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Coral Browne  

'This Effing Lady'

Coral Browne $35.41 ex GST
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A larger-than-life character that towered over the London stage for half a century, Coral Browne was remarkable for her mesmerising character performances, her glamour, her liberated attitude to sex and the quickness of her often-savage wit.

Arriving from ‘awful Australia’ as a 21-year old she quickly became the talk of wartime London—performing as bombs rained around her. Prodigiously talented and highly unconventional for the age she lived in, she forged a reputation as a brilliant comic and classical actress, though she would later perform in the premiere of Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw in her underwear, alongside Ralph Richardson. She is also remembered for a series of iconic performances in films such as Auntie Mame, The Killing of Sister George, Theatre of Blood, The Legend of Lyla Clare, The Ruling Class, and in television dramas such as Dennis Potter’s Dreamchild, and Alan Bennett’s An Englishman Abroad, in which she played herself.

Almost as famous for her bawdy wit and unashamed appetite for men (and women), her famous lovers included Maurice Chevalier, Cecil Beaton and Paul Robeson, though she played confidante to many more, including Alec Guinness, John Schlesinger, Alan Bates, and, remarkably, the traitor Guy Burgess. Later in life she became ‘Mrs Vincent Price’, one half of one of the most passionate and remarkable celebrity marriages of all time.
'This Effing Lady' is Rose Collis' humane and funny account of a remarkable and truly original star.

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-764-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB


Rose Collis is the author of a number of critically acclaimed books, including Colonel Barker's Monstrous Regiment: A Tale of Female Husbandry (Virago), Portraits To The Wall (Cassell), A Trouser-wearing Character: Life and Times of Nancy Spain (Continuum), and Portraits to the Wall: Women on Women (Continuum).