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Scenes from my Life [Hardcover]

Judi Dench , John Miller
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27 Oct 2005
Judi Dench is Britain's best-loved actress of our time. Her very name encourages a warm and admiring response from the public, whether for Shakespearean performances (most recently the Countess in All's Well That Ends Well) or in the contemporary theatre (plays by David Hare and Hugh Whitemore among them), or on TV (the series A Fine Romance and As Time Goes By) or in the cinema (Mrs Brown, her Oscar-winning performance in Shakespeare in Love, Iris, Shipping News, Ladies in Lavender, and four James Bond films as 'M'). Now she opens her photograph albums publicly for the first time, contributing substantial memoir and captions to pictures from throughout her seventy years. The private albums are augmented by photographs showing her work across 50 years of acting - on stage, film and TV. Here are previously unseen pictures of Judi's happy childhood in York before the second world war, family holidays, schooldays and her first work as an amateur actor in her teens in York. We see her growing up, drama school and the performance that made her name as Juliet in Franco Zefferilli's famous and controversial production at the Old Vic when Judi was in her early twenties. To these are added informal shots back stage and off set, as well as photographs of her own family, her actor husband Michael Williams, daughter Finty and grandson Sam. Britain's much loved Judi Dench as you have not seen her before.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; First Edition Fourth Impression edition (27 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 029784427X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297844273
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 19.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Judi Dench is the foremost actress in the British theatre. Created a DBE in 1988 and a Companion of Honour in 2005.

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'Don't Miss: This book is a substantial memoir and photograph album... A heart-warming read.' (REAL magazine )

'This delightful book is the closest that Dame Judi has come to writing an autobiography.' (DAILY EXPRESS )

'The words are free from luvviness, confirming Dame Judi as our most down-to-earth superstar and a worthy contender for national-treasure status' (YOU (Mail on Sunday) )

'a fitting tribute for a fine actress.' (HAM & HIGH )


'This delightful book is the closest that Dame Judi has come to writing an autobiography.'

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 31 Jan 2006
By Kim
Like many of my slightly more impulsive buys I saw this in a shop went home and bought it!
Now, I'll begin by being honest, I am a massive Judi Dench fan, and it would be very difficult for her to be involved in a project and me not like it, but having said that I adore this book!
It's full of photographs from Judi's own albums as well as those of her friends, giving you what feels like a very personal insight into her life. As well as giving freely of her photographs she donated her memories and thoughts and you can't help but be charmed by her honesty in writing about the photograhs, especially when writing about her now departed husband!
It is impossible for me to enthuse enough about this book, so I shall simply say that I adore this book and think it's wonderful and would recommend it to absolutely everyone!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The clue is in the title... Scenes - not words! 15 May 2007
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This book isn't really what you'd call an autobiography as some of the newspaper reviews etc indicate. It is basically a photo album of Judi's life, career etc. Its still a good book, but if you're into reading autobiogs you may be a little disappointed, as I was - I was really looking forward to reading all about her astounding career and life - never mind... I'll just have to look at the pictures instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Judy Dench Autobiography 20 Mar 2009
By J. Clarkson VINE VOICE
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A look at all the plays etc she has been in plus lots of photographs and about her and husband Michael Williams. Lots of funny titbits in it. I am glad I bought it. The photograph of her house is amazing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Glossy 11 May 2009
A pictorial revue of the life of this star. Easy to read and quite enjoyable
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Dench fans 9 Jan 2013
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This is a beautiful book, and for all those who enjoy Judi Dench it's a must. It was in fact bought as a birthday gift for a big fan and hopefully will add enjoyably to his collection.
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