Public Places: My Life in the Theater, with Peter O'Toole and Beyond

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9780571211197: Public Places: My Life in the Theater, with Peter O'Toole and Beyond

Siân Phillips and Peter O'Toole were one of the theater¿s 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 hellraiser alongside the tempestuous, insecure, and often lonely periods in their marriage. When O¿Toole's career took off with Lawrence of Arabia, Siân found life increasingly difficult in her parallel roles as wife, mother, and actress, and watched as her own career became progressively sidelined. Against all expectations, though, their union endured for twenty years. When it ended, incredibly, even to herself, Siân plunged straight into another marriage, to a much younger man. Ultimately she emerges alone--triumphant and unrepentant--and the story she recounts here ranks alongside the very best in show business.

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About the Author:

Siân Phillips is an acclaimed theater, film, and television actress. She is currently starring on Broadway in Israel Horowitz’s My Old Lady.

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In Phillips' 20-year marriage to famous actor Peter O'Toole, his career took center stage. But now it's her turn to stand in the spotlight--on her own. More than just an autobiography, Phillips' book describes her adventures traveling the world and maintaining an acting career along with having two marriages (she was also married to English actor Robin Sachs) and two children. With a tremendous love of literature and an adventurous spirit, Phillips even led a domestic life in London that was spontaneous and exciting. Peter Sellers became a last-minute houseguest, requiring vegetarian meals, and Maggie Smith arrived to rehearse with O'Toole; but fellow cast member Marie Kean was still asleep in a gold-lame gown. The author explores her many roles: the passion and commitment as an actress, her love affair with O'Toole, her journeys through remote areas of the world (meeting Bedouin nomads in the Jordan desert and indigenous tribes in Venezuela), and juggling all that with motherhood. Through working in television, radio, and theatre for more than 40 years, and being surrounded by famous names and talents, Phillips remains down-to-earth, expressive, and insightful. As the book progresses, Phillips' writing becomes more intimate as she builds a life of her own, but work is still the constant; work may keep her in public places with public people but she clearly understands and admires private people. Michelle Kaske
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