Doc í In Spite of Myself A Memoir ´ 656 pages Æ Christopher plummer

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Doc í In Spite of Myself A Memoir ´ 656 pages Æ Christopher plummer Æ ➷ In Spite of Myself A Memoir Free ➭ Author Christopher Plummer – A rollicking rich portrait of a life And what a life By one of today’s greatest living actorsHe was born a CanadiA rollicking rich portrait of a life of Myself PDF #186 And what a life By one of today’s greatest living actorsHe was born a Canadian on a Friday the thirteenth in the year of the Crash His boyhood was one of privilege an ancestor was a Governor General his great grandfather Sir John Abbott was Canada’s third prime minister and owned railroads There were steam yachts mansions and a life of Victorian gentility and somewhat cluttered splendorPlummer In Spite Kindle tells how “this young bilingual wastrel incurably romantic spoiled rotten tore himself away from the ski slopes to break into the big bad world of theatre not from the streets up but from an Edwardian living room down” and writes of his early acting days as an eighteen year old playing the lead in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline directed by the legendary Komisarjevsky of Moscow’s Imperial TheatreWe see his glorious New York of the fifties where life Spite of Myself PDF #9734 began at midnight with the likes of Arthur Miller Carson McCullers Tennessee Williams and Paddy Chayefsky and how Plummer’s own Broadway world developed and swept him along through the last Golden Age the American Theatre would ever remember how the sublime Ruth Chatterton “she might have been created by F Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis” introduced him to the right people in New York how Miss Eva Le Galli Well worth reading I found the last chapter or two incredibly moving I will read again for all the parts I missed Agreed it is a little long but Christopher Plummer's memoir is a real gift to his fans on many levels

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Enne gave Plummer his Broadway debut at twenty five in The Starcross Story “It opened and closed in one night One solitary night But what a night” He writes about Miss Katherine Cornell the last stage star to travel by private train who with her husband Guthrie McClintic added to what experience Plummer had the necessary gloss spit and polish to take him to the next level Guthrie bundled Plummer off to Paris for a production of Medea opposite Dame Judith Anderson “a little Tasmanian devil who with one look could turn an audience to stone”Plummer writes about the great producers with whom he worked Kermit Bloomgarden Robert Whitehead and Roger Stevens about Lillian Hellman Leonard Bernstein Elia Kazan “If you weren’t careful this chameleon of chameleons might change into you wear your skin steal your soul” and the miracle that was the new Stratford Festival in Canada where Plummer blossomed in the classics under the extraordinary Tyrone Guthrie He writes about his too brief encounters with his favorite geniuses Orson Welles and Jonathan Miller He writes about his lifelong friendships with Raymond Massey and the wild Kate Reid and with that fugitive from the Navy “that reprobate and staunch drinking buddy the true reincarnation of Eugene O’Neill whose blood was mixed with firewater” Jason Robards JrPlummer writes about his affairs and I picked up this biography not knowing much about the life of Christopher Plummer I just wanted Sound of Music scoops I think this book would appeal to fans of his theater work it’s all a little too high brow for me but still I enjoyed it overallI got so much out of this memoire than I anticipated who knew Christopher Plummer was such player and not just on the stage He’s a charming boozing womanizing cocky overconfident man I would say Captain Von Trapp comes close to being his polar opposite but his writing is witty self deprecating packed with great one liners and so hilariously honest that it was a pleasure to read I didn’t get very many Sound of Music scoops but I love that he refers to it as ‘SM’ ha He also says that “watching the Sound of Music is like being beaten to death with a Hallmark card” Hysterical If I knew he was Canadian I had forgotten so it was a real treat to read about Montreal my city in the ‘old days’; I found myself pining for a time I didn’t know I think to satisfy my craving for behind the scenes gossip I’ll give the book “Forever Liesl” by Charmian Carr a try

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In Spite of Myself A MemoirHis marriages and about his daughter Amanda who “despite her slim looks and tiny bones could raise tempests guaranteed to loosen the foundation of any theatre in which she chose to rage”We see him becoming a leading actor for Peter Hall’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre with a company of young talented players each destined for stardom Judi Dench Vanessa Redgrave Peter O’Toole et al collectively the future of the English stage The old guard was brilliantly represented by Dames Edith Evans and Peggy Ashcroft and Sir John Gielgud Plummer the only fugitive from the New World played Richard III Benedick and Henry II in BecketHe writes about his film career The Sound of Music affectionately dubbed “SM” Inside Daisy Clover which brought him together with the beautiful Natalie Wood John Huston’s The Man Who Would Be King Plummer was Rudyard Kipling He tells the story of accepting Sir Laurence Olivier’s invitation to join the National Theatre Company playing in Amphytron directed by Olivier himself “a great actor but lousy director” and writes about falling deeply in love with and eventually marrying a young actress and dancer Elaine Taylor to this day his “one true strength”Seamlessly written with stories that make us laugh out loud and that make real the fascinating complex exuberant adventure that is the actor’s at least this actor’s li It took me the better part of two weeks to read this not because it is a bad book but because it is so overwhelming in scope I was amazed at the number of people this man has worked with over the last forty years ranging from Lillian Hellman and Raymond Massey to Russell Crowe and Spike Lee The sheer number of names dropped from the world of Hollywood and New York Theatre are amazing Plummer is probably best known as the Baron von Trapp from the Sound of Music and after thirty years or so he now admits that the film is actually pretty good even though for years he called it The Sound of Mucus or SM He still maintains that as a non singer and non dancer he was horribly miscast but does now admit that the film itself isn't awful This is a fascinating autobiography full of life humor and tragedy some his own most of the various stars he has worked with over the years It was slow going but well worth the time and effort spend