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Charles Hawtrey 1914-1988 By Roger Lewis

Charles Hawtrey 1914-1988
by Roger Lewis

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This biography examines Hawtrey's origins as a child star and as a performer in revue and the Will Hay films. it looks at his career on radio and television, and then at the sad, slow decline of a belligerent, alcoholic recluse on the Kent coast.
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Charles Hawtrey 1914-1988: The Man Who Was Private Widdle by Roger Lewis

Charles Hawtrey, the skinny one with the granny glasses, was everybody's favourite in the Carry On films. But who exactly was he? Up to now he has remained a mystery. In this wonderful little book Roger Lewis examines Hawtrey's origins as a child star and as a performer in revue and the Will Hay films. Looking at his career on radio and television, and then at the sad, slow decline of a belligerent, alcoholic recluse on the Kent coast, Hawtrey's story is underpinned by an acute melancholy which is at the same time hysterically funny. This is a book that opens up like a Chinese box to address the nature of fame, loss, sexual confusion, Drambuie, betrayal, marine bandsmen and fine cambric knickers. Its moral would seem to be that you don't necessarily turn out as the person you thought you'd become.

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About Roger Lewis


Roger Lewis is the author of The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and The Real Life of Laurence Olivier - a passionate and monumental celebration of a genius' (Arthur Miller, Sunday Times). Faber will publish Roger Lewis's biography of Anthony Burgess.

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GOR001043953
Charles Hawtrey 1914-1988: The Man Who Was Private Widdle by Roger Lewis
Roger Lewis
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Faber & Faber
2001-11-19
126
0571210643
9780571210640
N/A
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