OLIVIER: AN INFORMAL PORTRAIT by Virginia Fairweather

OLIVIER: AN INFORMAL PORTRAIT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

When first met here during an association of close to twenty years (although this book really begins in the late '50's) Olivier is seen looking ""jolly fearsome."" He had rather touchy attitudes toward the press of which Mrs. Fairweather is a representative but they seemed to have a fairly good working rapport -- she knew him best when she became the Press Representative of the National Theatre in which he was so actively engaged during this time. Up Until her hard to explain (and she certainly was never given any reason) and summary dismissal after years of devotion. Not that that distorts her view of Olivier, seen here as a rather driven devotee of his art, occasionally impatient and quixotic. There's very little really of the man or his personal life (this begins roughly with his marriage to Joan Plowright; ends with the period of Vivien's death coinciding with his illness -- cancer) and documents the productions they worked on in the form of expanded program notes...... Most of it's written in publicist prose and it could be read very quickly -- almost between the acts.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1969
Publisher: Coward-McCann