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Goddess of the Green Room [Paperback]

Jean Plaidy
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Feb. 9 1979
This is the story of the talented actress and comic genius of Dorothy Jordan, one of the goddesses of the Drury Lane Theatre Green Room, and how she attracted the attention of William, Duke of Clarence, the third son of King George III.

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5.0 out of 5 stars History at its Best- A Fabulous Read.. Oct. 20 2009
Format:Paperback
Let me just start by saying that I've moved this book way up my list of favourite Plaidys. In fact, right now it stands as number 1.
Goddess of The Green Room is about the life of the famous 18th century actress, Dorothy Jordan and her eventual long-lasting relationship to George III's third son, William.

As a very young girl, born and raised in Ireland, Dorothy started out her acting career in order to help support her family. Her father had left the family, and her mother, who was once a well-known actress, could no longer provide for them due to illness. Their only choice for survival was for Dorothy to find work and bring home the bread.

Fortunately, Dorothy had an amazing talent for comedy. She was blessed with a tiny and very swift body, which initially helped her attain roles which were written mainly for boys. Dorothy dressed up in 'breeches' or types of tights for these particular roles and this proved to be deliciously comical and enticing to watch. The audiences loved her and propelled her to the status of, much- in- demand- and adored celebrity.

However, Dorothy did not attain this high status easily. She worked incredibly hard and had to endure abuse, rejection, failed loves, a failed marriage, being the sole provider for numerous children and other family members (including the men in her life)'- and lastly, a royal yet, shaky love relationship that would in the end, vanish.

Although some would say that her role as mistress to William put her in the same category as courtesans or as one who claimed several lovers; In reality, Dorothy was a one-man woman throughout. She was loyal to love and never made any demands- nor was she ever a 'kept' woman. In terms of her relationship with William, Dorothy really made him wait.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SO NEAR AND YET SO FAR... Dec 11 2002
By Lawyeraau - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the tenth book in the Georgian saga series of books by Jean Plaidy, also known to her legion of fans as Victoria Holt. This is an entertaining work of historical fiction replete with many period details. Well written, it is a look into the life of stage actress, musical star, and comedienne Dorothy Jordan. A shining star of Richard Sheridan's Drury Lane Theatre, Ms. Jordan was to capture the hearts of theatre lovers, as well as the heart of the third son of King George III, William, the seafaring Duke of Clarence.
From poverty in Ireland to fame and notoriety in London, England, the multi-talented Dorothy Jordan would have many admirers. A one man woman, however, she was devoted to hearth and family. Her intimate relationship with the Duke of Clarence would span twenty years and ten children. They would live in connubial bliss as a family, though he could not, for reasons of state, marry her, being third in the line of succession to the throne of England. With William, Ms. Jordan was to know great joy and great sorrow.
William's penchant for living beyond his means, however, ensured that Ms. Jordan would continue working in the footlights of the theatre, as her income was a necessity to maintain their high standard of living. This would prove to be a sore point between them, as Dorothy wanted nothing more than to leave the paintpots of the theatre and live the life of full-time wife and mother. William's profligate spending would ensure that her dream would never come to fruition.
Eventually, William would have a mid-life crisis and their twenty years of family life would come to an abrupt end, as William would ostensibly seek to meet his obligation to the state. Dorothy Jordan, now an ill woman in her fifties, abandoned by her long time lover and husband in all but name, ignored by the very children to whom she had been so devoted, would live the lonely life of an expatriate in France, living out her remaining years virtually alone and friendless.
This is an engaging work of historical fiction, providing many glimspes into the lives of members of the royal family and all their contretemps. It provides a peek into the madness of King George III, the various relationships of George, the Prince of Wales, including that with his long time mistress, Maria Fitzherbert, and that with his much disdained wife, Caroline. All these personages and their lives provide a backdrop for William's and Dorothy's relationship, making for a three dimensional, well told tale that all those who love historical fiction will enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Love Affair that Lasted 20 Years Dec 12 2003
By Brittany - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dorothy Jordan grew up in a poor household in Ireland, but made her way to becoming a famous actress in London. There, she met William IV (before he was king), and started a love affair that would last twenty years with ten children.
As with all of Jean Plaidy's books, I loved this one! It was interesting to learn about the life of an actress in the 1700's (they were considered no better than prostitutes), and especially of William IV. The Georgian Saga is my favorite series of Jean Plaidy's, and it is easy to see why!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart touching May 15 2013
By Van - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a huge fan of Plaidy's works, but this is one of the best. Very few books can have me shedding tears and this was one of them, which had me extremely emotional at the end.
It is so ironic how a man of that princely status could virtually mooch off a woman, and then leave her with a multitude of his children, after a life of devotion that was given to him. Pitiful, but an excellent read!
Plaidy always gives such an indepth insight into the era that she writes about, bringing to life the characters and scenarios. This is done in such an interesting manner that I did not want to put the book down. Strongly recommend.
3.0 out of 5 stars a woman scorned Jan. 5 2014
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This book describes another cast-off royal lover. The behind-the-scenes Regency politics and real-life name-dropping, was more interesting than the royal affair itself.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dorothy Jordan Sept. 13 2013
By Eleanor Hibbert - Published on Amazon.com
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The story of the eighteenth century actress Dorothy Jordan, ancestor of British prime minister David Cameron, this book highlights all of Plaidy/Hibbert etc.'s strengths. She can take her main character from youth to death, covering a huge time span, introducing a whole bunch of secondary characters, changing location frequently, without making it seem forced or unnatural. By the end, you've learned a lot and been entertained at the same time.
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