Claire Bloom
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Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom is an English film and stage actress.
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Tim Teeman on the Private Life of Gore Vidal
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I would have happily sat for hours with Gore Vidal, listening to him talk about everything, from the state of American politics to his various sexual encounters. Much has been written about Gore Vidal, the man with a mind greater than Voltaire and Noel Coward combined, the author, the essayist, the curmudgeonly old gentleman who could easily rip you a new one if you dared criticise him. But as for his private life, well he gave interviewers glimpses into that, but never revealed too much. The private life of Gore Vidal is what fascinated journalist and author Tim Teeman. In his illuminating new book In Bed with Gore Vidal: Hustlers, Hollywood and the Private World of an American Master, Tim reveals the sexual rollercoaster that was Vidal's life, and how this rollercoaster shaped his views on sex and sexuality in general. I caught up with Tim to find out more about Gore Vidal's life, away from the spotlight. Gore Vidal as a young man Firstly, just what's so fascinating abo ...
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Liz Smith: Another Disney Girl Gone Wild -- Miley Cyrus Presents the Sleaze Factor at the the Video Music Awards
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"WE NEVER really grow up. We only learn how to act in public," said singer Bryan White. • OR NOT. I was compelled out of a sense of duty to watch at least parts of MTV's Video Music Awards. (I would so much more preferred to have stuck with the new PBS production of Agatha Chrstie's classic,"The Lady Vanishes.") But then, lots of ladies vanished on the VMA's. To be more precise, there were few ladies at the VMA's and some descended to new depths of sad exhibitionism. I enjoyed Lady Gaga's energetic and multi-costumed opening of the show. She didn't do anything new, but after five years of fame, in this culture, originality comes and goes swiftly. Speaking of swift, as in Taylor Swift, this talented young woman looked beautiful, like a grown up woman -- glam and soignée. But she revealed her immaturity when seen mouthing something rude about her ex, One Direction's Harry Styles, while he was onstage giving out an award. Good grief, they only dated a couple of mo ...
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Robert Brustein: Philip Roth at 80: Tales Told Out of Schul
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Philip Roth, who has just turned eighty, has been writing novels, stories, essays, autobiographical books, and other species of cultural provocation for over half a century now. Claiming that literary composition is a form of mental anguish and physical agony (he writes standing up to spare a bad back), he has announced that his last book, Nemesis, would be his last book. Nobody wants to believe him. How can we watch without protest our greatest living writer withdraw into silence? Roth's first story, published in The New Yorker in 1959, was "Defender of the Faith" (reprinted soon after in his collection, Goodbye Columbus). Its frankness about Jewish tribal behavior predictably created the earliest of his many confrontations with the Jewish Establishment, one of whose members threatened him with medieval retribution. It is doubtful whether Roth ever consciously intended to kindle extremist ire. But his compulsion to tell the truth, regardless of wounded sensibilities, made ...
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Jay Weston: Charlie Chaplin's Limelight at the Academy After 60 Years
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Romantic, musical, emotional, a truly great film, and here is the inside story! In 1952 I was drafted into the U.S. Army and went off to fight a violent little-known war in a far-off land called Korea, serving there for two years as a war correspondent and newspaper editor. I came home a more experienced, weary and wary young man. And in 1952 the legendary comic genius, Charlie Chaplin, made a hauntingly beautiful masterpiece of a movie called Limelight, and then he was thrown out of the United States by a bigoted, ignorant and sadistic right-wing political element (the 'Tea Party' of the time), suspected of being "a communist," which he never was. In fact, according to his co-star Norman Lloyd, as reported in the Los Angeles Times, when producer Samuel Goldwyn heard that Chaplin was being called a communist he scoffed and said, "He is the only true capitalist that I know." The L.A. Times noted that Chaplin had incurred the wrath of J. Edgar Hoover, the then head of t ...
