The Life and Death of Charles Hawtrey

Author: Wes Butters

Publisher: Tomahawk Press

ISBN: 9780955767074

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

View: 5183

At last - the definitive biography of Charles Hawtrey! From Wes Butters, Sony award winning broadcaster and author of Kenneth Williams Unseen, comes an extensively researched and compelling book almost fifteen years in the making, featuring scores of exclusive interviews, including Hawtrey's inner circle and surviving descendents, never-before-seen photographs, and private documents and correspondence. The result is the first definitive account of a life Hawtrey himself was keen to see evaporate into the mist of history. Years before, Hawtrey started out as a child actor in silent films, he was England's leading boy soprano and worked alongside a positive who's who of the thirties and forties. He had directed films and produced West End shows, starred in three hit TV series and was a prolific radio actor for the BBC. Yet he was never content and spent his life desperately searching for stardom and success, which, in his own deluded way of thinking, always failed to live up to expectations. He wasn't the least bit interested in his reputation or leaving a legacy, growing old disgracefully in Deal, the Kent seaside town he lived in for the last twenty years of his life: collapsing in pubs; swearing at autograph-hunting children; and, taking home teenage rent boys (one of whom set fire to Hawtrey's cottage, with Hawtrey still inside it). He died in 1988. Nine people were at his funeral.

Charles Hawtrey, 1914-1988

The Man who was Private Widdle

Author: Roger Lewis

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571210893

Category: Gay actors

Page: 112

View: 7287

This is a small masterpiece of biographical investigation, and fitting testament to a comic genius whose place in British cultural history is now assured. Charles Hawtrey, the skinny one with the granny glasses, was everybody's favourite in the Carry Ons - but who exactly was he? Up to now the man has remained a mystery. Examining Hawtrey's origins as a child star and performer in revue and the Will Hay films, this wonderful little book looks at his career in radio and television, and then to the sad and slow decline of a belligerent recluse on the Kent coast. The high camp exuberance of his acting gave way to bitterness and alcoholism and if you asked Hawtrey for an autograph he'd be more likely to call the police instead.Roger Lewis's short life of Hawtrey opens out like a Chinese box to address such issues as the nature of fame, neglect, loss, sexual confusion, Drambuie, betrayal, marine bandsmen, and fine cambric knickers trimmed with lace and blue ribbon. Its moral would seem to be that you don't necessarily turn out as the person you thought you'd become.

Frankie Howerd

Stand-up Comic

Author: Graham McCann

Publisher: HarperCollins UK


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 369

View: 2277

The rambling perambulations, the catchphrases, the bland brown suit and chestnut hairpiece—such were the hallmarks of a revolution in stand-up comedy that came in the unique shape of Frankie Howerd. This new biography from Graham McCann charts the circuitous course of an extraordinary career, moving from his early success in the 40s and early 50s as a radio star, through a period at the end of the 50s when he was all but forgotten as a has-been, to his rediscovery in the early 60s by Peter Cook and continued success. Graham McCann vividly captures both Howerd's colorful career and precarious private life through extensive new research and original interviews with such figures as Paul McCartney, Eric Sykes, Bill Cotton, Barbara Windsor, Joan Simms, and Michael Grade.


The Authorised Biography of Hattie Jacques

Author: Andy Merriman

Publisher: Aurum Press Limited

ISBN: 1845138171

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 866

The hardback of this first and authorised biography received very good reviews and immediately reprinted. It tells the story of one of the heroines of post-war British comedy, on radio, film and TV. Hattie Jacques is known as the billowing, imposing Matron in the Carry On films, as the star of such BBC radio classics as ITMA, Educating Archie and Hancock’ s Half Hour, and as the fictional sister of Eric Sykes in his long-running TV sitcom. But the formidable, frumpy galleon-in-full-sail screen persona could not have been more at odds with the real-life woman, as this biography reveals for the first time. She had a tempestuous wartime affair with an American officer, and then a strange marriage to the actor John le Mesurier (Corporal Wilson in Dad’ s Army) whose dissatisfactions she circumnavigated by moving her lover, a flashy Cockney car dealer, into the matrimonial home. But as well as being warm and sexy and generous she was also, owing to her lifelong struggle with her weight, needy and melancholic, and rueful that her size persistently typecast her and excluded her from many roles. This biography has been written with full co-operation from Hattie’ s son, and show business friends like Barbara Windsor, Clive Dunn, Galton and Simpson and Ian Carmichael.

