St. Martin's, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
have always admired Judi Dench. As an actress, she has played uncountable roles and to my eye succeeded in all of them. At least the ones that I have seen. Which, I have to admit, considering her extensive background in theater, films, and TV, have not been that many.
ccording to her autobiography, she must have spent the better part of her waking hours on one stage or another – a complete accounting resides in the last pages of her book.
n her private life, she married another actor and together they produced their daughter Finty. Judi's grandson Sammy is an important figure in her life. Her private life is so intertwined with her professional one that it must be hard for her to distinguish one from the other.
great sorrow was the death of her husband Michael.
er book reflects her keen sense of fun – theater is hard, hard work, but it seems as though there is the opportunity to spend a little of that time concocting great pranks. I think though, you might have to be connected to the theater to appreciate the scope of those pranks.
ench is a tiny person. She frequently comments on this, making the reader realize she regrets her size. To me, she is a giant on the stage – size means nothing as her greatness shines from that small frame.
is a lovely story of a lovely woman.
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