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Claire Bloom on career highs, new film and 'Downton Abbey'
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'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' triggers unintentional laughs as well as scares - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Google News - over 5 years
"The Haunting" (1963) -- Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House" inspires this classic chiller about a group (including Julie Harris, Claire Bloom and Russ Tamblyn) investigating supernatural phenomena at a cursed New England mansion
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Staff Picks: Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth - The Millions
Google News - over 5 years
According to Leaving a Doll's House, the tell-all memoir written by his ex-wife Claire Bloom (and published in the UK, not coincidentally, by Carmen Callil), Roth himself felt his 1993′s Operation Shylock to be his masterpiece
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Drinking the dandelion wine of Ray Bradbury - Kansas City Star
Google News - over 5 years
... and his own books were turned into brilliant movies, including "Fahrenheit 451," directed by Francois Truffaut and starring Julie Christie and Oskar Werner, and "The Illustrated Man" starring Oscar winners Claire Bloom and Rod Steiger
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Dover Career Tech Center officials fear end to federal funding - Foster's Daily Democrat
Google News - over 5 years
Also at the meeting, area resident Claire Bloom presented her End 68 Hours of Hunger program. She said she wanted to bring a solution to childhood hunger in the area by offering a program that could send children home with food on the weekend
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Danielle Lineker drops agent who made her famous for modelling because she ... - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
... air hostess has been taken on by Conway van Gelder Grant, a theatrical agency which represents mainstays of British stage and screen including Helena Bonham Carter, Sir Michael Gambon, Prunella Scales, Brian Cox, Jemma Redgrave and Claire Bloom
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A tévében: az ember kicsi, gőgös, gonosz, de néha feltalálja magát - Hir24.hu
Google News - over 5 years
Paul Newman, William Shatner, Claire Bloom, 21:00, Duna TV. Kicsinységünket a léptékváltás mutatja igazán, erre pedig a világűrről szóló műsorok alkalmasak nagyon. A világegyetem III. című sorozat sem hoz éles fordulatot az eddigi ismeretterjesztő
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Arts Beat: Tuesday Night Reading Series plans triumphant return - Evansville Courier & Press
Google News - over 5 years
Oct. 20 — "The Haunting," a 1963 ghost story featuring Julie Harris and Claire Bloom. Nov. 17 — "Titanic," the 1953 movie about the historic sinking of the "unsinkable" luxury liner, featuring Barbara Stanwyck and Thelma Ritter. Dec
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Levit: Orchestral chateau comes to Richmond - Richmond Times Dispatch
Google News - over 5 years
The rural venue has also become a mecca for actors such as Claire Bloom and Helen Mirren. Lorin and Dietlinde Maazel are president and vice president of a new sort of Wolf Trap, focusing mostly on classical music and opera. Watching Maazel conduct in
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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) - TIME
Google News - over 5 years
Burton's black-Welsh eloquence proved an ideal match, and Ritt pulled similarly impressive-depressive performances from Werner and Claire Bloom, who plays Nan, an English librarian of communist ideals who is drawn into the deadly game
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Excellent show from the Clumber Players - Retford Today
Google News - over 5 years
The play which featured such actors as John Gielgud, Richard Burton and a young Claire Bloom had success in London and on tour and then transferred to the US. Central to the play is a difficult choice the female character Jennet has to make
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Ces années-là, un début juilllet, au cinéma... - L'Express
Google News - over 5 years
Ce film bénéficie d'un casting pour le moins prestigieux avec Laurence Olivier dans le rôle de Zeus, Claire Bloom (Les lumières de la ville) en Héra, Maggie Smith (Harry Potter) en Thétis et... Ursula Andress qui a droit aux honneurs de l'affiche alors
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“Magnum sul set, il cinema visto dai grandi fotografi”. La mostra esclusiva a ... - GQ.com
Google News - over 5 years
Charlie CHAPLIN durante le riprese del suo film "Luci della ribalta", con Charlie CHAPLIN, Sidney CHAPLIN, Claire BLOOM e Buster KEATON. GRAN BRETAGNA. Londra. Giugno 1959. Elizabeth TAYLOR a venticinque anni sul set di STATI UNITI. California. 1967
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Anna Massey Dead at 73: Worked for Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Powell, Otto ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... drama starring Carol Lynley and Laurence Olivier; Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy (1972), another thriller about a serial killer; and as Kristine Linde in one of two 1973 adaptations of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House (the one starring Claire Bloom)
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Claire Bloom
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 84
    In 2015 she appeared as Matilda Stowe in ITV's Midsomer Murders episode 17.4, "A Vintage Murder".
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  • 2013
    Age 82
    Bloom was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to drama.
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    In 2013, Bloom appeared in the 6th series of ITV's Doc Martin as the estranged Mother of the title character.
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    She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to drama.
