"The Coral Browne Story:
Theatrical Life and Times of a Lustrous Australian"
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A naughty lady but you'll love her ...

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ISBN 978 0 646 47322 2

Published 2007 by
Dr Barb Angell,
Bundanoon, NSW 2578

(Company dissolved August 2011)

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Peter Craven "Sixty of the Best", The Monthly, December-2007-January 2008 edition

Can also be bought in the following bookshops:
London, U.K.
Dress Circle Books, 57-59 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9DG   Telephone (+44) (0)207 240 2227
Bookshop, National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX (+44) (0)20 7452 3456
Dymocks (on order, quote the ISBN)
Angus & Robertson (on order, quote the ISBN)
The Arts Centre, St Kilda Road, Melbourne (Theatre complex)
Julian Wood Bookseller, 1/69 Station Street, Ferntree Gully
Readings Hawthorn,  701 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon Street, carlton, Vic. 3053
The Bookshop, Darlinghurst, 207 Oxford Street, Sydney
Northbridge Book Shop, 17C Northbridge Plaza
Shearer's, 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt
Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe.
Written Dimension  Bookshop, Shop 2, Cinema Centre, Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads.
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Imprints Booksellers, 107 Hindley Street, Adelaide.

Jill Perryman (Australian entertainer) - "I loved the book !! ... Your writing made me feel you knew her personally." (July 20, 2007)
Gareth Hagger-Johnson (Edinburgh, Scotland) - "...
what a character she was. I'll be recommending to several friends." (July 20, 2007).
Rita Pettigrew (Dublin, Ireland) - "It was just fantastic - a great read from start to finish, a book which I
would not hesitate to recommend." (July 20, 2007)
Dianne Dempsey (The Age, Melbourne) - "Hats off to Angell for beckoning Miss Coral Browne, once more, to the limelight." (June 30, 2007)
Peter Rose (Sydney Morning Herald) - "...rich in detail, exhaustive in its coverage and supported by anedcodes from dozens of actors who knew and (mostly) adored the spirited Australian." (23-24 June, 2007)
Frith Banbury (Broadway and West End director) - "It was wonderful to live with Coral again, and there were several incidents and Coral-ish comments that were new to me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it." (19 June 2007)
Gavin Millar (Film and TV director) - "It's not just a good laugh but it's so touching too..." (June 12, 2007)
Tom Lee (actor-writer) - "I read it at one sitting... an entertaining and intriguing subject - one that many people thought they knew, but they'll get an eye-opener..." (8 June 2007)
Frank Van Straten (Theatre historian-broadcaster) - "What a lovely baby!" (22 May, 2007)

Coral Browne was Australian and incredibly mega-famous, though few Australians have heard of her. Australia had a habit of writing-off anyone with the cheek to leave Australia and actually make good abroad - especially if they remained abroad. Coral was one of those and the media here stopped reporting much about her from around 1940 - which happened to coincide with some of her greatest triumphs at the Savoy Theatre including My Sister Eileen. Travel was not as easy then as now, so she couldn’t do a Cate Blanchett or a Kylie Minogue and commute between jobs. Nor could she do a Russell Crowe or a Judy Davis and get herself hired while still living in Australia. It simply didn’t happen then. So Coral Browne left Australia in 1934 at age 20, having already made a big name here with Gregan McMahon's Playhouse and with JC Williamson, and went to London with a return boat ticket, to try her luck. She re-visited Oz only twice: in 1948 to attend her grandmother’s wedding - yes, wedding - and in 1980 as the wife of Vincent Price - yes, that Vincent Price.

I started researching Coral’s papers in 1997 and would have released this book much sooner except that I got commissioned to write another biography and someone was kind enough to pay me to do that research. Payment in advance tends to get my attention, so Coral was put on hold. Anyway I went back to her after my first biography A Woman’s War went into its second edition (plug, plug) and resumed our loving relationship in 2003. The child of our union is this superb book "The Coral Browne Story" and you now know where the title comes from.

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