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Behind the Scenes by Dame Judi Dench

Behind the Scenes

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A lot has happened in Judi Dench’s life since this illustration biographical portrait was first published in 2005. Now fully updated it reveals that Judi, far from slowing down is still in great demand as an actress and there are many new stories and anecdotes to share. With reflections and commentaries on acting friends and family this contributes to a well-rounded portrait of Dame Judi.

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The Good Book Guide logo 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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Behind the Scenes by Dame Judi Dench

'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.


Every page pays tribute to a triumphant career and to a life well-lived. * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * A warmly written journey through Judi's life as an actress,illustrated with stunning photographs. * SIXTY PLUS SURFERS * (It) may be a photo scrapbook but it's a delight thanks to the start's self-deprecating charm. Snapped beside her car, she writes 'I don't drive it. I just lean against it.
No chronological plod this, but a freefall tumble through a brilliant career. Like Dench herself, treasurable

. -- Christopher Fowler * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY - Books of the Year 2014 * The stunning photos are brought to life by Dame Judi's wonderful turn of phrase. For example: 'Phoebe, in As You Like It - what an arse-paralysing part. * SUNDAY MIRROR * Die-hard fans of the great actress will adore this collection of beautiful - and often touching - photos. * BEST *

About the Author

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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Publication date

20th November 2014


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Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


272 pages


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