    More Details Hide Details Bloom was born as Patricia Claire Blume in the North London suburb of Finchley, the daughter of Elizabeth (née Grew) and Edward Max Blume, who worked in sales. Her paternal grandparents, originally named Blumenthal, as well as her maternal grandparents, originally named Gravitzky, were Jewish immigrants from Byten, in the Grodno region of Russia, now in Belarus, Eastern Europe. Bloom attended secondary school at the independent Badminton School in Bristol. She studied stage acting as an adolescent at the Guildhall School, under Eileen Thorndike, and continued her studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama, in London.
  • 2012
    Age 81
    In September 2012, she appeared in concert at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, as the narrator in a performance of Leonard Bernstein's Kaddish, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop.
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  • 2010
    Age 79
    In 2010, she guest starred as Jill Peters in The Bill in the episode "Taking a Stand", and in 2011 she played Queen Mary in The King's Speech.
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    Her most recent appearances in films were her portrayal of Queen Mary of Teck in the 2010 Oscar winning British film The King's Speech and her portrayal of Eva Rose opposite Jerry Lewis in the 2016 film Max Rose.
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  • 2009
    Age 78
    In December 2009, she appeared in the BBC's Doctor Who alongside David Tennant in his final story as the Tenth Doctor, as a Time Lord credited only as "The Woman."
    More Details Hide Details Series executive producer Russell T. Davies revealed in his 2010 book The Writer's Tale that the character is supposed to be the Doctor's mother.
  • 2008
    Age 77
    In 2008, she guest starred in New Tricks as actress Helen Brownlow.
    More Details Hide Details The story concerned the murder of Brownlow's husband whilst they were in a play together.
  • 2007
    Age 76
    In October 2007, she appeared opposite Peter Bowles in Love Letters at the Théâtre Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo, directed by Marc Sinden, as part of his British Theatre Season, Monaco.
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  • 2006
    Age 75
    In January 2006, she appeared on the London stage in Arthur Allan Seidelman's production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks by Richard Alfieri, a two-hander in which she co-starred with Billy Zane.
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  • 2003
    Age 72
    In 2003, Bloom did a stage reading of Milton's Samson Agonistes along with actor John Neville at Bryn Mawr College at the behest of poet Karl Kirchwey.
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  • 1996
    Age 65
    Her second book, Leaving a Doll's House: A Memoir, was published in 1996 and went into greater details about her personal life; she discussed not only her marriages but also her affairs with Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, and Yul Brynner.
    More Details Hide Details The book created a stir when Bloom described her marriage with Philip Roth. Soon after, Roth wrote a "revenge novel" I Married a Communist (1998), in which the character of Eve Frame appeared to represent Bloom.
  • 1994
    Age 63
    On continuing television series, she has appeared on the New York-based Law & Order: Criminal Intent. From 1994 to 1995, she portrayed villainess Orlena Grimaldi on the daytime drama As the World Turns.
    More Details Hide Details She also had major roles in several of the BBC-Shakespeare Play television presentations and has led workshops on Shakespearean performance practices.
  • 1992
    Age 61
    She also appeared as First Lady Edith Wilson in Backstairs at the White House (1979); as Joy Gresham, the wife of C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands for which she received the BAFTA Award as Best Actress (1985); as Marina Gregg in The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, the last of the BBC Miss Marple adaptations in 1992; and as the older Sophy in the 1992 mini-series The Camomile Lawn on Britain's Channel 4.
    More Details Hide Details Her most recent appearance in a mini-series was in the 2006 version of The Ten Commandments.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1990
    Age 59
    Bloom's third marriage on 29 April 1990, was to writer Philip Roth, her longtime companion.
    More Details Hide Details Bloom has written two memoirs about her life and career. The first, Limelight and After: The Education of an Actress, was released in 1982 and was an in-depth look at her career and the film and stage roles she had portrayed.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1969
    Age 38
    Steiger and Bloom divorced in 1969. In that same year, Bloom married producer Hillard Elkins. The marriage lasted three years and the couple divorced in 1972.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1959
    Age 28
    Bloom has married three times. Her first marriage, in 1959, was to actor Rod Steiger, whom she had met when they both performed in the play Rashomon.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter is opera singer Anna Steiger.
  • 1952
    Age 21
    Her international screen debut came in the 1952 film Limelight, when she was chosen by Charlie Chaplin, who also directed, to co-star alongside him.
