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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 m. 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 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 without a cohesive theme a two Maybe that s how Phillips was feeling at the time but it doesn t make for compelling reading And when on the final page she proclaimed that she was at about age 60 happy at home and unafraid of what the future might bring I couldn t really figure out what had brought her to this point other than perhaps time dimming her anxiety and worries But oh the rapture of her life with O Toole even if he comes across as a charming controlling chauvinistic ass One can see that when their life was good it was astonishingly good But it was also obvious it could not last without Phillips continued sublimation and even subjugation of her own needs and desires Splitting the difference with a 3 star rating

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Y sidelined Against all expectations though their union endured for twenty years When it ended incredibly even to herself Sian 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 busines. She certainly had to put up with a lot

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Ad and impulsive times with the infamous hellraiser alongside the tempestuous insecure and often lonely periods in their marriage When OToole's career took off with Lawrence of Arabia Sian found life increasingly difficult in her parallel roles as wife mother and actress and watched as her own career became progressivel. 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 This is her autobiography and a documentation of a fascinating period in filmmaking generally It includes sharp observations not only of O Toole but of the major players in the theatre and cinema of the fifties sixties and seventies This was one very tough very intelligent woman and I can only think that for all the bad times there were an eual amount of fascinating and uniue ones many of them documented here with humor and wit

  • Paperback
  • 441
  • Public Places My Life in the Theater with Peter O'Toole and Beyond
  • Sian Phillips
  • English
  • 16 May 2019
  • 9780571211197

About the Author: Sian Phillips

Jane Elizabeth Ailwên Siân Phillips CBE is a Welsh actress



5 thoughts on “Public Places My Life in the Theater with Peter O'Toole and Beyond

  1. says:

    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 w

  2. says:

    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 Lawr

  3. says:

    She certainly had to put up with a lot

  4. says:

    Phillips writes an enjoyable anecdote filled autobiography It may have been 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

  5. says:

    I ordered this because it was mentioned on the Marzipan group list and after reading the first few pages on it sounded really inter

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