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At last an in-depth biography, 24 Sep 2009
I picked up a copy of this book yesterday and didn't put it down until I'd read it.
Andrew Merriman has delved deeply into this most admired of British comedy actresses revealing her strengths and weaknesses. We find out all about her troubled childhood and an act of murder within her immediate family which no doubt contributed to her manic depression later in life.
The fact that her warmth on screen, theatre, television and radio lit up British people for over 30 years is a testament to her professionalism.
Mr Merriman has sought out many of her colleagues, friends, neighbours and associates to compile this fact-filled biography. It cannot have been an easy task as it's been over 37 years since her passing, but she still remains a big part of British cinema history and many of her films are still shown on television all over the world.