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Tennessee Williams and Company: His Essential Screen Actors

Published in November of 2010, this book focuses on 11 actors who appear in more than one Williams movie, forming an unofficial stock company of actors. This is a critical look at these actors and their roles, bonded by their sustained artistic and professional association with Williams, specifically the success, and sometimes failure, of their interpretations of his characters for the screen. The results include some of the more remarkable performances in movie history, from Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE to Anna Magnani in THE ROSE TATTOO and Geraldine Page in SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH. The book takes you through the entire careers of these eleven indelible stars, not just Brando, Leigh, Magnani, and Page, but also Karl Malden, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Joanne Woodward, Richard Burton, Mildred Dunnock, and Madeleine Sherwood.


"DiLeo does what a great critic does: he gives you back what you've experienced in a deeper way and enlarges your experience of it."
--Dan Callahan (SLANT Magazine)

"Film buffs beware--you don't want to be without this book."
--CENTRAL VOICE (Harrisburg, PA)

"Just as I will continue to revisit the films of Tennessee Williams, I will continue to dip into this book for deeper understanding of the performances that give them life."
--Elizabeth McCullough
(The Internet Review of Books)

"...it's a movie maven's dream...intelligent, exhaustive...if you want the dish on a Williams movie, it's all here."
--Andrew Holleran
(The Gay and Lesbian Review)