And Furthermore

Author: Judi Dench

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429960649

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 4964

I can hardly believe that it is more than half a century since I first stepped on to the stage of the Old Vic Theatre and into a way of life that has brought me the most rewarding professional relationships and friendships. I cannot imagine now ever doing anything else with my life except acting..." – Judi Dench From London's glittering West End to Broadway's bright lights, from her Academy Award-winning role as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love to "M" in the James Bond films, Judi Dench has treated audiences to some of the greatest performances of our time. She made her professional acting debut in 1957 with England's Old Vic theatre company playing Ophelia in Hamlet , Katherine in Henry V (her New York debut), and then, Juliet. In 1961, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company playing Anya in The Cherry Orchard with John Gielgud and Peggy Ashcroft. In 1968, she went beyond the classical stage to become a sensation as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, adding musical comedy to her repertoire. Over the years, Dench has given indelible performances in the classics as well as some of the greatest plays and musicals of the twentieth century including Noël Coward's Hay Fever, Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, Kaufman and Hart's The Royal Family and David Hare's Amy's View (for which she won the Tony Award). Recently, she made a triumphant return to A Midsummer Night's Dream as Titania, a role she first played in 1962, now played as a theatre-besotted Queen Elizabeth I. Her film career has been filled with unforgettable performances of some unforgettable women: Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown, the terrifying schoolteacher Barbara Covett in Notes on a Scandal and the writer Iris Murdoch in Iris. And, for the BBC, Dench created another unforgettable woman when she brought her great comic timing and deeply felt emotions to the role of Jean Pargetter in the long-running BBC series As Time Goes By. And Furthermore is, however, more than the story of a great actress's career. It is also the story of Judi Dench's life: her early days as a child in a family that was in love with the theatre; her marriage to actor Michael Williams; the joy she takes in her daughter, the actress Finty Williams, and her grandson, Sammy. Filled with Dench's impish sense of humor, diamond-sharp intelligence and photos from her personal archives, And Furthermore is the book every fan of the great Judi Dench will cherish.
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Judi Dench

Scenes from My Life

Author: Judi Dench

Publisher: Orion

ISBN: 9780297844273

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 223

View: 4694

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: 5560

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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Judi Dench

With A Crack In Her Voice

Author: John Miller

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780226446

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 2751

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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Esio Trot

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141347341

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 80

View: 1596

High up in a tall building lives Mr Hoppy all alone. Downstairs lives Mrs Silver. Mr Hoppy loves her. And Mrs Silver loves her tortoise, Alfie. Oh, if only Mr Hoppy could perform some great feat that would make him a hero in her eyes! Then one day his mind goes click and an amazing idea rushes into his head. With the help of a magical spell, some cabbage leaves and one hundred and forty tortoises, can shy Mr Hoppy win Mrs Silver's heart?
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A Bunch Of Sweet Peas

Author: Henry Donald

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 1782110844

Category: Fiction

Page: 64

View: 1541

In 1911, in the Scottish Border village of Sprouston, the young parish minister wrote to the Daily Mail for entry forms for its sweet pea competition.The top prize was a staggering £1000 and organisers predicted that as many as 15,000 would enter. He could not foretell that the paper's estimate of the number of competitors would be more than doubled, or that a fortnight before the deadline a nation-wide drought would threaten the very existence of the sweet peas he was so painstakingly cultivating. This touching - and beautifully illustrated - tale is based on a true story.
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Darling Judi

A Celebration of Judi Dench

Author: Various

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780226454

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 6301

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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The Lost Child of Philomena Lee

A Mother, Her Son and a Fifty Year Search

Author: Martin Sixsmith

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0230753213

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

View: 9564

When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent at Roscrea in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him from her and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising never to attempt to see her child again, she nonetheless spent the next fifty years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic. Philomena's son, renamed Michael Hess, grew up to be a top Washington lawyer and a leading Republican official in the Reagan and Bush administrations. But he was a gay man in a homophobic party where he had to conceal not only his sexuality but, eventually, the fact that he had AIDs. With little time left, he returned to Ireland and the convent where he was born: his desperate quest to find his mother before he died left a legacy that was to unfold with unexpected consequences for all involved. The Lost Child of Philomena Lee is the tale of a mother and a son whose lives were scarred by the forces of hypocrisy on both sides of the Atlantic and of the secrets they were forced to keep. A compelling narrative of human love and loss, Martin Sixsmith's moving account is both heartbreaking yet ultimately redemptive.
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Judi: Behind the Scenes

With an Introduction by John Miller

Author: Judi Dench

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 0297608851

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 8540

'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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Dementia: The One-Stop Guide

Practical advice for families, professionals, and people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Author: June Andrews

