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Date of Publication: 2012
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Description: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0752476823 original cloth hardcover,368 pages,fine in fine unclipped dustwrapper.
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Harry H. Corbett: The Front Legs of the Cow Hardcover – 20 Mar 2012

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; Reprint edition (20 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752476823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752476827
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At long last, the tale of Steptoe and daughter. Susannah Corbett has written a revealing biography of her father, a TV comedy legend. For those who only ever saw him as Harold Steptoe, the rag-and-bone man trapped in a stifling relationship with his 'dirty old man' of a father, Albert (Wilfred Brambell), it might seem unlikely that Harry H Corbett was once a highly regarded 'method' actor described as 'a British Marlon Brando'. As part of the legendary Joan Littlewood's troupe, and in various other plays and British films of the 1950s, Corbett - who died in 1982 at 57 - seemed destined to join Richard Harris and Stanley Baker as one of the new breed of working-class men...... from the slums of Manchester, through wartime action with the Royal Marines - including hand-to-hand combat in the jungle and witnessing the devastation at Hiroshima - to becoming a leading light in Littlewood's Theatre Workshop. --The Independent

Hidden story of the tempestuous ties that bound Steptoe and Son. Harry H Corbett's daughter tells how the two comedy stars became a real-life double act. Has only now been fully documented, in a biography of her father by actress Susannah Corbett. Herself a star of long-running TV hits, including Dalziel and Pascoe and Peak Practice, Corbett is uniquely placed to describe the tension and the grudging admiration between the two men. --The Observer

If ever there was an actor who agonised over the price of fame it was Harry H Corbett. Before Steptoe and son carved him forever in the role of a put-upon carer, he had risen through the ranks of the Joan Littlewood Theatre Company to become a respected classical actor. Daughter Susannah Corbett presents a sympathetic portrait of a committed socialist uneasy with success, whose untimely death at 57 robbed the world of an unheralded genius. --Belfast Telegraph

Steptoe and.......daughter. Thirty years on, his memory is still synonymous with 'Arold - one half of the TV comedy partnership he formed over two decades with Wilfred Bramble. Yet both his personal life and career were far richer and more varied than his reputation suggests. Now his daughter Susannah has written has written a biography that attempts to give a more rounded picture of her adored father. ....While she offers some poignant personal insights, much of it is too detailed for all but the most avid of student of theatre history. Other facets of Corbett's life, such as his first marriage to actress Sheila Steafel, are dealt with in a few perfunctory paragraphs.The result is a book that at times feels more like a tribute than a biography. Perhaps Corbett is best summed up by the actress Lynda Baron: 'He was madly in love with the business and madly in love with his family. He was a lovely bloke.' --The Mail On Sunday

If ever there was an actor who agonised over the price of fame it was Harry H Corbett. Before Steptoe and son carved him forever in the role of a put-upon carer, he had risen through the ranks of the Joan Littlewood Theatre Company to become a respected classical actor. Daughter Susannah Corbett presents a sympathetic portrait of a committed socialist uneasy with success, whose untimely death at 57 robbed the world of an unheralded genius. --Belfast Telegraph

About the Author

SUSANNAH CORBETT is an actress and author. She has worked on Radio, the West End stage, Television and Film, and has leading ongoing television roles in Dalziel and Pascoe and Peak Practice. As a children s author, she has written Dragon s Dinner (Hodder, 2009) and the forthcoming One Cool Cat (Egmont), which is due for release in 2012.



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