The House of Redgrave: The Lives of a Theatrical Dynasty

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More than seventy years ago, after a performance of Hamlet at the Old Vic, Laurence Olivier stepped out from behind the curtain to announce, 'Ladies and gentlemen, tonight a great actress has been born: Laertes has a daughter.' Her parents had already named her Vanessa.

Between them, Michael Redgrave's children and grandchildren would go on to win four Golden Globes, a Tony Award and an Oscar. Yet just as Prometheus was punished for giving fire to humanity, so the Redgrave ...

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Overview

More than seventy years ago, after a performance of Hamlet at the Old Vic, Laurence Olivier stepped out from behind the curtain to announce, 'Ladies and gentlemen, tonight a great actress has been born: Laertes has a daughter.' Her parents had already named her Vanessa.

Between them, Michael Redgrave's children and grandchildren would go on to win four Golden Globes, a Tony Award and an Oscar. Yet just as Prometheus was punished for giving fire to humanity, so the Redgrave family has suffered more than its fair share of the most appalling unhappiness: within just over a year of each other, Vanessa's daughter, brother and sister would die. The Redgrave family story is a febrile mix of ambition, scandal and tragedy that for some of them ends in a remote country churchyard, 80 miles north of Manhattan…

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"Though touted incorrectly as "the first full biography of this...remarkable family" (Donald Spoto's The Redgraves: A Family Epic was published in 2012), this effort does take a different tack from previous books. Spoto concentrates on the patriarch, Michael Redgrave, whereas Adler (Hollywood and the Mob: Movies, Mafia, Sex and Death) places the most emphasis on director Tony Richardson (Tom Jones), Vanessa's first husband and the father of Natasha and Joely. This is a welcome addition to the literature since little has been written about Richardson, except his autobiography published posthumously in 1993, which supposedly glossed over the facts of his life. Similarly, Corin Redgrave is often overlooked because of his more famous sisters, Vanessa and Lynn. Here Adler shares the family's lesser-known stories along with scandals (Vanessa's affair with Franco Nero), tragedies (the early deaths of Natasha and Lynn), and political activism (Vanessa started very early) of this famous family in a wonderfully gossipy, intimate tone that will delight celebrity watchers. VERDICT This well-researched work is a nice complement to Spoto's earlier book." — Library Journal
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Though touted incorrectly as "the first full biography of this…remarkable family" (Donald Spoto's The Redgraves: A Family Epic was published in 2012), this effort does take a different tack from previous books. Spoto concentrates on the patriarch, Michael Redgrave, whereas Adler (Hollywood and the Mob: Movies, Mafia, Sex and Death) places the most emphasis on director Tony Richardson (Tom Jones), Vanessa's first husband and the father of Natasha and Joely. This is a welcome addition to the literature since little has been written about Richardson, except his autobiography published posthumously in 1993, which supposedly glossed over the facts of his life. Similarly, Corin Redgrave is often overlooked because of his more famous sisters, Vanessa and Lynn. Here Adler shares the family's lesser-known stories along with the scandals (Vanessa's affair with Franco Nero), tragedies (the early deaths of Natasha and Lynn), and political activism (Vanessa started very early) of this famous family in a wonderfully gossipy, intimate tone that will delight celebrity watchers. VERDICT This well-researched work is a nice complement to Spoto's earlier book.—Rosellen Brewer, Sno-Isle Libs., Marysville, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845136239
  • Publisher: Aurum Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Alder's previous books areHollywood and the MobandThe Producers: Money, Movies and Who Really Calls the Shots. He has written for theDaily Telegraph, theFinancial TimesandThe Times.
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Table of Contents

1 And Laertes Had a Daughter 1

2 Perfection Is Not an Aim 17

3 Ever Feel You've Been Cheated? 33

4 A Conscience the Size of Grand Central Station 45

5 The Right to Fail 53

6 The Ugliest Girl in the World 67

7 Mr and Mrs Wood 87

8 Mad About the Boy 103

9 The Red Queen and the Mad Hatter 117

10 Thirty-Two Faggot Acts 138

11 Hail, Vanessa 153

12 O, What a Charge He Made 162

13 'To Be Or Not to Be … Oh F**k!' 175

14 The Pharaoh and the Monster 193

15 I Need You Now 211

16 Zionist Hoodlums 225

17 The Floating Houseparty 243

18 Family Business 255

19 Exit, Prospero 268

20 Dancing Naked in the Rain 282

21 Offstage Drama 293

22 A Thin Streak of the Irrational 306

23 The Undiscovered Country 310

Acknowledgements 318

Index 321

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  • Posted November 10, 2014

    This may be the only book I have purchased for my Nook that has

    This may be the only book I have purchased for my Nook that has really disappointed me. The book itself is very good and very informative - IF you are interested in a detailed filmography of Tony Richardson. If, however, you are interested in a story about the Redgraves - find another book. The first chapter or two talks about Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, their parents, their marriage and the birth of Vanessa. At that point, I was well into page 250 in a 400 page book before the Redgraves showed up as anything but side notes to Tony Richardson's story. The book cover would have you think that this is a personal biography of the Redgraves and other reviewers have forgiven the author for spending so much time on Tony Richardson because of the obvious thread he ran through the family. That said, I felt I purchased a book that was about him. Adler covered about 100 to 150 of the last pages of the book discussing Vanessa, her daughters, Lynn, her life, etc. This is an epic family and a book about the Redgraves should devote more than the last 100 to 150 pages to these extraordinary women. It is as though Adler felt if he was honest about this actually being a bio on Tony Richardson, with a sprinkling of the Redgraves - he might not sell it (although I would not think that would be true in England) - so I felt I purchased a book with a misleading title and subject matter. It is well documented and there are lots of stories - truly, most of them center around Richardson with the Redgraves getting a sentence or two throughout most of the chapters of this book. Look for something else if you want to read about the Redgraves. This is not that book.

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