Ellen Ternan
British actor
Ellen Ternan
Ellen Ternan is sometimes confused with her near contemporary, the Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry, whose career was more distinguished, but who did not have an affair with Dickens. Ellen Lawless Ternan, also known as Nelly Ternan or Nelly Robinson, was an English actress who is mainly known as the mistress of Charles Dickens.
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« L'Inimitable Charles Dickens » se dévoile comme jamais en France dans une ... - La Voix du Nord
Google News - over 5 years
Puis, fraîchement divorcé, l'écrivain entretiendra, dans un chalet à Condette, une relation à l'abri du scandale avec la jeune comédienne Ellen Ternan. De l'espace consacré à ses écrits, on retiendra le contrat passé avec Louis Hachette,
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Ralph Fiennes Seeks Out The Invisible Woman - HeyUGuys.co.uk
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Ralph Fiennes is set to direct his second feature film, The Invisible Woman, based on the 1990 book by Claire Tomalin of the same name, which looks at the relationship between author Charles Dickens and actress Ellen Ternan over the last thirteen years
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Ralph Fiennes to direct film on Charles Dickens's secret affair? - Digital Spy
Google News - over 5 years
Biographer Claire Tomalin's The Invisible Woman unravels Victorian author Dickens's 13-year romance with Ellen Ternan. Never Let Me Go actress Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish and Felicity Jones are being considered for the role of Ternan, the Daily Mail ... - -
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Ralph Fiennes irá dirigir filme sobre escritor Charles Dickens - Cinema Com Rapadura
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“The Invisible Women” será baseado no livro de Calire Tomalin, e conta a história de 13 anos entre Dickens e Ellen Ternan, que foi mais conhecida como Nelly. Para o papel do par romântico há alguns nomes cotados, entre eles o de Carey Mulligan
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Ralph Fiennes fait le casting du film "La Femme Invisible" - Nina People
Google News - over 5 years
Le long-métrage raconte l'histoire de Charles Dickens et sa romance secrète avec Ellen Ternan, connue comme Nelle dans le film. Sur la base de l'histoire de l'écrivain Claire Tomalin, c'est Carey Mulligan qui pourrait obtenir le rôle féminin
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Fiennes to direct Dickens film? - Belfast Telegraph
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The Harry Potter star plans to step behind the camera for The Invisible Woman, based on Claire Tomalin's best-seller which focuses on the acclaimed author's 13-year-long secret love affair with Ellen Ternan, fondly known as Nelly by Dickens
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Une exposition Charles Dickens lance les célébrations de son bicentenaire - AFP
Google News - almost 6 years
De passage ou en villégiature, il y écrit, y scolarise certains de ses enfants et s'y cache même, dit-on, avec sa jeune maîtresse, la comédienne Ellen Ternan, des pudeurs de la bonne société anglaise. L'exposition se tient du 28 mai au 23 octobre au
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FROM THE INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE; 100, 75, 50 Years Ago
NYTimes - over 7 years
1909 Young Soldier Remanded LONDON: The ''Mafia Vendetta'' case, in which J. F. Nicholson, a young soldier of the Queen's Bays Regiment, is charged with sending a letter signed ''Black Hand'' to Admiral Sir A. Markham, demanding money, was again heard at the West London Police Court yesterday [Nov. 27]. Mr. Wallace, prosecuting for the Treasury,
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Saints and Savages
NYTimes - over 7 years
WANTING By Richard Flanagan 256 pp. Atlantic Monthly Press. $24 In 1854 Lady Jane Franklin, the widow of the polar explorer Sir John Franklin, visited Charles Dickens to ask for a favor. Dickens had just completed his novel ''Hard Times'' and was about to begin ''Little Dorrit''; he was the most celebrated writer in England, at the zenith of his
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; In the Wilds of Tasmania, The Impacts of Empire
NYTimes - almost 8 years
WANTING By Richard Flanagan 256 pages. Atlantic Monthly Press. $24. The evils of colonialism and the hubris of Enlightenment ideas were two central themes in Richard Flanagan's dazzling, phantasmagorical 2002 masterpiece, ''Gould's Book of Fish,'' and he returns to them in his new novel, ''Wanting.'' Once again, he has taken a real-life figure from
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No She Said No
NYTimes - about 13 years
LUCIA JOYCE To Dance in the Wake. By Carol Loeb Shloss. Illustrated. 560 pp. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $30. James Joyce said, in 1934: ''People talk of my influence on my daughter, but what about her influence on me?'' Or so the Joyce biographer Richard Ellmann was told, 20 years afterward, by Joyce's close friend Maria Jolas. At around
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A Performance Artist
NYTimes - over 14 years
CHARLES DICKENS By Jane Smiley. 212 pp. New York: Lipper/Viking. $19.95. IN ''David Copperfield,'' there is a character named Mr. Dick who has been attempting to write a life of ''the lord chancellor, or the Lord Somebody or other'' for more than a decade. Progress has been impeded, however, by the head of Charles I, some of whose troubles were
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A Double Life; A Life of Fiction
NYTimes - about 16 years
Charles Dickens was traveling home from France on June 10, 1865, when the train he was riding in went off the tracks while crossing a bridge. Seven first-class carriages dropped into the river below. The eighth, Dickens's own, dangled off the bridge, hanging from its coupling and throwing the Dickens party into the lower corner of the carriage.
