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The Brits In Hollywood : Tales from the Hollywood Raj - Sheridan Morley

The Brits In Hollywood

Tales from the Hollywood Raj


Published: 22nd June 2006
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Author, journalist, director, actor and broadcaster Sheridan Morley has spent his life working among the world's greatest stage and screen idols.

In this extensively updated edition of his bestselling study of British actors in Tinseltown, he chronicles the lives, loves, lavish parties and bitter rivalries of our last empire builders. This unique and comprehensive history of the 'dream factory' starts at the very beginning of cinema history with Brit Eadweard Muybridge, the inventor of moving pictures, and the founder of RADA Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who starred in a version of Macbeth filmed in a studio before the area was even called Hollywood.

The book looks at the golden age of the 1930s, when expat life under the Californian sun revolved around cricket clubs and food parcels sent by family members left behind, before analysing the impact of McCarthyism, the fragmentation of the studio system and how the growth of air travel has opened up the film industry.

Every British mover and shaker of the silver screen is discussed, from James Mason, Christopher Isherwood and Vivien Leigh to Ian McKellen, Dudley Moore, Sam Mendes, Minnie Driver and Jude Law. Morley discusses the paradox of establishing oneself as a Beverly Hills player without losing one's roots, Hugh Grant's arrest, Catherine Zeta-Jones' marriage into the Hollywood royalty of the Douglas dynasty, and the numerous successes, disasters, murders, suicides, Oscars and scandals that epitomise the British experience in the place where dreams are made.

About the Author

Sheridan Morley is a lifelong theatre critic and historian and the highly respected author of a number of stage and screen books including A Century of Theatre. He lives in London SW11.

Wilde Times
California Cockney
Tree in the Backwoods
English Spoken Here
To Sin with Elinor Glyn
Indecent Exposure
Hays Fever
Officers and Gentlemen
Wallace in Wonderland
Disraeli Wins and Oscar
Journey's End in Tinsel Town
Hollywood Cavalcade
Campbell in the Soup
We Play for an Empire
Hons and Rebels
Closing Ranks in Ruritania
Up Stars, Down Stars
Scarlett Heights
Gone with the Wind Up
Home Thoughts from Abroad
Writing on the Cinema Walls
The Memsahibs Arrive
Playing with Fire
Staying On
The British Empire Strikes Back
Trans World Acting

ISBN: 9781861058072
ISBN-10: 1861058071
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 22nd June 2006
Dimensions (cm): 23.114 x 15.240  x 2.286
Weight (kg): 0.455