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Frommer's Sweden (Frommer's Complete Guides)

Frommer's Sweden (Frommer's Complete Guides)

Frommer's Sweden captures all the highlights of this beautiful nation--everything from sophisticated cities and medieval towns to summer solstice festivals and Swedish glass factories.
Tips on how to enjoy the best museums, shopping, and nightlife, as well our authors' favorite offbeat experiences, such as exploring the Orsa "Outback" by horse and carriage or kayaking the Stockholm Archipelago.
Detailed and candid hotel and restaurant reviews, plus what attractions are worth your time--and money.

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Michael Rennie

Michael Rennie

British postcard. Photo: Gainsborough.

English film, television, and stage actor Michael Rennie (1909-1971) was best known for his starring role as the space visitor Klaatu in the science fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).

Eric Alexander Rennie was born in Idle, now a Bradford suburb, in 1909 as the son of James Rennie, who operated a century-old wool mill, and Edith Dobby Rennie. His great-great grandfather, named John Rennie, designed and built New London Bridge. Eric was educated at The Leys, a private school in the city of Cambridge. He worked as car salesman and manager of his uncle's rope factory, before he turned to acting. In 1935 he adopted the professional name Michael Rennie. “Handsome but hollow”, according to Hal Erickson (All Movie Guide), Rennie gained experience in acting technique while touring the provinces in British repertory. At the age of 28, he was noticed by Gaumont British, which arranged a screen test. He first appeared onscreen as the stand-in for Robert Young in Secret Agent (1936, Alfred Hitchcock). Between 1936 and 1940 he appeared in minor unbilled roles in ten additional films. Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, the 1.93 m tall Rennie began to receive offers for larger film roles, starting with his first (small) billed performance in the wartime morale booster The Big Blockade (1940, Charles Frend) starring Michael Redgrave. Six films later, however, Michael Rennie also had his first film lead. The suspense drama Tower of Terror (1941, Lawrence Huntington), released shortly after Pearl Harbor, was styled in the manner of a horror film and starred Wilfrid Lawson as a mad Dutch lighthouse keeper in Nazi-occupied Netherlands, while second-billed Rennie and third-billed Movita had the romantic leads. His career was interrupted by war service. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1941, and would become a flight instructor for over two years. With the Second World War's end in May 1945, Rennie began to be seen as a potential star as a result of his roles in two vehicles for Britain's most popular star of the era, Margaret Lockwood: the musical I'll Be Your Sweetheart (1945, Val Guest) and, most prominently, the sensual costume adventure The Wicked Lady (1945, Leslie Arliss). The latter turned out to be the year's biggest box office hit, subsequently being listed ninth on a list of top ten highest-grossing British films. He also had a single prominent scene as a commander of Roman centurions in Caesar and Cleopatra (1946, Gabriel Pascal), starring Vivien Leigh and Claude Rains. Second leads and then leads in seven other British films produced between 1946 and 1949 followed.

Michael Rennie, along with Jean Simmons and James Mason, was one of a number of British actors offered Hollywood contracts in 1949–50 by 20th Century-Fox's studio head, Darryl F. Zanuck. The first film under his new contract was the British-filmed Medieval period adventure The Black Rose (1950, Henry Hathaway), starring Tyrone Power. Rennie's second Fox film, the Film-Noir The 13th Letter (1951, Otto Preminger) was a remake of the French film Le Corbeau/The Raven (1943, Henri-Georges Clouzot). His next film gave him first billing and assured him screen immortality. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951, Robert Wise) was the first post war ‘A’ science-fiction film. According to Wikipedia it is “A serious, high-minded exploration of humanity's place in the universe and our responsibility to maintain peaceful coexistence, it has remained the gold standard for the genre of the era.” Convinced that it had a potential leading man under contract, the studio decided to produce a version of Les Miserables (1952, Lewis Milestone) as a vehicle for him. Rennie's performance was respectfully, but not enthusiastically, received by the critics. Ultimately, Les Miserables turned in an extremely modest profit and put an end to any further attempts to promote the 43-year-old Rennie as a future star. He was, however, launched on a thriving career as a top supporting actor. He co-starred with Jean Simmons in the 20th Century-Fox epic The Robe (1953, Henry Koster) and also appeared in its sequel, Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954, Delmer Daves). Rennie was billed fourth and third, respectively, playing the Apostle Peter, who provides affirmation in the new faith, as Jean and Richard Burton become martyrs for Christianity. The final film that cast Michael Rennie with Jean Simmons was Desiree (1954, Henry Koster) with Marlon Brando as Napoleon. As French marshal Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, who becomes King Charles XIV John of Sweden, Rennie marries Jean's Desiree, but her true love always remains with Napoleon. His career began to decline, film opportunities were less appealing and gradually he slipped away from cinema screens. Among his fil;m roles were The Rains of Ranchipur (1955, Jean Negulesco) with Lana Turner, and The Lost World (1960, Irwin Allen), the

