In Spite of Myself: A Memoir
He was born a Canadian on a Friday the thirteenth in 1929—the year of the Crash. His boyhood was one of privilege: an ancestor was a Governor General; his great-grandfather Sir John Abbott was Canada’s third prime minister and owned railroads. There were steam yachts, mansions,...more
It's just after midnight here in Chicago. The deep cold outside is seeping in at the windows of my room here at the Hotel Blake. I've just turned the last page of In Spite of Myself: A Memoir by Christopher Plummer. Most of this I read in my dressing room over the last four weeks. I read it during the quiet time before half hour is called, in the fifteen minutes between half and fight call, and during intermissions in Cincinnati, South Bend, Peoria, and Chicago at the Auditorium. And I haven't e...more
A large part of the book reads like a Who’s Who of the American and British theatre of the 1950s and 1960s, with Plummer having worked with most major theatrical figures of those decades, from Elia Kazan to Peter Hall. And his friendships have also ranged widely, including figures such as Noël Coward, Rex Harrison, Laurence Olivier, Kathari...more
"Help me," I plead. "Take me back, in your own words, to the time we met." She looks up. "There must have been something about you. And, oh, yes, we tumbled into bed and all that, but I didn't like you very much. I thought you were the most conceited prig--the way you ponced about in that big convertible...more
His life is really his acting career, and yet he is not all about himself. He notes those he admired, those he worked with and gives praise to those he thinks deserve it (and that is a lot of them).
Even when he talks about those he had difficult...more
I love Christopher Plummer. I love his acting. I thought he was one of the best parts of The Sound of Music. I loved to hate him in Somewhere in Time. I loved it when he guest-starred on The Cosby Show. I even loved his turn in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
He should never try to write. Really. It wandered and rambled and meandered....more
I gave this book a high rating because it was an absolute pleasure to read. He has an excellent use of the English language, with the occasional smattering of French, and a good sense of dry humour throughout.
The most surprising aspect of the book was it actually reads like an historical account of who's who in the theatre and in film throughout his lifetime. I'm so grate...more
This rollicking memior proves that Plummer has forgotten nothing. His story of behind the curtain dish, international...more
It was much better written than I am maki...more
From the start of his career through the 1950s, most of his acting was done on the stage and television. His great passion for the works of Shakespeare kept him happily occupied.
Due to his age and perhaps his Canadian roots, there were many topics which were foreign to me. In the first half of the book, many references were made to particular music and musicians, actors and directors, films, plays, theaters, etc., most of which I’d never heard, although I’d...more
Looking for something similar in Christopher Plummer"s book and didn't find it. May be unfair comparsion, as I was much more familar with David Niven's career then Plummer's.
I did find it interesting enough to browse.