And That's Not All

And That's Not All : The Memoirs of Joan Plowright

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Joan Plowright first met Laurence Olivier in the mid-1950s when he was still married to GONE WITH THE WIND star Vivien Leigh. Joan was the daughter of a north country newspaper editor and his wife, an amateur actress of note. She went to drama school, worked at the Royal Court at the height of its LOOK BACK IN ANGER celebrity, starred in plays by Arnold Wesker and John Osborne, and then Olivier came into her life. They started an affair - then Vivien Leigh, a manic depressive, suddenly consented to Olivier divorcing her. Joan's marriage to Olivier coincided with the launch of two companies directed by Olivier, the Chichester Festival and the National, in which she appeared. She confesses that he was 'not the easiest man to be married to' but they stayed together and she nursed him through ten years of illness. At the core of this book is the relationship with Olivier and it includes their love letters. Joan also refutes the wilder claims that have been made about Olivier's sexuality in several unauthorised biographies. She has always enjoyed writing as these feisty, poignant and funny memoirs more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 26mm | 322.06g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion mass market paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 16 B/W Photo\Illu(s),16 Colour Photo\Illu(s)
  • 0752848402
  • 9780752848402
  • 2,196,311

About Joan Plowright

Joan Plowright was educated in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire. She made her first professional appearance aged 19 at the Croydon Rep. She made her name in Arnold Wesker's Roots, then went on to London's Royal Court Theatre in its 1950s heyday. Since then she has starred on both sides of the Atlantic and in recent years worked increasingly in films (most recently 101 Dalmatians and Tea With Mussolini) winning two Golden Globe Awards. Her three children, all involved in the more

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