Palace Theatre Programme Cover, "King's Rhapsody"

Palace Theatre Programme Cover,

King's Rhapsody (Musical Romance)

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Ivor Novello

Ivor was born January 14th 1893 to accountant David Davies and Welsh singer Madame Novello Davies. The child was named David Ivor after his father, though was known as Ivor from an early age.

When Ivor was five months old his mother was to travel to America for the World’s Fair to represent Wales with her Ladies Choir. Her group won first prize and much acclaim in America, soon finding much demand for them to tour. She was then asked to give a command performance for the Queen, which further enhanced her reputation. Ivor grew up in an environment filled with music and many celebrities associated in the field such as the great singer Clara Butt.

The first time Ivor sang in public was when his mother prompted him unwillingly forward before a host of friends at a party before another tour of America.

His mother became widely recognised as an accomplished teacher and travelled to London to instruct classes on a regular basis. On one particular trip Ivor accompanied her and saw his first West End play entitled “English Nell”. He was inspired by this new entertainment and he was further inspired to complete his studies and start his own puppet theatre to entertain friends.

In 1903 Ivor went to the National Eisteddfod at Aberystwyth, a competition for Welsh Opera. His mother entered him under the name Ivor Cardiff so as not to risk prejudice in the judging procedure. The ten-year-old boy won first prize. His identity revealed, Madame Clara was once again congratulated upon producing another successful student. Ivor was never short of company as he was constantly surrounded by all manner of people from the art world as well as having an adopted sister, whom his mother called Marie Novello.

Ivor was schooled at a private academy in Cardiff, where he made his first appearance, in the pantomime “Aladdin”. Interested in all things musical, Ivor obtained his first gramophone at the age of twelve and along with his piano, it became a favourite as he listened to the great singers of the day.

He then left for Gloucester where he studied for a period under one of his mother’s friends Mrs Arthur Sly. At this point Ivor was enamoured with a girl named Dorothy Jones, who lived at Longford House, Gloucester. The house had a private theatre attached and it was here that Ivor played his first real acting part as Sir Peter Teazle in Sheridan’s “The School for Scandal”. The experience was so enjoyable that Ivor decided there and then that one day he would become an actor.

Initially it was Ivor’s voice which sent him to Magdalen College on a Scholarship in 1903. Ivor sang solo in the choir there for five years. At the age of 16 and a half his voice broke and a career in singing was left behind with his childhood.

Ivor had been busy composing and after many attempts Arthur Boosey, a London music producer, accepted a song entitled “Spring of the Year”, a waltz. The piece, published under the name Ivor Novello, was not a great success but convinced Ivor that it was a path he wished to pursue. With much practise, Ivor improved and further pieces became well recognised, such as “Little Damozel”. Upon leaving school he went to live at his mother’s London home.

As he matured, Ivor became strikingly handsome with his dark hair, brown eyes complimented by a pale complexion. At one time he was described as “the handsomest man in Britain”.

The thought of acting had never left his mind and Ivor yearned to take to the stage, spending his money on attending as many shows as possible at Daly's and the Gaiety Theatre. This was in spite of his mother who was firmly opposed to the idea and only wished him progress further with composing.

Ivor produced his first musical comedy called “The Fickle Jade”, which was not very successful, but he was able to meet many other young composers and gain valuable experience. In 1910 Ivor heard his first piece of music

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