Published in 2002 by Sidgwick & Jackson. Illustrated with black & white photographs. Includes a chronology, source notes, and an index.
The first biography of Paul Scofield, one of Britain's finest classical actors who has even been described as the greatest actor in the world.Paul Scofield has been acting for sixty years but still constantly surprises and wins the admiration of critics. In December 2000 he was awarded the Companion of Honour in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film and theatre. Of the same generation as Redgrave, Gielgud and Olivier, Scofield too won international acclaim. He was awarded an Oscar for his portrayal of Sir Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons in 1966 - and was nominated for best supporting actor for his role as Ralph Fiennes' father in Quiz Show in 1995. He has played all the great stage roles - Tynan described his Hamlet as the best he'd ever seen and he won a Bafta in 1997 for The Crucible.Garry O'Connor has spoken to the famously reclusive Scofield himself, as well as to many of the actors and directors he has worked with, including Simon Callow, Trevor Nunn, Richard Eyre and Peter Hall. The result is a masterly biography that paints a revealing portrait of a man who, for the serious film and theatre-goer, is more of an icon than any other living actor.
Includes a letter from Paul Scofield's wife, Joy. Dated July 19th 1966 and addressed to Mrs Margaret Wimburn:
"Dear Mrs Wimburn,
This is to acknowledge - and to thank you for - your letter to my husband. He is away filming at present. I shall not forward it - as he has very little opportunity for attending to correspondence when he is working: but I will keep it here for him, and I am sure he will write to you when the film is finished.
With all good wishes - and good luck for your thesis.
Yours very sincerely,
This letter was written during the time Paul Scofield was likely to be filming his best known role, the Academy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Award- winning performance as Sir Thomas More in the 1966 film 'A Man for All Seasons'.
The book is in very good condition throughout. Complete with dust jacket, the price is not clipped. Light creasing to the bottom edge of the dust-jacket. Crisp and clean with with a tight binding.
The letter has a couple of small stains, and the envelope is torn from being opened.