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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The Larks Press; 1st edition (10 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904006124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904006121
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 756,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By helen grime on 17 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
Martial Rose has produced a beautifully written tribute to one of the great actresses of the twentieth century.
Using her personal archive of hundreds of letters, cuttings and photographs, he has pieced together the story of her life. Her work and friendships with John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Edith Evans and Peggy Ashcroft are revealed along with more surprising contacts at home and abroad.
This book is a must for all who remember her and for anyone interested in theatre. This book is a wonderful compliment to a great actress who has hitherto been neglected by biographers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Dec. 2003
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Martial Rose has worked wonders to produce a beautiful tribute to the actress Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies 1891-1992.
Using her personal archive, which contained hundreds of letters, cuttings and photographs, he gives us a comprehensive picture of the life and work of one of the twentieth century's great actresses who has hitherto been unfairly neglected by biographers.
Her work and friendships with John Gielgud, Edith Evans, Laurence Olivier and Peggy Ashcroft are revealed and her long working life investigated.
A must for all who saw her perform and all those who love theatre.
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By J. Scott-mandeville VINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2014
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I am so delighted to find this book. My glimpses of this charismatic early 20th-century actress have been very piecemeal over the years and I didn't realise this book existed until I was inspired to look Gwen up again after reading novels by Nicola Upson who loosely bases her fictional actress, Lydia, on Gwen, imagining her playing Queen Anne in 'Richard of Bordeaux', one of Gwen's most famous parts. This real life account with so many of Gwen's letters has been a marvellous Christmas present and I am amazed at her life and the excitement of the theatrical world she lived in. A wonderful book and many, many thanks to Martial Rose for bringing Gwen back to life.
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A Truly Forgotten Dame! 12 Aug. 2009
By Sylviastel - Published on Amazon.com
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Dame Gwen Ffrangcon Davies may not be the first name if you think about Shakespearean stage actresses from the last century. Of course, there was Ellen Terry, Peggy Ashcroft, and Judi Dench, Dame Gwen didn't become a Dame until she turned 100 years old and the day was saddened by the loss of her friend and colleague, Dame Peggy Ashcroft who died afterwards. Dame Gwen Davies had a long illustrious career as predominantly stage actress with a special affinity for the role of William Shakespeare's Juliet Capulet. Her Romeo was none other the legendary actor, John Gielgud, who was also a dear friend of hers. Dame Gwen lived to be a 100 years old which is a remarkable achievement that many of us will not make. Her private life according to the letters was involved with another woman, South African actress, Manna Varde. While they had a long-term relationship and friendship, the book is kind of vague about their sexual orientation. Not that it matters, they are both long gone and society has become more acceptable. The two women acted, produced, and directed plays in South Africa as well as in America. There a lovely black and white pictures of them and with other well-known thespians of their generation. They were not without their problems that caused them to live apart from each other but maintained a close relationship with each other. As close, they never really divulge the details to the readers. Dame Gwen spent the last 20 years not on stage but at her lovely cottage known as Tagley where she called it home with her partner too. They had guests, parties, and friends in the business. Of course, there was a lot of letter-writing. Dame Gwen spent most of her time in contact with people through their letters and she did the same for them. The letters in this book can be disappointing. Not so much gossip, rather quite tame for the reader. I think the book could have divulged some more information. Since it's the only book about her in print, it's a treasure to get in the first place.
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