of the theatre, film and television, to illustrate her genius and her character from their own experience and perspective. With contributors ranging from Billy Connolly to Hugh Whitemore, Bob Larbey to Tim Pigott-Smith, this is a unique portrait of the legend that is Dame Judi Dench.
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Dame Judi Dench: A Biography

Learn about the life and adventures of Judi Dench

Author: Claire Shefchik

Publisher: Hyperink Inc

ISBN: 1614646597

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 30

View: 7832

ABOUT THE BOOK Who Is Judi Dench? Judi Dench appeared onscreen for just eight minutes in the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love, but it was enough to earn her an Academy Award. Dench has an incredible ability to command viewers’ attention in a way few actresses can match. And though her acclaimed performances as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love and Queen Victoria in 1997’s Mrs. Brown has endowed her with a rightful reputation for portraying royalty, the fact is, Dench is a far more versatile and surprising performer than she is credited for. Dench began her acting career at the Old Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company, playing all of the major ingenue roles, including Ophelia and Juliet, where one critic praised her “extraordinary agility of body and mind.” Her popularity in theatre launched her into British television sitcoms in the ‘80s, including A Fine Romance, in which she co-starred with her late husband, actor Michael Williams. In the ‘90s, she starred alongside Geoffrey Palmer in the nostalgic series As Time Goes By, which also became a particular hit with American audiences. Her contributions to entertainment and the arts were enough for Queen Elizabeth II to name her a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1988. It is surprising, despite her long acting resume, that she didn’t achieve national and international fame until the 1990s, when she was already in her sixties. A series of film roles, including a recurring character as British Secret Service head “M” in the James Bond films, cemented her as a fan favorite and made her many directors’ go-to choice to play formidable, aristocratic women. These roles would go on to include the 2002 adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s comedy of manners The Importance of Being Earnest, portraying meddling aunt Lady Bracknell. In 2005, there was Mrs. Henderson Presents’ Laura Henderson, the wealthy widow whose tableaux of nude girls at the Windmill Theatre remained open during the Blitz, and Lady Catherine de Bourgh, trying to keep Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy apart in the big-screen adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Richard Eyre, who directed Dench as the aging writer Iris Murdoch in the 2001 biopic Iris is taken with her ability to “turn a whole line on a syllable," according to BBC News. Actor Ian McKellen has praised her “blazing sincerity and honesty.” In a Hollywood all too often obsessed with youth, Dench stands as proof that not only is an actress’s career not over once she reaches middle age, it may only be beginning. In 1999, at the age of 65, Dench returned to Broadway for the first time in forty years. She earned a Tony after Eyre directed her in Amy’s View. When Dench appeared as Lilli La Fleur in Rob Marshall’s 2009 film adaptation of Maury Yeston’s Broadway hit Nine, casual fans were surprised by her musical acumen, though it proved to be only another talent on her versatile repertoire. As far back as 1968, she played Sally Bowles in the original West End production of Cabaret, and TalkTalk biographer Dominic Wills describes her as a “hugely emotive singer,” having “devastated” audiences with her version of “Send in the Clowns” from Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. In the ‘90s, Dench took her place alongside former co-stars Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Helen Mirren (Gosford Park, The Queen), both of whom, like Dench, got their starts at the Old Vic and Royal Shakespeare Company, as a class of British actresses who, though of an older generation, still continue to appear in exciting, relevant, and critically-acclaimed roles... ...buy the book to continue reading!
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Judi Dench

Scenes from My Life

Author: Judi Dench

Publisher: Orion

ISBN: 9780297844273

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 223

View: 9740

Judi Dench is Britain's best-loved actress of our time. Her very name encourages a warm and admiring response from the public, whether for Shakespearean performances (most recently the Countess in All's Well That Ends Well) or in the contemporary theatre (plays by David Hare and Hugh Whitemore among them), or on TV (the series A Fine Romance and As Time Goes By) or in the cinema (Mrs Brown, her Oscar-winning performance in Shakespeare in Love, Iris, Shipping News, Ladies in Lavender, and four James Bond films as 'M'). Now she opens her photograph albums publicly for the first time, contributing substantial memoir and captions to pictures from throughout her seventy years. The private albums are augmented by photographs showing her work across 50 years of acting - on stage, film and TV. Here are previously unseen pictures of Judi's happy childhood in York before the second world war, family holidays, schooldays and her first work as an amateur actor in her teens in York. We see her growing up, drama school and the performance that made her name as Juliet in Franco Zefferilli's famous and controversial production at the Old Vic when Judi was in her early twenties. To these are added informal shots back stage and off set, as well as photographs of her own family, her actor husband Michael Williams, daughter Finty and grandson Sam. Britain's much loved Judi Dench as you have not seen her before.
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Behind the Scenes

Author: Judi Dench

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466882190

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 3022

From her first theatrical roles as a teenager in York to her scene-stealing performances as 'M' in the James Bond films, Dame Judi Dench's professional life has consisted of non-stop acting, leading to numerous accolades, including an Academy Award for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love. Behind the Scenes is a candid blend of reminiscences and photos, many of them never-before-seen from her personal collection. It's a uniquely personal take on her life and brilliant career, showing her off-stage as well as on. Looking back, she provides her millions of fans with reflections and remembrances of those who have mattered to her most - her family, fellow actors, directors and writers - communicating them with the truth and insight that is the hallmark of her acting. Behind the Scenes takes up where her New York Times bestselling memoir and furthermore left off. Dame Judi looks back on the last few years to talk about her role as "M" in the Bond films, the joy of ensemble acting in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the chance to tell the story of the heroic woman at the center of Philomena, her joy in appearing with other great actresses in the MaterpieceTheatre Cranford and her return to the stage in Peter and Alice. Tireless in her desire to perfect her craft, she says "I simply want to go on acting. I suppose I could always be wheeled on stage if necessary. The great thing about acting is that it never ends."
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Philomena