Sid James: A Biography

Author: Cliff Goodwin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753546825

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 9819

Covering Sid's early years in South Africa and life as a ladies' hairdresser, his obsession with gambling and women, his questioning by Scotland Yard in a murder case, Hancock's Half Hour and the Carry On films, and Sid's death on stage at the age of 63, Cliff Goodwin reveals the amazing truth behing the legend.

Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle & Dick

Author: Terry Johnson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

ISBN: 9780413735003

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 6836

A sharp and hilarious biographical play based on the life of Carry On star Sid James Carrying on in the great tradition of British comedy, Terry Johnson's new play takes some familiar faces and gets a bit familiar with them. "Terry Johnson is that rare creature: a moralist with wit. He writes with responsible gaiety" (Guardian)

Just William

Author: Richmal Crompton

Publisher: BBC Worldwide Publishing

ISBN: 9780563494416

Category: Audiobooks

Page: N.A

View: 2670

William stories on this CD include: William Holds the Stage; William and the School Report; All the News; Aunt Arabelle in Charge; William's Goodbye Present; William - The Salvage Collector; William's Day Off Entertainment Provided; and William and the Brains Trust.

The One Page CV

Create your own high impact CV. Clever, clear, and comprehensive. Get noticed and beat the competition.

Author: Paul Hichens

Publisher: Pearson UK

ISBN: 1292001496

Category: Education

Page: 240

View: 9243

Say less and stand out more. About six seconds – that’s how long your CV will be considered before it’s consigned to the bin forever. If you don’t grab attention quickly, you’ll be rejected without a second thought. Your CV must be high impact, concise and optimised if it’s to do its job, and The One Page CV shows you exactly how to do it. It’s proven to work. It’s tried and tested. It’s written by an expert. · Avoid the pitfalls that your competition will be making · Transform your CV into a targeted, high-impact, job-winning tool · Spotlight your professional skills, qualifications and experience · Write smartly and persuasively so recruiters want to read your CV Remember – you’ve got six seconds. That’s all. Why waste it?

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Author: Titus Maccius Plautus

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781557830647

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

View: 6434

(Applause Libretto Library). Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart Introduction by Larry Gelbart "This brazenly retro Broadway musical, inspired by Plautus, is as timeless as comedy itself." Vincent Canby, The New York Times "The most urbane and literate musical comedy text ever conceived." John Simon, New York magazine

Kenneth Williams Unseen: The private notes, scripts and photographs

Author: Wes Butters,Russell Davies

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 000739604X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 4200

To mark the 20th anniversary of Kenneth Williams’ death, a beautiful coffee table book celebrating his life, including never-before-seen photographs, sketches and personal testimony from Williams’ closest friends, for the very first time.

So You Wanna be a Director?

Author: Ken Annakin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780953192656

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 285

View: 700

Yorkshire-born Ken Annakin is one of the greatest international film directors. The last of the English directors to make it in the international arena (others included Hitchcock and Lean), this autobiography traces Annakin's career from his early British films through to Hollywood. He has directed, written and produced over 50 feature films in Africa, India, Malaysia, Scandinavia, China, Europe and the United States. His films include: Swiss Family Robinson, The Longest Day, Battle of the Bulge, and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. Annakin's autobiography includes personal and revealing insights into many film personalities, including: Claudette Colbert; Edward G. Robinson; David Niven; Raquel Welch; Rod Steiger; Tony Curtis; Henry Fonda; Olivia de Havilland; Robert Ryan; Charlton Heston; Julie Christie; Robert Wagner; Charles Bronson; Peter Sellers; Peter Ustinov; Darryl Zanuck; Walt Disney and Terry Thomas. This book is forthright and pulls no punches. It will soon become a classic among director's autobiographies. Detailing his own frustrations with sex-mad producers, drug-addicted actors, and unions which sabotaged multi-million dollar feature films. Annakin details a career of dizzying highs and bleak lows. This master of family entertainment also sounds a clarion call for a return to motion pictures which are fun for the whole family. So You Wanna Be A Director? is an entertaining and witty travelogue, as well as an important document of film history.

