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Will she do? : act one of a life on stage

Atkins, Eileen, 1934-2021
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The story of a girl from a council estate in Tottenham, born in 1934 to an electric-meter reader and a seamstress, who was determined to be an actress. Candid and witty, this memoir takes her from her awkward performances in working-men's clubs at six years of age as dancing 'Baby Eileen', through the war years in London, to her breakthrough at thirty-two on Broadway with The Killing of Sister George, for which she received the first of five Tony Award nominations. She co-created 'Upstairs, Downstairs' and wrote the screenplay for 'Mrs Dalloway' (for which she won an Evening Standard Award). Characterised by an eye for the absurd, a terrific knack for storytelling and an insistence on honesty, 'Will She Do?' is a raconteur's tale about family, about class, about youthful ambition and big dreams and what really goes on behind the scenes.
Main title:
London : Virago, 2021.
309 pages, 16 unnumbmered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
Includes index.
9780349014661 (hbk)
Dewey class:
792.028092792.028B.ATK920920ATK920 ATK
LC class:
Local class:
B ATK792.092920.ATK792.092 B.ATK
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