Mark Logue on The King's Speech

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mark Logue, grandson of speech therapist Lionel Logue, talks about Lionel’s friendship with George VI. His book The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy, written with Peter Conradi, tells the story of how George VI—father of today's Queen Elizabeth II—ascended to the throne when his brother abdicated to marry an American. Painfully shy and cursed with a stammer, he seeks help from Logue, who is not only a commoner, but is also Australian.


Mark Logue

Comments [5]

Carole from Tampa, Florida

On the question of how the King wrote to Logue ... Near the end of his life, the King sent a letter to his speech therapist. It was dated December 16, 1951 and addressed to "My Dear Logue." The King signed the letter, using his own name - "Albert." The letter is part of the Logue family archives. See this link.

Feb. 26 2011 08:41 AM
Dorothy Prideaux from New York City

We would have liked to know more about the diaries of Lionel Logue. Are segments of those diaries included in the book? To say that the lietters were friendly does not say much. I thought the program would deal more with the authenticity of the film's portrayal of the relationship betweenn the King and Logue. It seems the basis of the relationship between the King and Logue was not as the film portrayed. Logue did not address the King by his first name in letters. The use of the Duke's first name was a major point in the flim in establishing the relationship between Logue and the Duke (later to be King.) Accordingly, the program was disappointing.

Feb. 24 2011 03:00 PM
Elena from LIC

I don't think this guest has much to share on the subject. He seems to have parlayed his family connection into a ghost-written book, to capitalize on the popularity of the film.

He didn't speak with any confidence when questioned on the subject of his book.

Feb. 24 2011 12:36 PM

Leonard are you sure your not talking to Dudley Moore?

Feb. 24 2011 12:23 PM
Parlan from UWS

I wonder how Lionel Logue addressed the king in their letters -- as 'Bertie'? And how did the king sign his letters? Could Leonard please ask? Thanks.

Feb. 24 2011 12:16 PM

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