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Private Faces and Public Places: The Autobiography

Sian Phillips

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The remarkably honest and brilliantly entertaining memoir of one of our finest acting Dames whose long and celebrated career includes her much-loved performance as Livia in I, Claudius and who was married for 20 years to the hell-raising Hollywood star Peter O'Toole.

Sian Phillips has a long and celebrated career on both stage and screen. For the first time, her two bestselling volumes of memoir Private Faces and Public Places will be available as a single volume with a brand new foreword by the author.

With wonderful stories and unflinching candour, Private Faces and Public Places covers her life from its beginnings in the remote Welsh countryside, where life hadn't changed for centuries, to finding herself at the epicentre of the acting world at its most glamorous alongside husband Peter O'Toole, whose career was about to take off with the spellbinding Lawrence of Arabia. Sian describes the mad and wonderfully impulsive times with O'Toole alongside the tempestuous, insecure, and often lonely periods in their marriage. Incredibly, it endures over 20 years.

When it ends, surprising even herself, she plunges straight into another marriage, with the much younger actor Robin Sachs. Emerging alone from her second marriage, triumphant and unrepentant, the story Sian tells ranks alongside the very best in show business.

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Praise for Private Faces and Public Places: The Autobiography

  • 'Magnificent' - Sunday Times

  • 'A fascinating read, easily one of the best autobiographies of the year' - Daily Telegraph

  • 'A stimulating work of art . . . a rare bird indeed among "showbiz" books' - Daily Telegraph

  • 'A delightful memoir, written with great warmth and freshness' - Mail on Sunday

  • 'modern classics: elegantly written and breathtaking in their honesty' - Daily Express

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Sian Phillips

Si n Phillips began acting in BBC Radio when only 11. Since then she has appeared in numerous plays, films and TV dramas, including I CLAUDIUS, GOODBYE MR CHIPS, SHOULDER TO SHOULDER, THE SCOLD'S BRIDLE, and MARLENE which is shortly to open on Broadway. She has received several acting awards both here and in America. She was married to Peter O'Toole for 20 years and has two daughters.

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