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TV WEEKEND; Vintage Dickens, Dark and Sunny
NYTimes - about 18 years
In June 1865, Charles Dickens was traveling to London when his train derailed, leaving his car dangling off a bridge 10 feet above a riverbed. Dickens helped rescue the two women with whom he had been vacationing and whose connection to him he did not want revealed: his lover, the young actress Ellen Ternan, and her accommodating mother. After
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Great Extrapolations
NYTimes - about 19 years
JACK MAGGS By Peter Carey. 306 pp. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. $24. Before settling on David Copperfield as the name of his most autobiographical hero, Dickens called the character Thomas Mag, and the novel ''Mag's Diversions.'' The name resurfaced, slightly changed, for the convict Magwitch in ''Great Expectations,'' and proved a better fit. In the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ellen Ternan
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1914
    Age 74
    Died in 1914.
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  • 1910
    Age 70
    Ternan's husband died in 1910, and she spent her last years in Southsea with her sister Frances. She died of cancer in Fulham, London. The Dickens Fellowship and the surviving close family members of Charles Dickens maintained a facade of silence and denial about the affair from the time of Charles Dickens' death in 1870 until the death in December 1933 of his last surviving child, Sir Henry Fielding Dickens.
    More Details Hide Details Several Dickens researchers wrote about various aspects of the relationship between Ellen Ternan and Charles Dickens in the ensuing years, including Gladys Story in 1939, Ada Nisbet in 1952, Sir Felix Aylmer in 1959 and Katherine M Longley in 1985. Ellen Ternan was the subject of a bestselling biography by Claire Tomalin in 1990, which brought the relationship to a broader general audience. A summary of the story of the discovery of the relationship was published in 2012 by Professor Michael Slater. Some records relating to Ellen Ternan and her family are held by Senate House Library, University of London. Simon Gray's play about her life, Little Nell had its world premiere in 2007 at the Theatre Royal, Bath. It was directed by Sir Peter Hall and starred Louise Brealey as Ternan. The affair was featured in the docudramas Dickens (BBC, 2002) and Dickens' Secret Lovers (2008, Channel 4 – it was the main subject of this programme, presented by Charles Dance and with Ternan played by Amy Shiels and Dickens by David Haig). Ternan is also featured in the novel Drood by Dan Simmons.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1876
    Age 36
    In 1876, six years after Dickens' death, Ternan married George Wharton Robinson, an Oxford graduate, who was twelve years her junior and who knew nothing of her close association with Dickens.
    More Details Hide Details She presented herself as 14 years younger (23 years old rather than 37). The couple had a son, Geoffrey, and a daughter, Gladys, and ran a boys' school in Margate.
  • 1870
    Age 30
    Dickens left a legacy of £1,000 to Ternan in his will on his death in 1870 and sufficient income from a trust fund to ensure that she would never have to work again.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1867
    Age 27
    He abandoned a plan to take her on his visit to America in 1867 for fear that their relationship would be publicised by the American press.
    More Details Hide Details She lived in houses he took under false names at Slough and later at Nunhead, and may have had a son by Dickens who died in infancy (neither Dickens, Ternan, nor Ternan's sisters left any account of the relationship, and most correspondence relevant to the relationship was destroyed). Dickens is thought by many scholars and commentators to have based several of his female characters on Ternan, including Estella in Great Expectations, Bella Wilfer in Our Mutual Friend and Helena Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and others may have been inspired by her, particularly Lucie Manette in A Tale of Two Cities.
  • 1865
    Age 25
    She sometimes travelled with him, and Dickens was travelling with Ternan and her mother back from a visit to France when they were both involved in the Staplehurst rail crash on 9 June 1865.
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  • 1860
    Age 20
    Ternan left the stage in 1860, and was supported by Dickens from then on.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1858
    Age 18
    Matters came to a head in 1858 when Catherine Dickens opened a packet delivered by a London jeweller which contained a gold bracelet meant for Ternan with a note written by her husband.
    More Details Hide Details The Dickenses separated that May, after 22 years of marriage.
  • 1857
    Age 17
    He cast her, on the recommendation of his friend the actor and playwright Alfred Wigan, along with her mother and sister Maria, in a performance of The Frozen Deep in Manchester in August 1857.
    More Details Hide Details It was not unusual for professional actresses to be invited to appear with amateur gentlemen; - Mrs Ternan played a Scottish nurse, Maria, the heroine Clara, and Nelly (Ellen) took over the girl's part from Katey Dickens- Dickens's seventeen-year-old daughter. In mid-September 1857 he went with Wilkie Collins to Doncaster to see Ellen at the Theatre Royal in The Pet of the Petticoats, and wrote to John Forster that his relationship with his wife was disintegrating; 'Poor Catherine and I are not made for each other - What is now befalling I have seen steadily coming'. Dickens was forty-five when he met Ellen Ternan and she was eighteen, slightly older than his daughter Katey. Dickens began an affair with Ternan, but the relationship was kept secret from the general public. Ternan was clever and charming, forceful of character, and interested in literature and the theatre. Dickens referred to Ternan as his "magic circle of one".
    In 1857, she was spotted by Dickens performing at London's Haymarket Theatre.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1839
    Born
    Born in 1839.
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