Gielgud, John

SP as George, Duke of Clarence in United Artist’s 1955 “Richard III” (with Laurence Olivier in title role)

Price: $85.00

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(1904-2000) English actor and theater director, his career spanned 8 decades. With Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier, they dominated the British stage for most of the 20th century. A member of the Terry family of actors, he debuted in his 1st paid acting job in 1922. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he worked in repertory and in the West End before establishing himself with Shakespearean roles at the Old Vic 1929–31. In the 30s, he starred on the West End and on Broadway and began his own company at London’s Queen’s Theater. He was viewed as one of the finest Hamlets of his era, also known for high comedy roles. In the 1950s he was convicted and fined for a homosexual offense, but his colleagues and the public supported him. In the late 50s he was best known for his one-man Shakespeare show “Ages of Man” (winning a Tony and a Grammy) and from the late 60s he did new plays by Alan Bennett, Harold Pinter, and others. During the 1st half of his career, Gielgud did not take cinema seriously. He made his debut in 1924, and had successes with “The Good Companions” (1933) and “Julius Caesar” (1953, his 1st Hollywood film). He did not begin regular films until his 60s, appearing in 60+ films between “Becket” (1964, his 1st Oscar nomination), and “Elizabeth” (1998). He won the 1981 Best Supporting Actor Oscar for “Arthur” and his film work further earned him a Golden Globe and 2 BAFTAs. He is one of the few EGOTS, winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony. Famous from the start of his career for his voice and mastery of Shakespearean verse, he broadcast 100+ radio & TV dramas 1929-94, and made commercial recordings of many plays, including 10 of Shakespeare's. He was knighted in 1953 and the Gielgud Theater was named for him. He was president of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art 1977-89. In 1955 Gielgud made his 2nd appearance in a Shakespeare film as Clarence in Olivier’s “Richard III”. He had a cameo in “Around the World in Eighty Days” (1956) and was in “The Barretts of Wimpole Street” remake (1957). His TV debut was in 1959, appearing in 50+ plays on TV over the next 4 decades. During the early 60s Gielgud had more successes as a theater director and won a Tony for Best Director of a Play in 1961. He earned an Oscar nod for “Beckett” (1964) and appeared in 6 1967–69 films. In the 1st half of the 70s, he made 7 films and 6 TV dramas. In the latter part of the decade he worked more in film and TV than on stage. In the 80s he appeared in 20+ films, incl. “The Elephant Man”, “Chariots of Fire”, “and Gandhi”. For TV he played 19 roles in the 80s, incl. “Brideshead Revisited” (1982) and “Summer Lease” for which he won a 1991 Emmy. His last film appearance was in 1990 in “Prospero’s Books” and for his 90th birthday he played Lear for the last time for the BBC and continued to appear on TV until 1994, and made film cameo appearances. SP, 10 x 8 b&w glossy 1955 United Artists’ promotional full-length portrait as George, Duke of Clarence in “Richard III” (Laurence Olivier in title role), signed at top left corner.

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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