Dead Now Of Course

Dead Now Of Course My future mother in law burst into tears when she heard her son was to marry an actress There s still something disturbing I grant you about the word actress If an MP or some other outstanding perso

  • Title: Dead Now Of Course
  • Author: Phyllida Law
  • ISBN: 9780008244743
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Hardcover
  • My future mother in law burst into tears when she heard her son was to marry an actress There s still something disturbing, I grant you, about the word actress If an MP or some other outstanding person plays fast and loose with an actress the world is unsurprised She is certainly no better than she should be, and probably French As well as being a mother to the act My future mother in law burst into tears when she heard her son was to marry an actress There s still something disturbing, I grant you, about the word actress If an MP or some other outstanding person plays fast and loose with an actress the world is unsurprised She is certainly no better than she should be, and probably French As well as being a mother to the actresses Sophie and Emma Thompson and a devoted carer to her own mother and mother in law, Phyllida Law is also a distinguished actress, and Dead Now Of Course is the tale of her early acting career.As a young member of a travelling company, Phyllida learned to cope with whatever was thrown at her, from making her own false eyelashes to battling flammable costumes and rogue cockroaches We find her in Mrs Miller s digs, which were shared with a boozy monkey bought from Harrods, an Afghan hound known as the the flying duster , several hens and various children.Filled with funny, charming anecdotes, Dead Now Of Course paints a fascinating picture of life in the theatre and at the heart of the story is an enchanting account of Phyllida s courtship with her future husband, the actor and writer Eric Thompson.

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    1. Phillida Law - actress, writer and mother to Emma and Sophie Thompson - is a very likeable storyteller, but this is really not her best work. It promises much, but nearly all of her anecdotes and stories left me wanting: wanting more detail, more resolution and more reflection. Law is self-deprecating to a fault; I suspect that is part of her own character, and also part of the English/Scottish generation she belongs to. But sometimes that self-deprecation just gets in the way. I felt like it un [...]

    2. Lovely. Warm and with a neat turn of phase which makes for a charming style of writing. No matter that I've never heard of most of the actors, amusing anecdotes are sprinkled throughout. Law conjures up a world which is now lost.

    3. Entertaining VignettesThe abrupt endings of many of these anecdotes is disconcertingly blunt at times, but that doesn't detract from the highly entertaining nature of the stories. Evoking bygone times, it would probably be best to have a genuine interest in the theatre if you are planning to set about reading these, but it really is a charming little book.

    4. My favorite author strikes again. Like all Law's work this is the equivalent of a big bowl of your favorite comfort food. One to keep close at hand for those nights a little pick me up is needed. A joyous and witty read.

    5. A little bit disappointed - found it rather jerky and disjointed, but there was some interesting 'behind the scenes' anecdotes as well. Phyllida Law is Emma Thompson's mother, by the way.

    6. Lovely. A nonlinear biography, and I really enjoyed it. It was sweet, and was an example of little things that the mind strays to when we try to remember our past.

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