Eine Mutter sucht ihren Sohn

Author: Martin Sixsmith

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 384370869X

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 4557

Philomena Lee ist selbst noch fast ein Kind, als sie hochschwanger im Kloster Zuflucht sucht. Doch statt Barmherzigkeit erwartet sie dort ein unerbittliches System: Im Irland der 50er-Jahre verkaufen die Nonnen jedes uneheliche Kind, das in ihrem Konvent geboren wird, mit neuer Identität in die USA. Wie viele andere Mütter verliert auch Philomena ihren Sohn, aus Anthony Lee wird mit drei Jahren Michael Hess. Mutter und Sohn können einander nicht vergessen, doch erst 50 Jahre später erfährt Philomena, was aus ihrem Sohn geworden ist.
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Gielgud, Olivier, Ashcroft, Dench

Great Shakespeareans:

Author: Russell Jackson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 147253946X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

View: 6365

Great Shakespeareans offers a systematic account of those figures who have had the greatest influence on the interpretation, understanding and cultural reception of Shakespeare, both nationally and internationally. In this volume, leading scholars assess the contribution of John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft and Judi Dench to the afterlife and reception of Shakespeare and his plays. Each substantial contribution assesses the double impact of Shakespeare on the figure covered and of the figure on the understanding, interpretation and appreciation of Shakespeare, provide a sketch of their subject's intellectual and professional biography and an account of the wider cultural context, including comparison with other figures or works within the same field.
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The Arts

Author: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

ISBN: 1615355642

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 5667

Updated for 2012 and part of the Britannica Learning Library Series, in The Arts, you will learn about a wide variety of visual and performing arts and meet some of the greatest artists of yesterday and today.
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Das große James Bond-Lexikon

Aktualisierte und erweiterte Neuauflage

Author: Siegfried Tesche

Publisher: hockebooks

ISBN: 3943824667

Category: Fiction

Page: 380

View: 6314

Aktualisierte und erweiterte Neuauflage zum Kinostart von »Spectre«. Wussten Sie schon, dass James Bond im Eurotunnel Helmut Kohl gerettet hat, dass er einmal im Zug von Berlin Richtung Ruhrgebiet an Hannover vorbeigefahren ist, dort eine Frau geliebt hat und sich mit zwei Killern herumschlagen musste? Wissen Sie, wie der Wodka Martini zubereitet wird, den 007 so gerne trinkt, und was aus den anderen Doppel-Null-Agenten so geworden ist? Wussten Sie schon, dass Bond pro Film etwa sieben Mordanschlägen entgeht, im Durchschnitt acht Gegner tötet, aber nur mit zwei Frauen schläft? Alle Filme, alle Bücher, alle Namen, alle Parodien, alles Wissenswerte um den berühmtesten Agenten im Dienste Ihrer Majestät. Mit über 00700 Einträgen, Statistiken, Listings, Daten und Kuriositäten ist »Das große James Bond-Lexikon« weltweit einzigartig. Und es hat mehr als 007 Monate gedauert, um es zu recherchieren. Aber das wussten Sie sicher ...
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Brian and Me

Life on - and off - The Archers

Author: Charles Collingwood

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 1843177552

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

View: 8035

Since 1975 Charles Collingwood has also been known as Brian Aldridge - 'the JR of Ambridge' - the upper-class charmer with more than a dash of naughty wickedness. Charles' alter-ego has kept him pretty busy, from affairs and illegitimate children, to ventures into the sausage business. His long-suffering on-air wife is Jennifer, but in reality his wife is also his co-star, Shula, played by Judy Bennett, who he met over 25 years ago. Actor, wit and bonviveur, Charles Collingwood began his acting career after studying at RADA by working as an actor in rep theatre. In the mid-1970s he met Judy, who was already playing Shula in The Archers, and the rest is history. Aside from his most famous alter-ego however, Charles has also appeared in television shows, from Inspector Morse and Midsomer Murders to Roger Roger and Noel Edmunds' Telly Addicts, and has guested on several radio shows, including Just a Minute and Quote Unquote. Brian and Me is the wonderfully funny and vibrant memoir of an allround entertainer.
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The Routledge Companion to Actors' Shakespeare

Author: John Russell Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136720375

Category: Drama

Page: 288

View: 8091

The Routledge Companion to Actors’ Shakespeare is a window onto how today’s actors contribute to the continuing life and relevance of Shakespeare’s plays. The process of acting is notoriously hard to document, but this volume reaches behind famous performances to examine the actors’ craft, their development and how they engage with playtexts. Each chapter relies upon privilieged access to its subject to offer an unparalleled insight into contemporary practice. This volume explores the techniques, interpretive approaches and performance styles of the following actors: Simon Russell Beale, Sinead Cusack, Judi Dench, Kate Duchene, Colm Feore, Mariah Gale, John Harrell, Greg Hicks, Rory Kinnear, Kevin Kline, Adrian Lester, Marcelo Magni, Ian McKellen, Patrice Naiambana, Vanessa Redgrave, Piotr Semak, Anthony Sher, Jonathan Slinger, Kate Valk, Harriet Walter This twin volume to The Routledge Companion to Directors’ Shakespeare is an essential work for both actors and students of Shakespeare.
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