THE PRICE OF FAME – DENNIS PRICE
Saturday 12th May 2018 at 2pm. Venue and café open from 12.30pm.
Free film screening ‘The Naked Truth’ at 3pm
The author Elaine Parker will discuss how she came to write “The Price of Fame” – the biography of Dennis Price, as interviewed by Tony Flood. Elaine is a film buff and life long fan of Dennis Price and her book was written and researched between 1986 – 1993 when many of Dennis Price’s contemporaries were alive.
She had exclusive interviews with many big names, including Alec Guinness, Ian Carmichael, Joan Greenwood, Margaret Lockwood and Paul Scofield. She also got to interview Dennis’s manager of 16 years, Marcus Wootton, after he had declined to help other prospective authors! Elaine’s book is the first in depth analysis of Dennis Price the film star and private individual and the book contains 100 photographs.
About the Author
Elaine Parker is a life-long film buff and huge fan of Dennis Price, with an in-depth knowledge of his life and career. This is her first book. Gareth Owen has authored and/or ghosted 16 books on film, film studios and film personalities including four volumes of autobiography with Sir Roger Moore
About Dennis Price
Charming, erudite, and the very personification of the English gentleman, Dennis Price was without doubt also one of the most promising and talented newcomers to the world of theatre and film in the late 1930s, and he arguably reached his screen best in the classic Ealing comedy ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’.
Huge praise was lavished upon him and he was compared alongside theatrical contemporaries Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson as being destined for great things. Scene-stealing performances followed over the next few decades in such differing films as ‘The Dancing Years’, ‘The Intruder’, ‘Private’s Progress’, ‘The Naked Truth’, ‘Tunes of Glory’, ‘Tamahine’ and ‘Theatre of Blood’, to name but a few.
Though whilst his career was blossoming his private life was going through turmoil when, after one of his several affairs was discovered by his wife, he faced the shame of divorce, separation from his two children and when coupled with significant tax bills, it all proved too much and the actor attempted suicide. Eventually bouncing back, he reinvented himself as a character actor and appeared in scores of notable films-and was often the best thing in them!
Entry Is Free
As usual, the UGT coffee bar is open throughout the day from 12.30pm to 4pm for Fairtrade refreshments – drinks and cakes – at some of the very best prices in town.
With regret, the venue has no wheelchair access.