Public Places

My Life in the Theater, with Peter O'Toole and Beyond

Siân Phillips

Faber and Faber, Inc.

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“Magnificent” (The Sunday Times)—a fascinating portrait of one of the great love affairs of show business and a compelling account of a woman coming into her own

Siân Phillips and Peter O’Toole were one of the theater’s most fabulous couples—a marriage perhaps rivaled only by that of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in terms of glamour, power, and public fascination. In her exceptional memoir, Phillips reveals in thoughtful detail their tumultuous life together. She describes the mad and impulsive times with the infamous hellraiser alongside the tempestuous, insecure, and often lonely periods in their marriage. When O’Toole’s career took off with Lawrence of Arabia, Siân found life increasingly difficult in her parallel roles as wife, mother, and actress, and watched as her own career became progressively sidelined. Against all expectations, though, their union endured for twenty years. When it ended, incredibly, even to herself, Siân plunged straight into another marriage, to a much younger man. Ultimately she emerges alone—triumphant and unrepentant—and the story she recounts here ranks alongside the very best in show business.

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Public Places
Chapter OneMarch 1975Naples Airport and I'm frightened. Coming after the black winter months in London and the weeks of filming on the icy Suffolk coast, the March light of Italy is blinding me. And the noise is confusing me. London and its airport must have been busy but I feel that we have emerged from near silence into this aggressive, lighthearted tumult. Years of disciplined dieting have left me stick-thin and as I shuffle the travel papers and passports and begin to worry about the baggage, I am aware that there's nothing much in the way of protection between my frame and

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"Much, much more than a celebrity memoir, [Public Places] unfolds like a cross between Wuthering Heights and The Female Eunuch."
--Jennifer O’Connell, The Sunday Business Post

"On stage, on screen, in life, and on the page--Siân Phillips commutes from 'down to earth' to utterly fascinating heights with the ease of a diva."
--Milos Forman

"An actress who writes is as astonishing as a writer who acts--but Siân Phillips does both, eloquently, with power, wit, and style. Public Places is a revelation--candid, historic, and
entertaining--and every bit as literate, elegant, and luminous as the woman herself. I wouldn't change a comma, or alter an exclamation point. The writer and the actress are works of perfection!"
--Rex Reed

"A wonderful read--intimate, funny, adventures abound."
--Olympia Dukakis

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Siân Phillips

Siân Phillips is an acclaimed theater, film, and television actress. She is currently starring on Broadway in Israel Horowitz’s My Old Lady.

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Public Places
My Life in the Theater, with Peter O'Toole and Beyond
Siân Phillips

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Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
May 2004
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ISBN: 9781429931861
ISBN10: 1429931868
456 pages, Includes 16 pages of Black-and-White Photographs, a Chronology, and an Index
$7.99
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