May 15, 2012 |
While getting started for her debut in Culture Monster's Influences column, brassy Broadway veteran Elaine Stritch, 87, wanted to make one thing clear: She's never been influenced by anyone. "I am not influenced by other human beings," she says. "But I am inspired. If I see a great performance on television, onstage, in the movies, I go to work the next day with a renewed energy and less fear. These great artists take me out of my life and make me want to go there. But I never imitated anyone.
July 11, 2004 |
British theater enjoyed a golden age of actors from 1930 through the 1950s. (The only 18-karat playwright during those years was Noel Coward, who starred in many of his own plays and wrote the music for his musicals. And although George Bernard Shaw was still alive, his decline had begun after "The Apple Cart" in 1929.
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May 26, 2000
An era has closed with the death of the magnificent actor, John Gielgud (May 23). Among his limitless talents, he could express the dry British wit better than almost anyone. My favorite exchange of his was in the film "Murder on the Orient Express," in which he played a proper English butler. A bawdy Italian named Foscarelli notices that Gielgud's character is reading a book, about which Mr. F. asks: "Is it about sex?" Without batting an eye, Gielgud consults his watch and replies: "No, Mr. Foscarelli, it's about 10:30."
May 23, 2000 |
Actors and their vocal coaches customarily refer to the voice as the Instrument, with the capital in place. So it is--although not all voices are created equal and some are blunt instruments, fine for crying "Charge" or "Save the Dauphin" but of limited range otherwise. Sir John Gielgud, who died Sunday at the age of 96, had the most perfect male vocal instrument of them all, and no one who heard it on stage or on screen will likely ever forget it.
May 23, 2000 |
Sir John Gielgud, the last of the great trinity of British actors who dominated the theatrical world for much of the 20th century, has died. Gielgud, 96, died Sunday at his home near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire west of London, Laurence Evans, his former agent, announced Monday.
November 15, 1992 |
ACTING SHAKESPEARE by John Gielgud (Charles Scribner's Sons/A Robert Stewart Book: $20; 192 pp.). Fans of John Gielgud are likely to be disappointed with this volume, which doesn't add up to 200 pages despite being padded out with an extensive introduction (by frequent Gielgud collaborator John Miller) and four appendices. "Acting Shakespeare" has its charms nonetheless, and they derive almost entirely from the fact that Gielgud is such a pure representation of classic British acting.