Peter O'Toole began his career running errands for his bookmaker father in Leeds, but burst to international fame in the Oscar-winning film Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. Since then, he has combined great performances with a reputation for wild living. His fellow actors speak highly of his generosity and charm, but others have seen a darker side brought on by his legendary drinking and famous sexual exploits. O'Toole stands comparison with the likes of Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Anthony Hopkins, and the stories of him revealed throughout this fascinating and vibrant book are bound to be enjoyed by anyone interested in the world of theatre and cinema. Published after O'Toole's 75th birthday just as his latest film, Stardust, hits the screens, this in-depth portrait will unveil one of the most intriguing public figures of our times.
Carolyn Soutar was the stage manager for Peter O'Toole on three productions in the 1980s and has worked in most sections of the entertainments industry. She lectures at Birkbeck College and Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Her last book was a biography of Dave Allen, for whom she was tour manager.