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Ellen Terry

From: United Kingdom
Fields: Stage and Screen
Actress Ellen Terry was born in 1848 in Coventry, U.K. Born to a family of actors, she started acting at an early age. When she was eight, she appeared in The Winter's Tale at the Prince's Theatre in London. In 1864, she was briefly married to the painter George Frederic Watts. Between 1868 and 1874, she had two children, Edith and Edward Gordon Craig, with her lover, architect Edward William Godwin. During that time she also became established as the leading Shakespearian actress in London. James Barrie and George Bernard Shaw wrote parts especially for her.

In 1903, she became involved in theatre management and hired her son to produce Vikings by Ibsen. In 1876, she married Charles Kelly (Wardell) and, in 1907, married the American actor, James Carew. In 1925, she was created Dame of the British Empire.

Contributed by Danuta Bois, 1997.

Larousse Dictionary of Women, edited by Melanie Parry, Larousse, 1996


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