Judi Dench is the foremost actress in the British theatre. She was created a DBE in 1988 and a Companion of Honour in 2005.
Dame Judi Dench, whose illustrious career spans theater, film, and television, reflects intelligently and with occasional humor on her roles and accomplishments and provides anecdotes about her costars. But this is not a gossipy memoir, and she delves only rarely into her personal life. Fellow actress and close friend Samantha Bond is an excellent reader; in fact, she sounds a lot like Dench herself, who narrates the preface. Her discussion of acting techniques will be invaluable to anyone aspiring to master the craft. Recommended for Dench fans as well as for theater students and enthusiasts. ["A delightful visit with a rare actress," read the review of the New York Times best-selling St. Martin's hc, LJ 1/11.-Ed.]-Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
'She's been one of our favourite actresses for five decades, and now ...AND FURTHERMORE gives an insight into her sensational career and how she coped after losing her husband to cancer in 2001' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'The much-loved star of stage and screen delves into the story of her life. The professional side spans her emergence as a teenage actress to the Hollywood days as Bond's M and Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love; on the personal front, there's the love of her husband of 30 years and his death in 2001' SAINSBURY MAGAZINE 'Much more than a career record, this is Dame Judi Dench's wonderfully honest, intimate and witty account of 50 years as Britain's best-loved actress...' LOVE READING.CO.UK 'What you will find in this light, readable, amusing book are the ins and outs of Dame Judi's sense of humour' -- Kate Kellaway THE OBSERVER 'Her generosity of spirit, whether to her fellow players or to the wider public, leaps off the page, as it does from her performances. It is this, together with her extraordinary talent, that has made her the most popular as well as the greatest actress of her age' -- Michael Arditti THE LADY 'Dame Judi's memoir is packed with anecdotes' -- Jan Moir DAILY MAIL 'vivid and engaging memoir' WOMAN & HOME 'A great actress, and a much-loved one, provides an entertaining read on her career' MATURE TIMES 'AND FURTHERMORE is charming and chatty, and the company of our greatest theatrical dame is always pleasant' THE TIMES ' a fascinating personal journey through Judi's life in the theatre' THE FRIEND
In this warmhearted memoir, actress Dench brings such a fresh and natural reaction as she describes her roles from Mother Courage to Cleopatra, Lady Bracknell and Sally Bowles that a sense of identification occurs; Dench shows the theatrical inside plumbing of the player and how personal insights, emotional backstories, and initial responses create the character. She believes she is blessed with her marriage to actor Michael Williams and a supportive and understanding family, sharing stories about them as well as about actors Sir John Gielgud, Peggy Ashcroft, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Stephen Sondheim. Her tales of finding movie fame later in her career and her trips on the Oscar red carpet are heartfelt whether she's with Cate Blanchett or Vin Diesel. With candor and wit, Dench interweaves her stage presences with her love of playing pranks on fellow actors, on the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and on Broadway. Considering the idea of retirement, she says, "you retire to do things that you really want to do. Well, I am doing things I want to do now." Photos. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.