Straight Face: The Autobiography

Straight Face: The Autobiography

by Nigel Hawthorne




Having just completed his autobiography, Nigel Hawthorne died on Boxing Day 2001. His ambitions to be an actor when a young man in South Africa were strongly discouraged by his father. He came to England alone and struggled for many years to make his name - eventually joining the Royal Court, starring in the West End, and finally having his great television break as Sir Humphrey in "Yes, Minister". He won many awards for his role as King George III in Alan Bennett's play at the National Theatre and then in the film "The Madness of King George". His most recent major role was as King Lear in Japan and at the RSC in 1999.
As well as the trials of his career as an actor, he also struggled with his sexuality. He found his life partner in production manager Trevor Bentham whom he met in 1977 but the relationship was kept strictly private. His media "outing" in the run-up to the Oscar ceremony for "The Madness of King George" was the source of much pain, although ultimately it became a liberation. At the peak of his career he was struck by cancer and his battle with the illness forms a moving final section to the book.

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ISBN-13: 9780340769423
Publisher: Hodder General Publishing Division
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.38(d)

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the.ken.petersen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If Nigel Hawthorne were still alive today, I do not think that I would want him to be a friend. This is a good autobiography of a man who was responsible for all his achievements but any failures or weaknesses are somebody else's. He spends much too much time. for my liking, decrying his family, and lovers and not nearly enough upon his career. He patronizes the black Africans in his life quite outrageously and makes Sir Humphrey seem to be a man of the people by comparison.I find it difficult to assess the quality of the book but, I suppose it is a well written autobiography of the man - just not my cup of tea.