From the landmark films of Tony Richardson to the untimely death of Natasha Richardson – this is the saga of one of the greatest dynasties in British film and theatre.
In 1937, at the end of a production of Hamlet at the Old Vic, Laurence Olivier strode to the front of the stage to hush the audience and announced, pointing at his co-star Michael Redgrave, 'Tonight a great actress has been born. Laertes has a daughter.' He meant Vanessa Redgrave. That is where this dramatic book’ s story begins. It concludes in 2009, with the sudden and tragic death in a skiing accident of Vanessa’ s daughter Natasha Richardson – and further family sorrow soon to follow with the deaths of both Corin and Lynn Redgrave.
The story of this amazing family is explosive throughout - from the tangled private life of Tony Richardson, Natasha’ s father, who directed major films such as Look Back in Anger, to Vanessa and Corin’ s complicated involvement with the Workers Revolutionary Party, to the emergence of a fourth generation of fine actors with Natasha and Joely.?
There is truly never a dull moment – but plenty of scandal, melodrama, tragedy and intrigue – in the story of this remarkable dynasty, whose contribution to British drama and film has been immense.
‘A devastatingly funny portrait of our leading dynasty of uber-luvies.’
'Adler’s compulsively readable account is no hatchet job. It is well-written and extensively researched'
'Adler’ s compulsively readable account is no hatchet job. It is well-written and extensively researched'
'Fascinating ... shrewdly observed'
'A dazzling and at times poignant chronicle of a brilliant yet benighted family.'
'Of interest to Redgrave fans, theatrical historians and lovers of gossip.'
‘ A devastatingly funny portrait of our leading dynasty of uber-luvies.’