Born Brilliant: The Life of Kenneth Williams (2020)

Born Brilliant: The Life of Kenneth Williams Christopher Stevens Born Brilliant The Life of Kenneth Williams Kenneth Williams was the stand out comic actor of his generation This book includes much previously unseen material from Williams s candid daily journal and also draws on rare in depth interviews with
  • Title: Born Brilliant: The Life of Kenneth Williams
  • Author: Christopher Stevens
  • ISBN: 9781848541955
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Hardcover
Born Brilliant: The Life of Kenneth Williams Christopher Stevens Kenneth Williams was the stand out comic actor of his generation This book includes much previously unseen material from Williams s candid daily journal and also draws on rare in depth interviews with friends and colleagues.
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  1. F.R.

    I found The Kenneth Williams Diaries almost impossible to read The volume edited down from millions of words by Russell Davies no, not the Doctor Who one contains strong writing, witty and scurrilous anecdotes and really does decant the Williams personality However, throughout the whole is a sense of such intense self loathing, of desperate misery just a scratch below the surface, that it s almost impossible to look forward to reading it No matter how strong you imagine your mental well being to [...]

  2. Barry Hammond

    Not only a brilliant comedian, Kenneth Williams was a versatile actor in the theatre before becoming a national treasure in the Carry On films Despite having little or no training apart from years of repertory theatre and revues, he was also well versed in radio voice work and television His admirers included Richard Burton, and Orson Welles though he notoriously was passed over in auditions for The Old Vic Always uneasy in the company of educated people he was none the less erudite and extraord [...]

  3. Elwycke

    I adored The Diaries and The Letters and Acid Drops, Back Drops and to a much lesser extent Just Williams.So a biography on the great man was unmissable.And it is If you love Mr Williams as much Mr.Stevens and I, then you ll devour this as quickly as i did In about 3 sittings.

  4. Terry

    A fascinating read about a fascinating, troubled and very funny man If you think of Kenneth William as only in the The Carry On Films, then read this book to find out that he was much than Oh Matron and Stop Messin About.

  5. Ant Koplowitz

    Born Brilliant is the 2010 authorised biography of that fantastic comedy performer Kenneth Williams Christopher Stevens has produced a thoroughly readable and balanced account of Williams s life and career, having had open access to his subject s numerous journals and other private papers This book goes some way to challenging the previously over simplistic image of the laughing outside crying inside comic, which was never the whole story Kenneth Williams had a highly complex personality, much o [...]

  6. Bettie☯

    Christopher Stevens adept 3 Kenneth Williams born git 1 room 101BBC blurb Kenneth Williams was the stand out comic actor of his generation Beloved as the manic star of Carry On films and as a peerless raconteur on TV chat shows and radio comedies, he was also acclaimed for serious stage roles But he was a complicated character which often showed in his erratic behaviour he could be affectionate one minute then spiteful the next, ever the extrovert in public he would return to his tiny sparsely d [...]

  7. russell barnes

    I suppose the trick to writing a good biography is to leave the reader with new appreciation of the subject, whilst not making the whole process a didactic procession of dates Extra points can be added for providing insights from new sources and deducted for embroidering the facts with their own interpretations of events, a sin which is usually accompanied by a quote in the tone of voice of the subject, along with numerous exclamation marks Stevens does all this and in a quite revealing study o [...]

  8. Julian

    Having previously read the edited diaries, it was fascinating to see filled in the facts that the diaries left assumed e.g what it was that Fenella Fielding did that so offended Williams But the most fascinating aspect of the book has to be the insight it gives into Williams psychology So we see the portrait of an amazingly gifted actor who was subject to bouts of often totally irrational behaviour that did damage to him eventually destroying his stage career and others at one point he managed t [...]

  9. Ipswichblade

    Its very rare I give any book five stars but this latest biography of Kenneth Williams is so good that it would be unfair to give it any less This an authorised biography of williams who will be best known for the Carry On films he also was a regular on Just a Minute on Radio 4 and did many stories for children on Jackanory To say he was a complex man would be an a massive under statement He was effected by his sexuality to the extent that he could never form proper relationships with either men [...]

  10. Brian Kavanagh

    I ve read quite a lot about actor Kenneth Williams life but this biography by Christopher Stevens is the most comprehensive of them all But even with all the research and details the author has unveiled or discovered, the character of Williams still remains an enigma No fault of the author Williams is almost impossible to pin down and the result is a study in human behaviour, doubts, insecurities, ego and love whether fulfilled or unobtainable There is much humour how could there not be with Wil [...]

  11. Kevin

    A very intense few days reading this Kenneth Williams biography I was inspired to read it as I was visiting Gay s The Word in Bloomsbury and noticed across the road from the bookshop there was a blue plaque on a hairdressers indicating that Kenneth Williams had lived at the address I really wanted to find out about Kenneth Williams and this book really did give me an insight into the man To be honest I am unsure whether I liked the Kenneth once I had finished the book The author has not just si [...]

  12. Kathryn

    Interesting rounded description of his life Many of his friends and colleagues were interviewed, so it gives a much complete picture of Mr Williams than his diaries or autobiography, as you don t know a person just through listening to them, but also through the experiences of those around them Some interesting photographs too.

  13. Graham James

    Interesting insight into a bloke I enjoyed watching and listening to But could be completely mean and irrational to those closest to him, a side I never realised existed Enjoyable read for any Carry On fan.

  14. Johanne

    This was well written and interesting for its ancedotes and glimpses of a different era Kenneth Williams was obviously intlligent but tortured and doesn t come across well at all.

  15. Carey Combe

    Against my better judgement I have got into his, actually, rather boring life Nothing of real interest here at all.

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