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Public Places: My Life in the Theater, with Peter O'Toole and Beyond
Sian Phillips and Peter O'Toole were one of the theaters most fabulous couples--a marriage perhaps rivaled only by that of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in terms of glamour, power, and public fascination. In her exceptional memoir, Phillips reveals in thoughtful detail their tumultuous life together. She describes the mad and impulsive times with the infamous hellrai ...more
Paperback, 441 pages
Published May 3rd 2004 by Faber & Faber
(first published August 1st 2001)
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As the title indicates, Phillips recounts her life in theater (and radio, TV, and films) from the late 1950s to the early 1990s. She and O'Toole separated around 1976 and divorced in 1979. The earlier part of the book, where O'Toole (as she almost always calls him) figures prominently, was more focused and interesting: a four. The latter part, during which she is married (almost without knowing why) to the younger actor, Robin Sachs, feels too much like a recitation of dates, places, and people, ...more
Mar 14, 2014 Jae Jaggart rated it it was amazing
Movie geek that I am, I saw Lawrence Of Arabia (the 1962 film) on the teev when I was still in primary school and walked around in a Lawrence daze for days. Gradually I caught up on various Peter O’Toole films and like a handful of brilliant actors that seemed to thrive in the sixties, he had a complete disregard for authority, a bloody-minded insistence on total personal freedom, and a self-destructive streak ten miles wide. Sian Phillips, a powerful actress in her own right, was married to him ...more
Phillips writes an enjoyable, anecdote-filled autobiography. It may have been more than a little galling for her, but she has clearly taken the advice that her primary readership will be people interested in a behind the scenes look of the life of her ex-husband Peter O'Toole, and she has structured the book accordingly, opening with an out-of-sequence account of the crucial period in that marriage, when O'Toole was seriously ill, and giving the lion's share of the pages and anecdotes to the 20- ...more