    More Details Hide Details The film catapulted Bloom to stardom, and remains one of her most memorable roles. Biographer Dan Kamin states that Limelight is a similar story to Chaplin's City Lights, made twenty years earlier, in which Chaplin also helps a heroine overcome a physical handicap. In this film, Bloom plays a suicidal ballerina who "suffers from hysterical paralysis". The film had personal meaning for Chaplin as it contained numerous references to his life and family: the theatre where he and Bloom performed in the film was the same theatre where his mother gave her last performance; Bloom was directed by Chaplin to wear dresses similar to those his mother used to wear; Chaplin's sons and his half-brother all had parts. Bloom states that she felt one of the reasons she got the part was because she closely resembled his young wife, Oona O'Neill. In his autobiography, Chaplin writes that he had no doubt the film would be a success: "I had fewer qualms about its success than any picture I had ever made." Chaplin explains his decision to make Bloom co-star despite this being her first film:
  • TEENAGE
  • 1948
    Age 17
    Bloom's first film role was a small part in the 1948 film The Blind Goddess.
    More Details Hide Details She trained at the Rank Organisation's "charm school", but did not stay with that company for long.
  • 1947
    Age 16
    Her London stage debut was in 1947, when she was 16 years of age, in the hit Christopher Fry play The Lady's Not For Burning, which starred John Gielgud and Pamela Brown and featured a young Richard Burton.
    More Details Hide Details It also played on Broadway in New York. It was during the rehearsals for the play that Burton and Bloom fell in love and began a long love affair, initially non-sexual. The following year, she received great acclaim for her portrayal of Ophelia in Hamlet, starring Richard Burton, the first of many works by William Shakespeare in which Bloom would appear. Although Burton was at that time married to Sybil Christopher, fellow actor and friend of Burton, Stanley Baker, seeing how attracted he was to Bloom, would comment that he "thought that this might be the time when Rich actually left Sybil." In his later years, Burton told his biographer, Michael Munn, "'I only ever loved two women before Elizabeth,' Sybil was one, Claire Bloom the other." Bloom has appeared in a number of plays and theatrical works in both London and New York. Those works include Look Back in Anger, Rashomon, and Bloom's favourite role, that of Blanche, in a revival of the Tennessee Williams play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which played in London in 1974. Critic Clive Barnes described the play as a "notable example of what the classic revival should be - well groomed, but thoughtful, expressive, illuminating." Another critic writes that Bloom's portrayal of Blanche featured "remarkable layers of vitality and tenderness," and playwright Tennessee Williams was "exultant," stating, "I declare myself absolutely wild about Claire Bloom."
  • 1946
    Age 15
    After training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Central School of Speech and Drama, Bloom made her debut on BBC radio programmes. She made her stage debut in 1946, when she was 15, with the Oxford Repertory Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details She debuted at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre as Ophelia to Paul Scofield's Hamlet. Bloom has written that during the production she had a crush on Scofield. As Scofield was happily married and the father of a son, Bloom hoped only, "to be flirted with and taken some notice of". She later recalled, "I could never make up my mind which of my two Hamlets I found the more devastating: the openly homosexual, charismatic Helpmann, or the charming, shy young man from Sussex." When asked about Claire Bloom years later, Scofield recalled, "Sixteen years old I think—so very young and necessarily inexperienced, she looked lovely, she acted with a daunting assurance which belied entirely her inexperience of almost timid reticence. She was a very good Ophelia."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1941
    Age 10
    She recalls, "It was 1941; I was ten, John was nearly six.
    More Details Hide Details We were to sail from Glasgow in a convoy, on a ship that was evacuating children." During her year stay in Florida, she was asked by the British War Relief Society to help raise money by entertaining at various benefits, which she then did for a number of weeks. "Thus I broke into show business singing", she writes. Bloom, along with her mother and brother, next lived in New York for another eighteen months before returning to England. It was there that she decided to become an actress, after her mother took her to see the Broadway play, Three Sisters, for her twelfth birthday: Bloom's brother is film editor John Bloom.
  • 1940
    Age 9
    After the Germans began bombing London during the Blitz in 1940, her family had a number of narrow escapes as bombs dropped close to their home.
    More Details Hide Details She and her brother John were sent to safety in the country, and then to the United States, where she spent a year living with an uncle.
  • 1931
    Age 0
    Born on February 15, 1931.
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