Friday April 10, 2020

Olivier: the man behind the myth

Olivier by Philip Ziegler. Maclehose Press, €18.90. Reviewed by John Maguire.

12th October, 2013
Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier in Fire Over England.



''There are an alarmingly large number of books about Olivier already in existence,'' Philip Ziegler acknowledges in the afterword to his new biography of Laurence Olivier, a comprehensive and intermittently engrossing account of the actor's life that focuses on his powers of administration at the expense of his art.

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