The Price of Fame

The Biography of Dennis Price

Elaine Parker, Gareth Owen

The first detailed and in-depth researched biography of the acclaimed British actor Dennis Price, charting his rise to fame, his most famous roles, his battle with depression, alcohol and the tax man ... and how he outshone everything and everyone around him.
Date Published :
May 2018
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
100 black-and-white photographs
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ISBN : 9781781556894
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
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Charming, erudite and the very personification of the English gentleman, Dennis Price was without doubt one of the most promising and talented newcomers to the world of theater 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 such as 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 while his career was blossoming, Price’s 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 he 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.

The Price of Fame: The Biography of Dennis Price is a beautifully researched work with many unpublished interviews and photographs on what should have been the country’s finest actor.

About The Author

Elaine Parker is a lifelong 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.

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