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  • The Nine Lives of Patience Collier
  • By: Vanessa Morton
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
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The Performer's Tale

By: Vanessa Morton
Narrated by: Julia Franklin
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Summary

Though Patience Collier's name has faded from public consciousness since her death in 1987, it still conjures cool memories of iconic television and film from the 1970s and 1980s - Sapphire and Steel, Who Pays the Ferryman, Fiddler on the Roof and The French Lieutenant's Woman. Fearsome, eccentric and unpredictable, Patience Collier was an actress whose perfectionism shone through in her every performance, and who worked alongside many of the most celebrated actors and directors of her time.

Drawing on material from Collier's extensive archive of diaries and letters as well as interviews with many of those who worked with her (including Joanna Lumley, Zoë Wanamaker and Timothy West), The Performer's Tale paints an involving portrait of a gifted and eccentric woman weaving her way through the 20th century, mixing with artists, leftists and numerous figures from world of entertainment. But Vanessa Morton also offers a panoramic overview of theatre, film, TV and radio in Britain over half a century. Part social history, part cultural history, The Performer's Tale is a richly entertaining account of an actor's life and times.

©2021 Vanessa Morton (P)2021 Head of Zeus

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A remarkable woman

An amazing tale of a remarkable actress whose career spanned many decades. Always interesting. Told brilliantly by Vanessa Morton and read beautifully and with gusto by Julia Franklin.