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Anthony Hopkins: Too Good To Waste: A Biography

Quentin Falk

Published 1989
ISBN : 9780862878689
Hardcover
230 pages
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Anthony Hopkins is for many Britains greatest modern actor. Now 51 years of age, he has created a string of memorable roles, on film, stage and television, among them King Lear, Hitler, Mark Anthony, Donald Campbell, Lloyd George, St Paul, CaptainMoreAnthony Hopkins is for many Britains greatest modern actor. Now 51 years of age, he has created a string of memorable roles, on film, stage and television, among them King Lear, Hitler, Mark Anthony, Donald Campbell, Lloyd George, St Paul, Captain Bligh and Quasimodo. His portrayals of Pierre in the BBCs War and Peace, of the tyrannical press baron in the National Theatres Pravda and of the psychiatrist in Equus on Broadway have helped win him awards and acclaim.Yet success has not come easily. A lonely, insecure, only child, his schooldays were a disaster, and by the time fame began to beckon he had started drinking heavily to counter his insecurities.He left his first wife and baby daughter and threatened his professional standing by arguing with directors and storming out of the National Theatre. Then, as booze seemed set to drown his burgeoning Hollywood career, Hopkins suddenly found a divinely-inspired strength to declare his alcoholism openly and make a fresh start.For this, the first-ever authorized biography of this remarkable chameleon performer, Quentin Falk shadowed the actor for an entire year, one in which Hopkins scarcely paused for breath.Family, friends, colleagues and critics talk frankly and openly about the actors turbulent life and career - a career that was, as Hopkins eventually admitted to himself, too good to waste.