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Kenneth Williams: Born Brilliant: The Life of Kenneth Williams

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Inevitably, I am finding that it is the books that I really enjoyed which are the ones that I have better memories of. He is one of my favourites from Hancock's Half Hour, Carry Ons and other TV programs however, you really see a different person in these diaries.

BORN BRILLIANT was serialised as a Radio 4 Book of the Week, and shortlisted for a Sherry, the Sheridan Morley Theatre Biography Prize. Also if you are interested in the London theatre world or pop entertainment of that time and period - this is the book for you! Thursday 21st December, 1978 (package holiday in Tenerife with striking hotel workers): Made my own bed.Maybe it's just my inherent noseyness but it was absolutely fascinating to glimpse into the weird world of KW. So it was quite challenging to read accounts of his behaviour in this book that really justified everything I'd ever read till now about him being "difficult". I'm still puzzling over the meaning on page 302 of "exercise his despite" (rereading the diaries I see that despite, in the somewhat archaic sense of malice or hatred, was one of Williams’s favourite words. Then, on October 23, he was found dead in a blitzed building in Budge Row, Cannon Street, City of London, and an inquest found he had been dead for weeks.

Kenneth Williams was an English comic actor and comedian, star of 26 Carry On films, numerous British television shows, and radio comedies with Tony Hancock and Kenneth Horne. A man who almost couldn't come to terms with the fact he was gay and every sexual encounter failed (he remained a virgin throughout his life) and unless he liked you, you were scathed in his book, at times it felt tedious to read all these negative comments. Still, there’s a certain sadness that such a celebrated figure could feel so devastatingly alone, especially at the end of his life, when ill health, a dying mother and a severely reduced workload placed a strain on him.our thanks to David Platz who produced it, his legal advisers who tried to prevent it and The Conglomerated Concrete Co. He was a guest on This Morning on Thursday 31 July 2008, talking about Dad's Army with fellow cast members Ian Lavender and Bill Pertwee. And I bet Russell Davies got a kick out of editing together all the ire and fury he seemed to evoke in KW merely by breathing! Nevertheless it is a fascinating read on what its like to be a British entertainer in the 50's through out the 80'.

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