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Judi Dench : with a crack in her voice, the biography
Miller, John, 1937-
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First Welcome Rain edition, first edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Welcome Rain Publishers, 2000.
Physical Description:
xiii, 332 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
Originally published: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998.
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PN2598.D447 M55 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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PN2598.D447 M55 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
PN2598.D447 M55 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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In this authorized, affectionate biography, the first time she has cooperated in the telling of her story, Dench talks of those who have most influenced her work and her way of life and reflects upon her most illustrious career, including her recent ascent to superstar status in America.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

From her stage work in Shakespeare, Chekhov and Shaw, to her startling reinterpretation of "M" in the Bond series, to her brilliant turns as Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth in Mrs. Brown and Shakespeare in Love, Dame Judi Dench has secured a place in both the critical and popular imagination as one of the most talented and celebrated actors working on the stage or screen today. While Miller's biography exhaustively chronicles her public career, it doesn't probe the veil of privacy Dench has drawn around her personal life. The daughter of a doctor, Dench was born in 1934 in middle-class comfort. A prize-winning student, she participated in amateur theater with her family. After training at the Old Vic, she played Ophelia. In 1968, she originated the role of Cabaret's Sally Bowles in London's West End and a year later became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, working frequently in television and films as well as on stage. Miller is adept at detailing and contextualizing Dench's career; she has interviewed almost everyone with whom Dench has worked. While she covers the milestones in Dench's personal life--including her 1971 marriage to actor Michael Williams and the birth of her daughter, Finty, a year later--fans interested in dish or personal drama will have to wait for an encore. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Miller (Ralph Richardson: The Authorized Biography) offers a unique work in that the only other full-length biography of the actress is Gerald Jacob's Judi Dench: A Great Deal of Laughter: An Authorized Biography, written a decade before she achieved worldwide fame. The chronology of Dench's personal life and career is faithfully constructed, but the essence of the human being that can be magically captured by a biographer is missing, replaced by a surfeit. A future work is anticipated that will fully portray this amazingly versatile actress, who has played theater roles ranging from Lady Macbeth to Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and film roles that include the diabolical "M" in two James Bond movies and Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown. Not recommended.--Bruce Henson, Georgia Inst. of Technology Lib. & Information Ctr., Atlanta (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.