(35) Donald Wolfit
played Solness for the BBC; Andre Morell for ATV.
's line from "Lawrence of Arabia" can be taken together with Lipton's memo to illustrate what, in my view, has been the underlying theme in corporate governance for at least the last 20 years--though to some extent it has been obscured by a long progression of sideshows and sideshows of sideshows.
In my younger days we used to talk about Gielgud's Hamlet, Olivier's Oedipus and Wolfit
British actor/director Sir Donald Wolfit
(1902-68), perhaps best known for the title role in the 1954 movie Svengali, reportedly made the deathbed proclamation, "Dying is easy.
Playwright Ronald Harwood based this drama on his experiences as dresser to distinguished English Shakespearean actor-manager Sir Donald Wolfit
, whose character is represented by "Sir" in the play.
Paul Scofield on film is impressive but I missed him onstage, Wolfit
as well, and there are the acclaimed Lears of my lifetime.
Modern great performances go back to Donald Wolfit
(1902-68), and run through to the latest Globe Theatre staging with the TV actor David Calder (Heartbeat, A Touch of Frost) in May this year.
She joined Sir Donald Wolfit
's Shakespearean company at London's Strand Theatre for roles in King Lear, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night, followed by West End seasons with three more Peter Pans, Ann Todd, Glynis Johns and Celia Lipton.
DG: Rodney Dangerfield "didn't get no respect." The same could be said about humor writers in the YA field, yet Sir Donald Wolfit
supposedly stated with his last words "Dying is easy, comedy is hard." Why is humor so difficult to write?
In his autobiography, Donald Wolfit
describes playing Richard in 1942: "I had only wanted to add Richard III to my leading roles, and the more I studied him the greater grew his resemblance to Hitler....
The nostalgic seasons of the early years of the century--and Alleyn was then far younger than Mick Jagger is now--set a fashion for retro, and the deliberate retention, perhaps, of an older barnstorming style, like Donald Wolfit
in the 1950s.
Yesterday, the actor's publicist, Annett Wolfit
, confirmed Alice was expecting but would not give further details.