Francesca Annis
Actress
Francesca Annis
Francesca Annis is an English actress, known for her film and television appearances in such series as Reckless (1998), Wives and Daughters (1999), Cranford (2007), and Deceit (2000).
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First Nighter: Regina Taylor Confronts the Computer Age Poorly, Matt Charmian Does It Better
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Whatever Regina Taylor is trying to get across in stop. reset., at the Pershing Square Signature Center's Romulus Linney, has gone completely over my head, and I suspect I'm not the only one who exited--or who will exit--the 100-minute drama wondering what the devil she's getting at. The action--and there's a fair amount of it--takes place on a torrentially snowy Chicago day in the Alexander Ames Chicago Black Book Publishers office. It's the day when publisher Ames (Carl Lumbly) is scheduled to announce which of his long-time and loyal employees--Chris (Teagle F. Bougere), Jan (LaTanya Richardson Jackson), Tim (Donald Sage Mackay) and Deb (Michi Barall)--is going to get the axe as a result of an impending merger. While the nervous four mill about Neil Patel's version of slick digs in a modern high-rise--and Shawn Sagady's intricate projection design flashes on the walls (footage, among much else, of Martin Luther King, excerpts from Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man)--Ames interrogat ...
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Book review: The Affair by Gill Paul
Burnley Express - over 3 years
The steamy love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton is not the only drama creating sparks on the set of the iconic film Cleopatra in 1961. And a young historical adviser, fresh from the cloistered walls of academia in London, is about to become caught up in events more dangerous than she could ever have contemplated. Gill Paul’s new and excitingly original novel brings to life all the glamour, tensions and politicking of this notorious, big-budget movie in a story that bristles with energy, passion and dark, deadly secrets. Using a wealth of research and some first-hand anecdotes from British actors John Gayford and Francesca Annis, who both played key roles in Cleopatra, Paul sweeps us back 50 years to the bold, brash backstage shenanigans of the Taylor-Burton film classic. From Liz Taylor’s extravagances and Richard Burton’s scandalous passion to the Cinecittà film studio’s exotic elephant enclosures and the vast warehouses full of costumes and props, The Affair is ...
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Delridge Day postscript: ‘Already looking forward to next year’
West Seattle Blog - over 5 years
(Photo by Holli Margell) At this past week’s Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting, there were rave reviews for, and a glowing recap of, last Saturday’s biggest event – the concurrent Delridge Day festival and Delridge Skatepark grand opening. While Seattle Parks oversaw skatepark specifics, Delridge Day was organized for the first time by the North Delridge Neighborhood Council. And they have some acknowledgments to share this morning too: The Delridge Day Committee is grateful to share the success of last Saturday. Despite the weather and a few guests not able to show up (fire truck, Mounted Police), an estimated 1500 – 2000 people attended the event (double previous years). The day would not have been possible without our team of over 25 volunteers! THANK YOU! (Photo by Ellen Cedergreen for WSB) We also wish to thank to Seattle Parks for working together with us for a seamless event. (Amanda Leonard and Nancy Folsom; this photo & next photo by Patri ...
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MoMA Announces Roman Polanski Retrospective and Fall Film Exhibitions Schedule - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
With Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Nicholas Selby, John Stride. In his first attempt, Polanski mastered the art of adapting a classic literary work (in his third language). Brilliant and unflinching, the film does full cinematic justice to
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Oggi in tv 6 luglio: un classico di Monicelli, fantascienza e altri film sul ... - Blogosfere (Blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Dune, ore 21:05 Iris, di David Lynch con Kyle MacLachlan, Sean Young, Francesca Annis, Max Von Sydow, Brad Dourif, Freddie Jones, Jack Nance. Nell' anno 10191 il pianeta Arrakis, conosciuto anche come Dune, é ambito da tutti in quanto unico pianeta su
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Francesca Annis goes where no woman has gone before - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
The Bush Theatre has been on the receiving end of some rather intriguing graffiti in their new home. By Charles Spencer These are great times for the Bush Theatre, which has just moved out of its cramped quarters above a disagreeable pub in Shepherd's
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Doctor Faustus, Shakespeare's Globe, LondonEmperor and Galilean, Olivier NT ... - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Admittedly, Deirdre Kinahan's The Fingers of Faversham is a feeble satire, in which Francesca Annis's snappy Margery (very Lynda Snell) finds her am-dram panto hijacked by an avant-gardist (Nina Sosanya). However, the evening and Tamara Harvey's
