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In Spite of Myself

Christopher Plummer

A rollicking, rich portrait of a life. And what a life! By one of today's greatest living actors. He was born a Canadian on a Friday the thirteenth in 1929-the year of the Crash. His boyhood was one of privilege: an ancestor was a Governor General; his great-grandfather Sir John Abbott was Canada's third prime minister and owned railroads. There were steam yachts, mansions, and a life of Victorian gentility and somewhat cluttered splendor. Plummer tells how "this young bilingual wastrel, incurably romantic, spoiled rotten, tore himself away from the ski slopes to break into the big bad world of theatre, not from the streets up but from an Edwardian living room down," and writes of his early acting days as an eighteen-year-old playing the lead in Shakespeare's Cymbeline, directed by the legendary Komisarjevsky of Moscow's Imperial Theatre. We see his glorious New York of the fifties, where life began at midnight, with the likes of Arthur Miller, Carson McCullers, Tennessee Williams, and Paddy Chayefsky, and how Plummer's own Broadway world developed and swept him along through the last Golden Age the American Theatre would ever remember . . . how the sublime Ruth Chatterton ("she might have been created by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis") introduced him to the right people in New York . . . how Miss Eva Le Gallienne gave Plummer his Broadway debut at twenty-five in The Starcross Story ("It opened and closed in one night! One solitary night! But what a night!"). He writes about Miss Katherine Cornell (the last stage star to travel by private train), who, with her husband, Guthrie McClintic, added to what experience Plummer had the necessary gloss, spit, and polish to take him to the next level. Guthrie bundled Plummer off to Paris for a production of Medea, opposite Dame Judith Anderson ("a little Tasmanian devil . . . who with one look could turn an audience to stone"). Plummer writes about the great producers with whom he worked-Kermit Bloomgarden, Robert Whitehead, and Roger Stevens-about Lillian Hel

A rollicking, rich portrait of a life. And what a life! By one of today's greatest living actors. He was born a Canadian on a Friday the thirteenth in 1929-the year of the Crash. His boyhood was one of privilege: an ancestor was a Governor General; his great-grandfather Sir John Abbott was Canada's third prime minister and owned railroads. There were steam yachts, mansions, and a life of Victorian gentility and somewhat cluttered splendor. Plummer tells how "this young bilingual wastrel, incurably romantic, spoiled rotten, tore himself away from the ski slopes to break into the big bad world of theatre, not from the streets up but from an Edwardian living room down," and writes of his early acting days as an eighteen-year-old playing the lead in Shakespeare's Cymbeline, directed by the legendary Komisarjevsky of Moscow's Imperial Theatre. We see his glorious New York of the fifties, where life began at midnight, with the likes of Arthur Miller, Carson McCullers, Tennessee Williams, and Paddy Chayefsky, and how Plummer's own Broadway world developed and swept him along through the last Golden Age the American Theatre would ever remember . . . how the sublime Ruth Chatterton ("she might have been created by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis") introduced him to the right people in New York . . . how Miss Eva Le Gallienne gave Plummer his Broadway debut at twenty-five in The Starcross Story ("It opened and closed in one night! One solitary night! But what a night!"). He writes about Miss Katherine Cornell (the last stage star to travel by private train), who, with her husband, Guthrie McClintic, added to what experience Plummer had the necessary gloss, spit, and polish to take him to the next level. Guthrie bundled Plummer off to Paris for a production of Medea, opposite Dame Judith Anderson ("a little Tasmanian devil . . . who with one look could turn an audience to stone"). Plummer writes about the great producers with whom he worked-Kermit Bloomgarden, Robert Whitehead, and Roger Stevens-about Lillian Hel
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A rollicking, rich portrait of a life. And what a life! By one of today's greatest living actors. He was born a Canadian on a Friday the thirteenth in 1929-the year of the Crash. His boyhood was one of privilege: an ancestor was a Governor General; his great-grandfather Sir John Abbott was Canada's third prime minister and owned railroads. There were steam yachts, mansions, and a life of Victorian gentility and somewhat cluttered splendor. Plummer tells how "this young bilingual wastrel, incurably romantic, spoiled rotten, tore himself away from the ski slopes to break into the big bad world of theatre, not from the streets up but from an Edwardian living room down," and writes of his early acting days as an eighteen-year-old playing the lead in Shakespeare's Cymbeline, directed by the legendary Komisarjevsky of Moscow's Imperial Theatre. We see his glorious New York of the fifties, where life began at midnight, with the likes of Arthur Miller, Carson McCullers, Tennessee Williams, and Paddy Chayefsky, and how Plummer's own Broadway world developed and swept him along through the last Golden Age the American Theatre would ever remember . . . how the sublime Ruth Chatterton ("she might have been created by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis") introduced him to the right people in New York . . . how Miss Eva Le Gallienne gave Plummer his Broadway debut at twenty-five in The Starcross Story ("It opened and closed in one night! One solitary night! But what a night!"). He writes about Miss Katherine Cornell (the last stage star to travel by private train), who, with her husband, Guthrie McClintic, added to what experience Plummer had the necessary gloss, spit, and polish to take him to the next level. Guthrie bundled Plummer off to Paris for a production of Medea, opposite Dame Judith Anderson ("a little Tasmanian devil . . . who with one look could turn an audience to stone"). Plummer writes about the great producers with whom he worked-Kermit Bloomgarden, Robert Whitehead, and Roger Stevens-about Lillian Hel

Language:

English

Length:

16h 39m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:55

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:54


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:10


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:20


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:20


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:02


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:27


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:14


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:08


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:43


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:55


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:58


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:41


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:38


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:13


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:24


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:07


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:02


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:12


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:32


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:21


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:04


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:39


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:29


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:59


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:19


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:23


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:27


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:40


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:38


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:15


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:08


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:41


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:18


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:11


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:41


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:19


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:19


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:42


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:29


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:54


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:10


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:36


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:05


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:53


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:17


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:30


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:46


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:57


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:41


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:08


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:12


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:33


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:52


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:54


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:04


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:39


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:28


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:45


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:41


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:33


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:58


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:34


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:23


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:39


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:52


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:47


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:17


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:15


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:19


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:50


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:35


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:48


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:00


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:33


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:10


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:47


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:42


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:20


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:14


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:03


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:11


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:32


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:24


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:36


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:28


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:20


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:03


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:24


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:49


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:39


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:05


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:32


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:50


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

09:40


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:21


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

08:05


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

08:56


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:07


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:44


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:27


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:18


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:20


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:33


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:01


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:11


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:57


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:24


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:19


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

08:57


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

07:16


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

06:59


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:13


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:47


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:18


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:50


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:16


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

07:49


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

07:15


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:15


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:37


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

07:44


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

09:04


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:30


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:40


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

07:31


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

06:54


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:15


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

07:53


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

00:26