The Price of Fame: The Biography of Dennis Price

Author(s): Elaine Parker and Gareth Owen 

ISBN: 9781781556894
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The first detailed and in-depth researched biography of the acclaimed British actor Dennis Price, charting his rise to fame, his battle with depression, alcohol and the tax man… and how he outshone everything and everyone around him.
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  • The first in-depth, comprehensive and detailed book on the life and films of Dennis Price

  • Features unpublished interviews with over fifty friends and contemporaries

  • Beautifully illustrated with previously unpublished photographs from the family and estate

  • Includes an appendix featuring all of Price’s theatre and film roles

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      The Price of Fame: The Biography of Dennis Price is a beautifully researched work with many unpublished interviews and photographs on what should have been the country’s finest actor.

      BOOK ISBN 9781781556894
      FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
      BINDING Hardback
      PAGES 256 pages
      PUBLICATION DATE 1 May 2018
      TERRITORY World
      ILLUSTRATIONS 100 black-and-white photographs



      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 sixteen books on film, film studios and film personalities, including four autobiography volumes with Sir Roger Moore.