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Judi Dench - with a crack in her voice: With a Crack in Her Voice - The Biography Hardcover – 28 Sep 1998


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (28 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297819631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297819639
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 538,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Theatrical biographies often concentrate on the salacious personal life behind the public talent, for which the world seems to have an irresistible curiosity. Anyone seeking such titillation from John Miller's book will be disappointed, for in Judi Dench he has chosen a woman with few skeletons to lay bare. Instead, what he achieves is an intimate portrait of one of Britain's most respected actresses, loved equally by audiences in dress circles and living rooms, and perhaps even more by virtually everyone with whom she has worked.

The book is richly anecdotal in style, and traces her career from bad notices on her debut as Ophelia at the Old Vic in 1957 ("a piece of Danish patisserie") to her Oscar nomination in 1998 for Mrs Brown. By opening her memory and her address book, Judi Dench has authorized a valuable biography, especially significant given her distaste for publicity. John Miller's pedigree is itself distinguished (he's previously collaborated on projects with Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson), and he breaks up the train of reminiscences refreshingly with his own diary excerpts from accompanying her on set. The writing may occasionally lack impartial critique, but this is a small quibble set against the history it assembles of a true theatre Dame with a "common touch", arguably at the peak of her powers as the narrative closes.

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First full biography of Britain's leading actress of her time.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 April 1999
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I found Judi Dench to be a very interesting funny and insightful book. I was first introduced to her work by my mother of all people (so I've repaid her by buying her this book for mother's day) and have been a fan ever since. I enjoyed this book thoroughly and would highly recommend it to anyone. The use of her diary at different stages through the book is marvellous. It's just a shame that this book has not been better treated in Australia where it is impossible to get so thank you Amazon.
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