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Gielgud -- Memories
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1083  Tuesday, 23 May 2000.

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        Date:   Monday, 22 May 2000 18:25:16 -0400
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        Date:   Tuesday, May 23, 2000
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From:           Andrew W. White <
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Date:           Monday, 22 May 2000 18:25:16 -0400
Subject:        Gielgud -- Memories

News has just reached me Sir John Gielgud's passing.  I hope we can take
some time out on this list to share some of our favorite anecdotes,
remembrances, etc.-here's mine:

I was one of those wide-eyed young actors dreaming of playing Hamlet one
day, and had been quite taken with Harley Granville Barker's _Preface_.
But I wasn't sure where to turn next, and knowing Gielgud had studied
extensively for the role, I wrote him to ask for advice-further reading,
memories of Hamlets he saw in his youth, etc.

Imagine my surprise when he wrote me back!  At first I wasn't sure what
to make of the fact that the letter seemed to taper off at the edges,
written in a sort of teacup-shape.  'He's nearly 90, must be his hand
getting shaky.'  Only later did I learn that he not only enjoyed his
correspondence, but he would often write his letters in a teacup shape.

The advice in that letter, and the letter itself of course, remain a
talisman often pulled down from the shelf (sandwiched in a book of his,
for safekeeping).  Would that actors on my side of the Atlantic had but
an ounce of his style, let alone his kind consideration for younger
actors.

Andrew White
Arlington, VA

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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Tuesday, May 23, 2000
Subject:        John Gielgud Remembered in US Press

THE WASHINGTON POST

Shakespearean Virtuoso Sir John Gielgud, 96, Dies
By Bart Barnes
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 23, 2000 ; B07

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A53867-2000May23.html

A Century at Center Stage
By Lloyd Rose
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday , May 23, 2000 ; C01

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52481-2000May22.html


THE NEW YORK TIMES

May 23, 2000
John Gielgud, 96, Dies; Beacon of Classical Stage
By MEL GUSSOW

http://www.nytimes.com/library/theater/052300obit-j-gielgud.html

May 22, 2000
Actor Sir John Gielgud Dies at 96
Filed at 7:15 p.m. EDT
By The Associated Press

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/i/AP-Obit-Gielgud.html


THE BALTIMORE SUN

Gielgud, at age 96, takes his final bow
Appreciation: The master Shakespearean may be best remembered
Stateside as Hobson the impish butler.
By J. Wynn Rousuck
Sun Theater Critic

http://www.sunspot.net/content/archive/story?section=archive&pagename=story&storyid=1150340214180


ABCnews.com

Theater giant Sir John Gielgud dies at home
Reuters

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/Entertainment/reuters20000522_2501.html


USA TODAY

Towering presence Gielgud dies at 96
By Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/life/enter/movies/movie461.htm


LA TIMES

Incomparable Voice of John Gielgud
An Appreciation: The range and longevity of the Shakespearean actor's
vocal
instrument are unmatched.
By CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Special To The Times

http://www.calendarlive.com/celebs/obit_gielgudapp.htm
 

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