Rupert Everett’s latest TV appearance has reminded me of how I love a good memoir

The actor’s honesty is dialled up even further on the page, and there are plenty more examples out there, writes Janet Street-Porter

Friday 05 March 2021 21:30
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<p>Rupert Everett with some sweaty barmaid (allegedly) at an event in 1999</p>

Rupert Everett with some sweaty barmaid (allegedly) at an event in 1999

I’m glad Rupert Everett knows relatively little about me – because he has the best put-downs about people he’s encountered during his long career. Worse, he never fails to repeat them in print or in interviews.

This jaw-dropping “honesty” has proved a lucrative earner when acting roles started to thin out. This week, Everett’s “observations” (sample – “Colin Firth tongued me when filming St Trinians” – meaning kissed – and “well parked was the biggest compliment in our family”) were delivered to an unusually sycophantic Piers Morgan (ITV’s Life Stories), providing a welcome tonic during these grey and gloomy times.

Having met Rupert many times, on each occasion I’m slightly fearful about what he is mentally filing away – his three volumes of  best-selling memoirs have been revelatory about his self-confessed shortcomings (huge vanity and vast ambition), his sexual explorations and his determination to become a star at all costs.

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