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Title
Ian McKellen - the biography
Author
Garry O'Connor
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20190905

Sir Ian McKellen is that rarest of characters: a celebrity whose distinguished political and social service has transcended his enormous fame and international stardom to reach far beyond the stage and screen.

The breadth of his endeavour - professional, personal and political - has been truly staggering. Of some four-hundred stage and film roles, there are only three, in his own estimation, of which he has not been proud. Iconic roles have not been in short supply: Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings being perhaps the most universally-recognised and well-loved.
Add to all this McKellen's tireless political activism in the cause of gay equality, and you have a veritable phenomenon.

This intimate and definitive biography probes the heart of the actor, recreating for the reader his greatest stage roles, and exploring the inner man in his personal releationships. It will define in a complete and compelling way what makes him tick, his achievements, and his shortcomings.

McKellen's life story has been a constantly developing drama.
He is an enigmatic and complex being; and parts of the book may be controversial, even explosive, given his consistent ability to shock and surprise.

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Garry O'Connor is a biographer and novelist, noted for his publications on theatrical and literary figures. He has written acclaimed biographies of Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Paul Scofield, Peggy Ashcroft and Alec Guinness. O'Connor has written and presented programmes for radio, including CAMPION'S GHOST for Radio 4, adapted from his novel about John Donne.

[A] fascinating voyage round McKellen
Guardian - Simon Callow

With his varied career and position as LGBT campaigner, icon Sir Ian McKellen's story is one that delights and inspires
WOMAN & HOME

A well-researched, eminently readable book
THE TIMES

There is serious analysis of McKellen's greatest performances - Iago, Richard III, Gandalf - and some of his less successful ones ... Yet O'Connor also has time for theatre lore and gossip ... It is as much a "voyage of discovery" around British theatre as it is around its subject's psyche, but unless McKellen rethinks his decision and writes his memoirs, this sprawling portrait might be as close as anyone gets.
THE SUNDAY TIMES

Sir Ian McKellen got cold feet about writing his memoirs, in the end returning a substantial advance to his publisher. In its stead his old friend Garry O'Connor has produced a fascinating account of the actor's life
and career - his passions, his craft, his gay rights activism, not to mention his generosity ("Gandalf pays"' is his habitual cry at the end of a meal) ... This is surely the de?nitive McKellen biography.
THE OBSERVER

A revealing and in-depth look at [McKellen's] wide-ranging career and personal relationships
CHOICE magazine

[An] extensive new biography written by Garry O'Connor, whom [McKellen] met 60 years ago when they were students at Cambridge. The book deals with all areas of McKellen's eventful life, professional, personal and political: from his energetic campaigning for gay rights to the time he kissed Tony Blair; his acclaimed Shakespeare roles and his much-loved Gandalf in Lord of the Rings and Widow Twankey in panto; and his close friendships with Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi and Patrick Stewart
RADIO TIMES

A fascinating biographical study of a stellar acting career - including the secrets that lie behind it
Guardian

Type
BOOK
Edition
Export ed
Keyword Index
Actors - Great Britain - Biography.|Motion picture actors and actresses - Great Britain - Biography.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
352

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