Wednesday, 18 July 2018

432) Ellen Terry

Dame Ellen Terry (1847 – 1928). English actress, who became the leading Shakespearean actress in Britain.
In 1878 she joined Henry Irving's company as his leading lady, and for more than the next two decades she was considered the leading Shakespearean and comic actress in Britain. Two of her most famous roles were Portia in The Merchant of Venice and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. She and Irving also toured with great success in America and Britain.
She  also appeared in films from 1916 to 1922.
Sister of Fred Terry.

- "Renowned for her voice and striking looks, and blessed with her stunning red hair, Ellen went on to become Henry Irving’s leading lady, being greatly admired for her sensitive portrayals of Shakespearian heroines."…/gown-made-of-beetle-w…

- "The dress, transforming the beautiful red-haired actor into a cross between a jewelled serpent and a medieval knight, was the talk of the town after the first night.…/ellen-terry-beetlewing-gown-m…

Choosing: painting by Terry's first husband, George Frederic Watts, c. 1864

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