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And furthermore [sound recording]
Dench, Judi
Adult Fiction PN2598.D447 A3 2010

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this warmhearted memoir, actress Dench brings such a fresh and natural reaction as she describes her roles from Mother Courage to Cleopatra, Lady Bracknell and Sally Bowles that a sense of identification occurs; Dench shows the theatrical inside plumbing of the player and how personal insights, emotional backstories, and initial responses create the character. She believes she is blessed with her marriage to actor Michael Williams and a supportive and understanding family, sharing stories about them as well as about actors Sir John Gielgud, Peggy Ashcroft, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Stephen Sondheim. Her tales of finding movie fame later in her career and her trips on the Oscar red carpet are heartfelt whether she's with Cate Blanchett or Vin Diesel. With candor and wit, Dench interweaves her stage presences with her love of playing pranks on fellow actors, on the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and on Broadway. Considering the idea of retirement, she says, "you retire to do things that you really want to do. Well, I am doing things I want to do now." Photos. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

In her preface, celebrated stage and screen actress Dench declares that this book is not an autobiography, something she had neither the time nor the skill to write. Instead, it's meant as a companion to the biography and other works by John Miller (who gets an "as told to" credit here), with Dench's own reflections on her roles and her fellow actors. After quickly dispensing with her early years, Dench gets right down to her first role at the Old Vic-Ophelia, via unnerving on-again, off-again casting. Then she's on to the Royal Shakespeare Company, marriage to Michael Williams, experiences in film and television and on Broadway, receipt of an Oscar and an OBE, and more. It's all told in a dry, engaging voice, at once fierce and modest; Dench is forthright about her own slip-ups and the plays she loathes (including The Merchant of Venice). Clearly, Dench finds acting both all-absorbing and a real hoot; she and her colleagues cut up a lot. Young actors should attend to her comments on the value of theater training. VERDICT A delightful visit with a rare actress, definitely worth reading even for those acquainted with Miller's works.-Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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