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847659918

Category: Self-Help

Page: 401

View: 2609

Across the world, 44.4 million people live with dementia. Hundreds of millions of people are affected by the dementia of parents, partners, siblings or friends. And as much of the world struggles with an aging population, dementia is set to become ever more of a challenge for societies and individuals. But still, most people who are diagnosed, or who are dealing with the diagnosis of a loved one, feel as though they are alone. Dementia: The One-Stop Guide aims to fill this gap, providing practical information and support for living with, or caring for, dementia. With clear and sensible information about recognising symptoms, getting help, managing financially, staying at home, treatment, being a carer and staying positive, this guide will help those with dementia and their families to make sure that they can stay well and happy as long as possible.
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Notes on a Scandal

What Was She Thinking?: A Novel

Author: Zoë Heller

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 9781429912174

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 6962

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Now a Major Motion Picture Schoolteacher Barbara Covett has led a solitary life until Sheba Hart, the new art teacher at St. George's, befriends her. But even as their relationship develops, so too does another: Sheba has begun an illicit affair with an underage male student. When the scandal turns into a media circus, Barbara decides to write an account in her friend's defense--and ends up revealing not only Sheba's secrets, but also her own.
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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: 8350

"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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Dementia: What You Need to Know

Practical Advice for Families, Professionals, and People Living with Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease Around the World

Author: June Andrews

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781781256701

Category:

Page: 352

View: 8536

Across the world, 44 million people live with dementia. Hundreds of millions of people are affected by the dementia of parents, partners, siblings or friends. And as much of the world struggles with an aging population, dementia is set to become ever more of a challenge for societies and individuals. But most people who are diagnosed, or who are dealing with the diagnosis of a loved one, feel as though they are alone. This book fills the gap, providing practical information and support for living with, or caring for, Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. With clear and sensible information about recognising symptoms, getting help, managing financially, staying at home, treatment, being a carer and staying positive, this guide will help those with dementia and their families to make sure that they can stay well and happy as long as possible.
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Judi Dench

With A Crack In Her Voice

Author: John Miller

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 1780226446

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 829

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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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: 3331

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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The Actor Speaks

Voice and the Performer

Author: Patsy Rodenburg

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1250102944

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 416

View: 6236

In The Actor Speaks, Patsy Rodenburg takes actors and actresses, both professional and beginners, through a complete voice workshop. She touches on every aspect of performance work that involves the voice and sorts through the kinds of vexing problems every performer faces onstage: breath and relaxation; vocal range and power; communication with other actors; singing and acting simultaneously; working on different sized stages and in both large and small auditoriums; approaching the vocal demands of different kinds of scripts. This is the final word on the actor's voice and it's destined to become the classic work on the subject for some time to come.
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Amy's View

A Play in Four Acts

Author: David Hare

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 9780573627002

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 117

View: 7347

1979. Esme Allen is a well-known West End actress at just the moment when the West End is ceasing to offer actors a regular way of life. The visit of her young daughter, Amy, with a new boyfriend sets in train a series of events which only find their shape sixteen years later. David Hare's new play, which mixes love, death, and the theatre in a heady and original way, was sold out at the National Theatre, and transferred to the West End in January 1998. This is the definitive version of "Amy's View."
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Victoria & Abdul (Movie Tie-In)

The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant

Author: Shrabani Basu

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0525434429

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 8706

Soon to be a Major Motion Picture starring Dame Judi Dench from director Stephen Frears, releasing September 22, 2017. History’s most unlikely friendship—this is the astonishing story of Queen Victoria and her dearestcompanion, the young Indian Munshi Abdul Karim. In the twilight years of her reign, after the devastating deaths of hertwo great loves—Prince Albert and John Brown—Queen Victoria meets tall and handsome Abdul Karim, a humble servant from Agra waiting tables at her Golden Jubilee. The two form an unlikely bond and within a year Abdul becomes a powerful figure at court, the Queen’s teacher, her counsel on Urdu and Indian affairs, and a friend close to her heart. This marked the beginning of the most scandalous decade in Queen Victoria’s long reign. As the royal household roiled with resentment, Victoria and Abdul’s devotion grew in defiance. Drawn from secrets closely guarded for more than a century, Victoria & Abdul is an extraordinary and intimate history of the last years of the nineteenth-century English court and an unforgettable view onto the passions of an aging Queen.
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Pooh Goes Visiting

Author: A. A. Milne

Publisher: Dutton Childrens Books

ISBN: 9780525468219

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

View: 884

When Winnie-the-Pooh visits his friend Rabbit, he gets stuck in the entrance hole and may have to wait until he loses some weight to get unstuck. Simultaneous.
Posted in Juvenile Fiction