And Furthermore

And Furthermore

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From the moment Judi Dench appeared as a teenager in the York Mystery Plays it was clear that acting would be her career. Trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama it was her performance in her twenties as Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's memorable Old Vic production that turned her into a star. But it is her role as 'M' in six James Bond films beginning with Golden Eye in 1995 that has gained her worldwide recognition. This book is, however, much more than a career record. Her marriage (Michael Williams died in 2001), their daughter, and her impish sense of humour contribute vividly to her account of more than half a century as Britain's best-loved actress.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011, c2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312659066
0312659067
Characteristics: xiii, 268 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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FelicityLemon5
Jan 31, 2014

I actually loved this book...it is her 2nd memoir as I understand, so is simply additional stories, that really tell what the life of a successful stage actor is like! Delightful...I have followed Judi's career for a long time, and appreciate her endless humor......plus this would be a perfect read for anyone heading into a theatre major!

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JeanieG
Nov 11, 2013

This is not a biography or auto biography just a run through of some of the shows and movies she has done. Part of the problem is the library's search function - I think it was created in the middle ages and has not been updated since!

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ghreads
Jul 03, 2011

I am a huge fan of Judi Dench, although I know her only in her TV productions aired on PBS (“A Fine Romance”, “As Time Goes By” and “Cranford”) and the movies “Mrs. Brown” and “Ladies in Lavendar”, so I was very much looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, I found it disappointing and I have to agree with the Kirkus review – “It's more of a list than a story” and “great actress, mediocre memoir”.

Dame Judi has had an illustrious career on the stage and in TV and movies. The book is a rather perfunctory recounting of her roles, citing the other actors and directors with whom she worked, many of whom I have never heard of. It includes anecdotes, most of them amusing, about events in the various productions – she obviously has a strong sense of humour and fun.

There are some brief references to her personal life – including her marriage to Michael Williams and their daughter Finty – but these too seem superficial.

The book includes lists of all her roles (she is astonishingly prolific) and her awards (there have been many). In short, the book provides little insight into who Judi Dench is – other than the fact that she has a lot of humour and is enormously energetic.

The last review under the Reviews tab (The Kirkus review) provides an accurate appraisal of the book

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EmilyEm
May 21, 2011

Dame Judi Dench recalls her career so far, recounting every play, television and movie with snapshots of her work with notable directors and actors. This book seems to be a revision of an earlier ?told to' biography, hence its name.

I am more familiar with her films. It was enlightening to read about them, the context of when they were done. The charm and wit we see in some parts she's done seems very like the person she is.

debwalker Mar 06, 2011

The amazing life of Dame Judi Dench.

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