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Great Britons of Stage and Screen: In Conversation Hardcover – Illustrated, October 1, 2015
by Barbara Roisman Cooper (Author), Kevin Brownlow (Afterword), Robert Osborne (Foreword)

Although there are encyclopedias and biographical dictionaries of contemporary British film and theatre actors, most lack the intimacy of face-to-face interviews. Typically drawn from secondary sources, collections of interviews often repeat tired anecdotes about an actor’s film or stage roles, with very little nuance or fresh insights.

Great Britons of Stage and Screen: In Conversation features interviews with some of the leading actors of the last fifty years and more. In this collection, Barbara Roisman Cooper presents interviews she personally conducted with more than twenty stars of film, television, and theatre. Held in intimate surroundings—including the actors’ private homes and theatre dressing rooms between performances—these interviews provide readers with a rounded understanding of the creative process and the dedication required to develop a performance.

Including many well-known Oscar, Tony, Olivier, and BAFTA winners, each interview is preceded by a short introduction and followed by the performer’s most significant credits, both on the stage and screen. The actors and actresses who shared their stories in this volume include

Dame Eileen Atkins
Isla Blair
Simon Callow
Dame Joan Collins
Peggy Cummins
Sinéad Cusack
Samantha Eggar
Stephen Fry
Julian Glover
Stephen Greif
Jeremy Irons
Sir Derek Jacobi
Felicity Kendal
Sir Ben Kingsley
Dame Angela Lansbury
Sir John Mills
Alfred Molina
Lynn Redgrave
Jean Simmons
David Suchet
Richard Todd
Michael York

Designed to serve as a resource for those studying or writing about the worlds of theatre and film in general—and the art and craft of acting, specifically—Great Britons of Stage and Screen will also appeal to the many fans of the artists who have entertained audiences for decades.

Barbara Roisman Cooper is a professional writer with more than fifty credits in various periodicals, including The Baker Street Journal and British Heritage. She is the coauthor of Straight from the Horse’s Mouth (Scarecrow, 2003) with Ronald Neame and Anna Lee: A Life on General Hospital and in Film (2007), with Anna Lee.

Robert Osborne is the long-time host for Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and the author of 85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards.

Kevin Brownlow is a British film historian, filmmaker, and author. In 2010 he received an honorary Academy Award for his work in film preservation.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; Illustrated edition (October 1, 2015)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 424 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1442246200
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1442246201
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.65 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.42 x 132.99 x 9.41 inches

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