They were strangers and opposites and never met, and yet they enjoyed a passionate and unusual friendship.In 1967 Dirk Bogarde, then at the height of his fame, received a letter from America from a complete stranger who had once lived in his house. Intrigued, he wrote back to her and thus began a flood of correspondence that ended with her death in 1972.Selected from Dirk Bogarde's letters, A Particular Friendshipreveals the unexpected side of a great actor and film star: a man deeply committed to his home, witty, stringent, observant, sometimes depressed by the state of Britain or of his work but always razor-sharp with his pen. Sprinkled with reminiscences, gossip and cameo portraits of the famous, the letters are a tribute to the relationship between two exceptional people.
Sir Dirk Bogarde was an English actor and novelist. Initially a matinee idol, Bogarde later acted in art-house films such as Death In Venice. As well as completing six novels, Bogarde wrote several volumes of autobiography.
Between 1947 and 1991, Bogarde made more than sixty films. For over two decades he lived in Italy and France, where he began to write seriously.
In 1985 he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of St Andrews and in 1990 was promoted to Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.