DISTINGUISHED COMPANY by Sir John Gielgud

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KIRKUS REVIEW

So many years ago,"" the concluding words of this retrospective, mist but never obscure Gielgud's memories of those who appeared before him from a seat in the dress circle or with him on the stage -- all going back to the time (1911) when he first saw Peter Pan. These kind, sometimes courtly, impressions with an occasional anecdote include Ellen Terry and the family he shared with her, the difficult and unpredictable Mrs. Patrick Campbell who declared re Noel Coward (long before Capote) that ""His characters talk like typewriting""; John Barrymore, the mercurial Gertrude Lawrence, Vivien Leigh, Charles Laughton and many others -- sometimes from other walks of life.

Pub Date: Nov. 9th, 1973
Publisher: Doubleday