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Author: John Le Carre,Alec Guinness
ISBN: 0241136679
Language: English
Pages: 224 pages
Category: Performing Arts
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd; 1st ed. edition (October 3, 1996)
Rating: 4.9
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I never liked New Year's Day," begins Guinness, but he decided to start this diary with his 1 January 1995 entry . Sir Alec Guinness died on the 5th. of August, 2000 and his departure left an enormous void in the theatre, film and thespian world.

I never liked New Year's Day," begins Guinness, but he decided to start this diary with his 1 January 1995 entry; and he ends the diary on 6 June 1996, in acknowledgment of the momentous day in 1940 when his son Matthew was born, or "possibly" the Normandy invasion. The point is that Guinness is concerned so much with beginnings and endings that he calls the reader's attention to them, reminding one and all that the sun is most certainly setting on the end of a sublime actor's days.

My Name Escapes Me book. Sometimes there i My Name Escapes Me by Alec Guinness A great work. Alec Guiness was one of the best actors in the world

My Name Escapes Me book. Alec Guiness was one of the best actors in the world. Alas, he is best known around the world for his role in one of the Star Wars movies. In this diary, Alec Guinness seems to have a low opinion of the episode. When asked about a possible new role, he says that he would never play in Star Wars again. The actor talks about colleagues, friends, fans, travels and much more.

Chapter 29: Alec Guinness. here: ‘Mission into Enemy Territory’ was first published in the Daily Telegraph in 1994, and was reprinted as the Preface in My Name Escapes Me: The Diary of a Retiring Actor by Alec Guinness, published by Hamish Hamilton in 1996

Chapter 29: Alec Guinness. here: ‘Mission into Enemy Territory’ was first published in the Daily Telegraph in 1994, and was reprinted as the Preface in My Name Escapes Me: The Diary of a Retiring Actor by Alec Guinness, published by Hamish Hamilton in 1996. Chapter 33: Son of the author’s father. here: ‘In Ronnie’s Court’ was first published in the USA in the New Yorker in 2002, and in the UK in the Observer in 2003.

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What makes Guinness a fine and versatile actor is precisely what also makes him a good diarist: an ironically .

In his autobiography (My Name Escapes Me), Alec Guinness states that Fresnay was his favourite actor. Guinness, Alec (1998) My Name Escapes Me: The Diary of a Retiring Actor, p. 65, Penguin

In his autobiography (My Name Escapes Me), Alec Guinness states that Fresnay was his favourite actor. Asked how to say his name, he told The Literary Digest "I think my name is to be pronounced fray-nay. At least, it is the way I pronounce i. (Charles Earle Funk, What's the Name, Please?, Funk & Wagnalls, 1936). Selected filmography. 65, Penguin, ISBN 0140277455.

The Diary of a Retiring Actor. By Alec Guinness Those same qualities animate his latest book, ''My Name Escapes Me'': an utterly delightful, if slender, volume that attests once. Preface by John le Carre. Those same qualities animate his latest book, ''My Name Escapes Me'': an utterly delightful, if slender, volume that attests once again to the skills of Mr. Guinness as a writer, reminding the reader that he not only starred in but also wrote the screenplay to the rollicking 1959 film ''The Horse's Mouth'' (based on. the Joyce Cary novel).

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My Name Escapes Me : The Diary of a Retiring Actor. This volume presents Alec Guinness' diary, small portions of which first appeared in the "Spectator" in the early nineties

My Name Escapes Me : The Diary of a Retiring Actor. By (author) Alec Guinness. This volume presents Alec Guinness' diary, small portions of which first appeared in the "Spectator" in the early nineties. It is a delightful collection of observations, anecdotes, and reminisces that range over acting, politics, and religion. Format Audio cassette 2 pages. Dimensions 108 x 143 x 17mm 110g. Publication date 01 Aug 1997. Publisher Penguin Books Ltd.

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First published in 1996, these excerpts from Alec Guinness' diaries cover a period of about 18 months from January 1995. Combining wit, anecdotes and observation, the topics range from the National Lottery to Ralph Richardson, from the Catholic Church to the Hampshire countryside.
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Sir Alec Guinness died on the 5th. of August, 2000 and his departure left an enormous void in the theatre, film and thespian world. Most popularly known as "George Smiley" in John Le Carré's works, and as "Col. Nicholson" in The Bridge on the River Kwai, and for his playful "Obi-Wan Kenobi" in Star Wars he was in fact a distinguished Shakespearean actor and started his career under the tutelage of Sir John Gielgud. As an officer in the Royal Navy he commanded landing craft and took part in the invasions of Sicily and Elba, and ferried supplies to the Yugoslav partisans of Tito.

He was 86 when he died and these diary entries were made just four years before his death when he was still extremely active and an engagingly bright star of any social gathering. Obviously with such a long career Alec had worked with many of the `great names' of film and stage, so name dropping is unavoidable and, of course, to the reader, extremely welcome!

This "thinking man's actor"(John Simon in the NY Times) gave so much pleasure in his acting and yet was such good company at the same time that other cast members always mentioned his courtesy and professionalism. His marriage to his beloved Merula lasted 62 years and was, from other accounts, extremely happy - certainly his affection comes through strongly in the diary, as does his sheer enjoyment of his wife, family and friends.

There is little intensely revealing in these entries - other than perhaps the fact that Sir Alec Guinness, CH, CBE seems to have been a genuinely "nice bloke" - but perhaps if one read the entire trilogy he wrote of his life ... Blessings in Disguise, My Name Escapes Me, A Positively Final Appearance ... a deeper or broader view would emerge. Alec was a convert to the Roman Catholic faith and each morning he would recite a prayerful few lines that offer a clue to his own kindness... "Cause me to hear your loving kindness in the morning".

Oh - and the cover of the Penguin Paperback shows his mischief and humour as he offers the photographer Smiley doing a Pooh-Bear like walk. Or perhaps it is Sir Alec imitating one of his earliest influences, Stan Laurel?
Viashal
He's engaging, and engaged. His career trajectory is thrilling. The films he left his mark on are some of the best.
Bundis
Brilliant. I first read this in England many years ago and am thrilled to obtain a copy in the US.
Arlelond
Gentle diary entries over the course of a year or so, some serious, some humorous, by Alec Guinness. I have enjoyed all his memoirs.
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Alec Guinness books are witty and great reading.
Akirg
Loved it!
Malanim
It was a gift. The recipient said they liked it.
A most interesting style of a book!! A daily diary of his activities. He makes it very interesting without any bragadocio.