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Living the Part by  Bronwyn Drainie - Hardcover - from Fully Booked and

Living the Part

by Drainie, Bronwyn

Condition: Very Good/Very Good

Toronto: Macmillan of Canada A Division of Canada Publishing Corporation BOOK: Spine, Boards Bumped; Light Shelf Rub to Boards; Edges Lightly Soiled; Slight Yellowing Due to Age. DUST JACKET: Lightly Creased; Lightly Chipped; In Archival Quality Jacket Cover. SUB-TITLE: John Drainie and the Dilemma of Canadian Stardom. COVER PHOTOGRAPH: CBC. BACK COVER PHOTOGRAPH: Page Tiles. DEISGN: Marc Mireault. CONTENTS: Preface; 1 Legends 2 Early Days 3 Vancouver Radio 4 Toronto Radio 5 On Stage in Toronto 6 The Arrival of Television 7 Staying and Going 8 Later Years 9 Finale; Bibliography; Index. SYNOPSIS: Orson Welles called John Drainie "the greatest radio actor in the world." To a generation of Canadians, he was Jake in "Jake and the Kid," and Stephen Leacock, and Matthew Cuthbert, and even Senator Joseph McCarthy. He was also the host of the much-loved program, "Stories with John Drainie," which aired the work of hundreds of Canadian writers in the sixties. Today, he is honoured in the John Drainie Award for Distinguished Contribution to Broadcasting, given out each year at the Geminis. Who was "the man of a thousand voices"? H was a passionate, irascible, self-educated, sociable, hard-drinking, demanding, colourful perfectionist. He had six children, an unusual marriage, an enormous circle of friends, and more talent than could be readily accommodated by Canadian radio and television drama in the forties, fifties, and sixties. He died in 1966, during the filming of a documentary on his life and work. Many of the barriers and obstacles that John Drainie encountered at the CBC and in Canadian theatre remain, according to his eldest daughter, Bronwyn Drainie, an award-winning broadcaster and arts journalist. After interviewing dozens of her father's colleagues and friends, as well as younger performers, she found that Canada is still a difficult environment for those of extraordinary gifts. Too many talented actors choose to leave the country, rather than struggle against the "who-do-you-think-you-are?" mentality that continues to permeate this country's approach to our most gifted artists. John Drainie stayed, and in making that decision he left an indelible mark on acting and audiences in Canada. Bronwyn Drainie was born in Toronto, the eldest of John Drainie's six children. She studied in Toronto and in Spain, obtaining her M.A. in English literature from the University of Toronto. She began her broadcasting career in 1969 in Ottawa, followed by work in Toronto, a year of study and writing in Greece, and radio work in London at the BBC. She hosted and produced documentaries for CBC's "Sunday Morning" from 1976 to 1981, along with her husband, Patrick Martin. She now works as a freelance arts journalist and book reviewer. She won the 1980 ACTRA award for Best Host Interviewer on radio, and a gold medal in the 1987 National Magazine Awards.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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