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How to grow old disgracefully
Gingold's vigorous acting career spanned 78 years, from childhood appearances on the British stage with young Noel Coward, and Shakespeare at London's Old Vic Theatre, to her outrageous comedy performances in West End and Broadway revues. 16 pages of photos.
Published August 1990 by Mandarin
(first published November 1st 1988)
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If you’re a fan of classic films, say, Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical, Gigi, or classic stagings of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, you already know Hermione Gingold, the earthy actress with the husky voice and nonstop sense of irony. Otherwise, Gingold is likely a mystery, perhaps a relic from twentieth century stage and film, but she shouldn’t be. Known for her range of roles, from the wickedly humorous to the poignant, in her day Gingold had no peer. The English actress of stage and screen ...more
What a hoot. I didn't really know much about Hermione Gingold, but that didn't stop me from totally enjoying this tell-all biography of the wickedly funny actress. Written at the end of her life, with 60 or 70 years of English and American theater and films behind her, she writes like she's talking right to you. It's a heady dose of sass mixed with a kind of ruefulness... she's aware of the end of her days but still so full of life. Dating a 26 year old guy when she's 87! And having lots of sex ...more