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Send in the Clowns - The Yo Yo Life of Ian Hendry Paperback – 15 Oct 2013

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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (15 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1291270973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1291270976
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Brilliantly written, sympathetic biography of a great British 'forgotten' star actor- Ian Hendry -the First Avenger! I have long been interested in British films of 1940's,1950's and 1960's, their actors, writers and directors. I have read many biographies/autobiographies about this period, some well written, like Charles Drazin's, some less so (let's leave those nameless). I stumbled across this biography when surfing Amazon showbiz books and I am so glad I ordered it to buy. Gabriel Hershman has written a well researched, interesting, touching biography which describes both Hendry the man and Hendry the actor. There is no pulling of punches in the writing but you, the reader, never feel that Hendry is being done down either. Lots of colleagues and some family members have contributed their memories, some of which are really lovely and poignant and many tell some wonderful stories. I remember Hendry best in 'The Hill', fighting James Coburn in 'The Internecine Project' and for his later many guest appearances on TV shows like 'Bergerac.' As a bonus there is much information on Hendry's second wife, actress Janet Munro, who also so deserves her own biography. I couldn't put Hershman's book down and I cannot recommend it enough.
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Ian Hendry probably the most underrated actor out side of his own proffession always watchable in what ever he did good or bad, such a shame a lot of his work was wiped,
A comprehensive read for true fans.
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Gabriel first wrote to me at the end of 2011, outlining his intention of writing the first ever biography on the life and work of Ian Hendry. Gabriel was perplexed as to why Ian's story had never really been told, other than in tabloid newspapers, where a headline and some sensation are more important than an in-depth understanding. Given Ian's immense talent as an actor, Gabriel felt that he had simply not received the recognition that he deserved.

But the telling of Ian's life is certainly not an easy task. Firstly, so much time had already passed that the trail had, in places, gone cold. Secondly, it involves issues that necessitates you have some real life experience, coupled with understanding. Fortunately, Gabriel has these qualities in abundance. Through intense research and questioning, Gabriel has produced a biography with real depth. Why was Ian such a great actor? Gabriel tackles such questions head-on in this biography. Interviews with students from Ian's time at the Central School of Speech and Drama, countless discussions with fellow professionals of Ian's, from both sides of the camera (and stage), as well as contributions from family and friends have been used to build a picture of the man and his life. The picture of a charismatic, complex, creative, gifted, emotional, multi-faceted, generous, much-loved and yes, at times, difficult and troubled man emerges.

With any picture or painting, we may at times be drawn to a certain element or detail that intrigues us so much that we no longer see the `bigger picture'. But if you stand back for a minute and look again, you may notice that although the picture may not have changed, the way we see it certainly can. Gabriel's role as guide, as well as story-teller, helps greatly in this process.
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The premise of this book is that Hendry's was a wasted talent. Like a lot of actors, heavy drinking worked against him and unfortunately it was his end. This book is engaging as it not only goes into his career, it also shares anecdotes of many cult actors who worked with him at the time. What is highlighted is the fact that although he was famous, real stardom passed him by and by the 1970's it was too late to reinvent himself. Whilst his friends, James Villiers and Ronald Fraser were happy to earn enough for a few beer tokens, Hendry must have felt robbed of the starring roles that were taken by people like Michael Caine, Albert Finney and Terence Stamp.
It's a shame this book, as a brilliant labour of love, will never beat Katie Price or Cheryl Cole in the biography best seller lists, but it is a must read for anyone who is interested not just in Ian Hendry, but of the 50's, 60's and 70's era of cinema in general.

There is also a comprehensive website - IanHendry.com (managed by his nephew) - which endorses this book and is also fantastic for further reading on this interesting but tragic subject.
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I thought the book was excellent and a comprehensive chronicle of Ian. I enjoyed learning about his early years and facets of his life that previously I knew nothing about. To read the reminiscences of his friends and colleagues gave me the `warts and all' aspects of his life. It changed my view of him of course and left me with a feeling of great sadness and thinking of what might have been. Some of his performances were clearly in the international class and with a little good fortune here and there he would have been the icon that so many people knew he could so easily have been. For me he will always be Staff Sergeant Williams from The Hill and affectionately Erik Shepherd the expatriate bar owner living in Crete. Through those performances I knew him via his craft. I admired his charisma, his presence, his poise, his strength, and his style. He stood out as someone you felt drawn to, and someone you could believe in. I've read the book from cover to cover and recommend it without hesitation.
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