Basil Rathbone - In And Out of Character
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Paperback Book Details
- 278 Pages
- Lightly Illustrated In B&W Photos
- Released: July 2, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Publisher: Limelight Editions
Description by OLDIES.com:
Long out of print and virtually impossible to find even in the rare book market, this autobiography recalls to life one of the most eminent actors of his time. Romeo to Katharine Cornell's Juliet on stage, Karenin to Garbo's Anna Karenina on film, Rathbone of course remains most indelibly the personification of Sherlock Holmes, a role he played in 16 films and over 200 radio broadcasts. His story, from his youth and early career touring the English provinces. to his success on the London and Broadway stages, and finally to the memorable hollywood years, is rich with incident and warmed by a domestic life of uncommon devotion and respect. And it is a story that reveals little known and surprising facts about his friends and colleagues--both famous and infamous--such legendary figures as John Barrymore, Arthur Rubinstein, Irving Thalberg, Ronald Colman, Greta Garbo, Fritz Kreisler and Marlene Dietrich, to name but a few. Like Sherlock Holmes, Basil Rathbone struggled for perfection in his craft. Like the artist and the man himself, his autobiography is graced with charm, sincerity, elegance and rare perception.
(Limelight). "Basil Rathbone's book about himself...is better written than most books by or about actors and is more intellectually vigorous...Sherlock Holmes fans will be much interested in his remarks on the character with whom he has been so closely identified." Library Journal "Quite naturally full of memories, full of names, full of glimpses of stars of stage and screen of yesterday and today." New York Times Book Review
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