Behind the Scenes

by Dame Judi Dench

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Behind the Scenes Synopsis

'National treasure? I hate that. Too dusty, too in a cupboard, too behind glass, too staid ...What I love is being part of a company. On stage I am not trying to be myself, I'm trying to be someone else, the more unlike me the better.' From her first theatrical roles as a teenager in York to her commanding performances as 'M' in the James Bond films, Dame Judi Dench's professional life has consisted of non-stop acting, leading to numerous accolades, including an Academy Award. BEHIND THE SCENES is a fully updated and expanded edition of Dame Judi's first photograph album SCENES FROM MY LIFE, published in 2005. It is a uniquely personal take on her life and brilliant career, showing her off stage as well as on: in the wings, off sets, in dressing rooms and happily larking about. Beautifully illustrated with photographs from her own collections, here are reflections and reminiscences on those who have mattered to her most - her family, fellow actors, directors and writers - communicated with the truth and insight of her acting.

The Good Book Guide Review

Ten years ago, Judi Dench published Scenes From My Life, a pictorial album of memorable moments from her life and career. After an eventful decade in which she’s had many notable stage roles and appeared on screen in Bond films like Skyfall and recently as the eponymous Philomena, she’s now presenting an updated and expanded version of her enjoyable earlier memoir. Eschewing the tag of ‘national treasure’, Dench says her mission as an actress is a simple one: ‘I’m trying to be someone else, the more unlike me the better.’ Beautifully illustrated with photos from life on and off stage, Judi says these images evoke many happy memories, yet also remind her of roles she still longs to play, for, as she firmly emphasises, retirement ‘plays no part in any of my future plans’. From her first teenage roles in her native city of York, to her recent appearance in Peter and Alice, every page pays tribute to a triumphant career and to a life well lived.

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ISBN: 9780297608844
Publication date: 20/11/2014
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780297608844
Publication date: 20th November 2014
Author: Dame Judi Dench
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Autobiography: arts & entertainment, Individual actors & performers, Theatre: individual actors & directors, Films, cinema,

About Dame Judi Dench

Judi Dench is the foremost actress in the British theatre. Created a DBE in 1988 and a Companion of Honour in 2005.   Author photo © Andrew Zuckerman

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