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The Incomparable Rex: The Last of the High Comedians: A Memoir of Rex Harrison in the 1980s

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To audiences, Rex Harrison was synonymous with the devilishly charming Professor Henry Higgins from My Fair Lady, but backstage he was called Tyrannosaurus Rex. He was legendary for his urbane style, his mordant wit, his numerous wives, and his truly appalling temper. Noted English director Patrick Garland knew Harrison for a decade and a half and directed him in the 1980 ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 31st 2004 by Macmillan U.K. (first published 1998)
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Alan Hoffman
I listened to this as a book on tape. I was partially interested to see if it had anything interesting to say about My Fair Lady, and it does somewhat - because this largely about putting together the 1981 revival.

I haven't read Harrison's biographies or Fatal Charm, which is about the way he treated women. Yet Harrison comes across as just egotistical and obnoxious in these collected reminiscences. Garland admits that Harrison had great talent, brought a type of tailored refinement and sex appe
Nov 30, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
Oh boy was he a character towards the end of his life. If you looked up Rex Harrison in the dictionary, I should find irascible, hot head, vindictive, arrogant, cocky, narcissistic, egotistical, etc... He was talented, but apparently the worst to work with if he didn't get his way. At least at this point in his life, which was the stage production of My Fair Lady (in the 80's).

Quite an interesting depiction of Rex!

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Patrick Garland was a British actor, writer, and director. He was the only child of Captain Ewart Garland and his wife, Rosalind Fell. His father was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during the First World War and his wartime exploits as a member of the Royal Flying Corps were fictionalised by Patrick in a well received novel, 'The Wings of the Morning' (1989). Patrick was educated at St ...more
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