In Spite of Myself: A Memoir

In Spite of Myself: A Memoir

Christopher Plummer


Canada’s such a lot celebrated and acclaimed actor shall we unfastened in an impressive memoir that might pride and enchant readers around the country.

A rollicking, wealthy self-portrait written by way of one in every of today’s maximum dwelling actors. the tale of a “young wastrel, incurably romantic, spoiled rotten” – his privileged Montreal historical past, wealthy in Victorian gentility, integrated steam yachts, infrequent orchid farms, song classes in Paris and Berlin – “who tore himself clear of the ski slopes to damage into the massive, undesirable international of theater no longer from the streets up yet from an Edwardian lounge down.”

Plummer writes of his early performing days – on radio and level with William Shatner and different fellow Canadians; of the early days of the Stratford competition in southern Ontario; of his Broadway debut at twenty-four within the Starcross tale, starring Eva Le Gallienne (“It opened and closed in a single evening, yet what a night!”); of becoming a member of Peter Hall’s Royal Shakespeare corporation (its different contributors integrated Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave and Peter O’Toole); of his first photo, level Struck, directed through Sidney Lumet; and of The Sound of song, which he affectionately dubbed “S&M.”

He writes approximately his mythical colleagues: Dame Judith Anderson (“the Tasmanian satan from Down Under”); Sir Tyrone Guthrie; Sir Laurence Olivier; Elia Kazan (“this chameleon of chameleons may well grow to be you, put on your epidermis, thieve your soul”); and “that reprobate” Jason Robards, between many others.

A revelation of the wild and exuberant trip that's the actor’s – not less than this actor’s – life.

From the Hardcover edition.

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