High Spirits

Author: Joan Sims

Publisher: Bantam Press

ISBN: 9781852252809

Category: Actors

Page: 212

View: 4168

This title leads readers to the best in the USA's number two destination state, from South Florida and the Gulf Coast to Central Florida and the great north. It covers all the top attractions: Miami and South Beach, the Everglades, the Keys, Daytona Beach, and the worlds number one vacation destination - Orlando and its theme parks.

101 Best Ways to Land a Job in Troubled Times

Author: Jay A. Block

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071713514

Category: Education

Page: 208

View: 7847

THE PROVEN FIVE-STEP STRATEGY FOR FINDING THE JOB OF YOUR DREAMS! “If you are serious about landing a quality job quickly in today’s job market, this book will practically guarantee your success.” –Bob Burg, bestselling author of Endless Referrals and The Go-Giver “Jay Block has taken his place as one of the career coaching industry’s most innovative thinkers and contributors.” —Frank X. Fox, Executive Director, Professional Association of Résumé Writers & Career Coaches “A must-read for all job seekers in today’s highly competitive job market.” —Sherry Zylka, Associate Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Schoolcraft College (Michigan) “Jay has written a unique and highly effective book combining motivational techniques with job search innovation.” —Susan Leventhal, Manager, Professional Placement Network, Workforce One, Florida About the Book: In 101 Best Ways to Land a Job in Troubled Times, Jay Block helps you approach your job transition strategically—not as a one-time search, but as a campaign of discovery through which you’ll achieve your career objectives. Follow his easy five-step process to: Manage fear and negative emotions that impede success Carefully define clear job and career goals Create effective and high-impact self- marketing tools that make job seekers STAND OUT professionally Develop strategic, structured action plans that will become the job seeker’s GPS to their next job Take action and “enjoy the process” of landing a job in troubled times quickly and effectively Block’s proven method is the only way to truly seize control of your future, land the job you want, and earn the pay you deserve.


The Short Life & Fast Times of John Belushi

Author: Bob Woodward

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451665989

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

View: 3065

This reissue of Bob Woodword’s classic book about John Belushi—one of the most interesting performers and personalities in show business history—“is told with the same narrative style that Woodward employed so effectively in All the President’s Men and The Final Days” (Chicago Tribune). John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose March 5, 1982, in a seedy hotel bungalow off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Belushi’s death was the beginning of a trail that led Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward on an investigation that examines the dark side of American show business—TV, rock and roll, and the movie industry. From on-the-record interviews with 217 people, including Belushi's widow, his former partner Dan Aykroyd, Belushi’s movie directors including Jack Nicholson and Steven Spielberg, actors Chevy Chase, Robin Williams, and Carrie Fisher, the movie executives, the agents, Belushi’s drug dealers, and those who live in the show business underground, the author has written a close portrait of a great American comic talent, and of his struggle to succeed and to survive that ended in tragedy. Using diaries, accountants’ records, phone bills, travel records, medical records, and interviews with firsthand witnesses, Woodward has followed Belushi’s life from childhood in a small town outside Chicago to his meteoric rise to fame. Bob Woodward has written a spellbinding account of rise and fall, a cautionary tale for our times, and a poignant and gentle portrait of a young man who had so much, gave so much, and lost so much.


Author: Shaun Micallef

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0857963783

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 5595

Feel that War and Peace went on a bit? Wish there were more laughs in Catcher in the Rye? Very cross that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had no references to three-time world hotdog-eating champion, Joey Chestnut? Then Smithereens is for you. At only 300 pages you can knock it off during one of the ad breaks on Shaun's hit show, Talkin' 'bout Your Generation. And laughs? What about them? Well, does it have any? Of course it does it's written by one of Australia's funniest men. Oh, John Clarke? No, not John Clarke. I like John Clarke. So do I, but this is written by Shaun Micallef. And as for references to three-time hotdog eating-champion Joey Chestnut, I'm afraid the only mention of him appears on this back cover. Still, it's one more than Stieg Larsson could manage and he's written three books. Yes, the popular Australian classic Smithereens is back. Updated and revised, with more commas than ever before, several umlauts and featuring brand-new material never before published in bookular form. Join multi-Logie winning and much-loved TV star Shaun Micallef as he buys a call centre in India; rides the Governor-General's bicycle; lifts the lid on the Rothschild's mass murder of frogs; has dinner in Canada with the late Norman Wisdom; and provides a cure-all for the global economic crisis. Smithereens Nothing you'd normally ask for in a book, and more