The  House of Redgrave

The House of Redgrave by Tim Adler

The Lives of a Theatrical Dynasty

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Format: Hardback, 384 Pages
ISBN: 9781845136239
Publisher: Aurum Press
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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.

Tim Adler is author of several books including The House of Redgrave: The Lives of a Theatrical Dynasty and Hollywood and the Mob. He has written about the film industry for a number of publications including the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Business. He lives in London.
Format: Hardback, 384 Pages
ISBN: 9781845136239
Size: 6.024 in x 9.213 in / 153 mm x 234 mm
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‘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'

'Highly readable'

'Highly readable'

'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.’

May 17, 2013
ELLE Magazine Online has published some excerpts of the Aurum Press title "The House of Redgrave: The Lives of a Theatrical Dynasty." The magazine writes: "Consider the legacy of three generations of actors: Patriarch Michael's near-mythic Shakespearean performances; the prolific careers of his daughters, Lynn and Vanessa; and Vanessa's marriage to groundbreaking filmmaker Tony Richardson. Then, there is the modern-day celebrity of Richardson daughters Natasha and Joely; Natasha's golden-couple marriage to Liam Neeson; and, of course, her tragic end. Tim Adler's unauthorized bio, The House of Redgrave: The Lives of a Theatrical Dynasty details the complex idiosyncrasies and salacious goings-on of a bohemian, politically rebellious, sexually insatiable, hugely talented, and close-knit family. We couldn't put it down." Read More.
January 9, 2013
Quayside Publishing Group will distribute The House of Redgrave, a controversial biography of the legendary Hollywood family, when the book is released in the U.S. in March. Read More.