Dirk Bogarde: The authorised biography Kindle Edition
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By the way, notice Dirk Bogarde's annoyed expression on the cover (my paperback has a different picture)? That just about depicts the actor's personality and attitude in a nutshell. So, while this book is well written and fairly exhaustive with details of Dirk's life, Dirk Bogarde, the man, comes off as a not very likable character. This was a surprise. I came to the book being attracted and wanting to like him. For the record, Bogarde couldn't stand Jews, Americans, Hollywood, his fans, and I could go on and on. Even hated being an actor! If I may play Dr. Freud for a second, I'd wager that self hatred was probably at the core of all the negativity. In fact, Dirke Bogarde remained a closeted homosexual until his dying day, even though he was partnered with Tony Forwood for many many years.
EDIT: Realized this review is a little too negative toward Bogarde's character. In his defense, he was a man who preferred to live simply and, when he wasn't filming, puttering away cooking and gardening at his unpretentious home in the south of France. Dirk did have a cutting sense of humor and, in fact, referred to his fellow actor and friend Glenda Jackson, as "T*ts Jackson." Bogarde was a man with many friends, as evidenced in his collection of letters, "Ever, Dirk," and that's speaks to the man's enduring appeal.
That said, the author John Coldstream has written an objective and respectful biography that has a nice flow and remains interesting throughout, considering its length.
John Coldstream paints a vivid portrait of Dirk Bogarde, the man and the actor, as well as giving a lot of career details. The book makes for a fascinating and very detailed read.