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Where's My Seat?, Bush Theatre, London - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
The plays were written, and associate director Tamara Harvey set to work with six top actors: Francesca Annis, Debbie Chazen, Nina Sosanya, Hugo Speer, Hugh Skinner and Richard Cordery. The results are totally in tune with the informal,
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Robert Trussell | KC festival production reimagines 'Macbeth' as a love story - Kansas City Star
Google News - over 5 years
Through the centuries, Shakespeare's doomed characters have been portrayed as remarkably young (Jon Finch was about 30 and Francesca Annis was 26 in Roman Polanski's 1971 film) and staggeringly old (18th century actor Charles Macklin played Macbeth in
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'Doctor Who is the closest thing to theatre on TV' - Evening Standard
Google News - over 5 years
She confirmed that, yes, she had contemplated suicide when her first husband, Ralph Fiennes, whom she met at Rada and lived with for 12 years, left her for Francesca Annis, 18 years his senior, in 1996. Now, that relationship is firmly in the past: "I
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Annis asks Where's My Seat? - London Theatre Guide
Google News - almost 6 years
Francesca Annis is to lead the cast of new Bush theatre production Where's My Seat?, a trio of plays being used to put the West London's theatre's new home through its paces. Annis is joined in the production by Debbie Chazen, Richard Cordery,
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Cable girl: Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime - The Guardian
Google News - almost 6 years
A droll husband-and-wife detective team, played by James Warwick and Francesca Annis, dedicated to solving mysteries and roaring around country lanes in their Bentley. It is a 1980s version of what the 20s must have been like and thus provides twice
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Movies on TV, today & tonight - Regina Leader-Post
Google News - almost 6 years
(149)"Penny Gold" Francesca Annis. A detective's murder case leads him to a stamp swindle. (2 hrs.) (101) >> "The Goods: Live Hard. Sell Hard." Jeremy Piven. A highpowered salesman must save a car dealership. (1 hr., 30 mins
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What's On Sunday
NYTimes - about 7 years
5 P.M. (HGTV) SANDRA LEE CELEBRATES: WINTER WONDERLAND PARTY They call Vy Higginsen the first lady of Harlem. As the head of the Mama Foundation, she provides musical training to underprivileged children. She also lives with her family in the brownstone her grandmother bought almost a century ago. In the last of four holiday specials, Ms. Lee,
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What's On Tonight
NYTimes - almost 9 years
8 P.M. (CBS) THE 43RD ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS For the first time, fans will vote for the entertainer of the year award, choosing among Kenny Chesney, left; Brad Paisley; George Strait; Keith Urban; and Rascal Flatts. Each will perform during this ceremony, broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In another first, Garth Brooks
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT
NYTimes - almost 9 years
9 P.M. (13, 49) CRANFORD Casting call! Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Michael Gambon, Francesca Annis and Imelda Staunton star in this three-part ''Masterpiece'' production, based on the Victorian-era writings of Elizabeth Gaskell, about a drowsy 1840s British village that springs to life with gossip, parties, romances, sudden death and bankruptcy as a
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TELEVISION REVIEW; Spinsterhood Is Powerful (Until a Catch Shows Up)
NYTimes - almost 9 years
This year, in an effort to forge an image that seemed a little more with it, the producers of ''Masterpiece Theater'' installed the actress Gillian Anderson as host and shed the stodgiest half of the title, making it simply ''Masterpiece.'' There is certainly a hint of sexiness in this linguistic divorce. The word masterpiece on its own sounds
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WHAT'S ON
NYTimes - about 10 years
8 P.M. (Animal Planet, Discovery) OCEAN'S DEADLIEST -- They're awfully pretty, but the crystalline waters off Australia's eastern shore are teeming with some of the most dangerous creatures on Earth. In this documentary, Steve Irwin's final (he was killed by a stingray during its filming), Irwin (above, with a stonefish) and Phillipe Cousteau, the
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TELEVISION REVIEW; Feminism's Fictional Powerhouse
NYTimes - about 10 years
''Jane Eyre'' may not be the first feminist novel, but it is certainly one of the most enduring. There have been at least 20 movie and television versions of Charlotte Brontë's gothic love story, even more than of ''Emma'' or ''Pride and Prejudice.'' And it's all the more of a tribute, since ''Jane Eyre'' is not easily refashioned to fit modern
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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; On London's Stages, Wrestling With Belief and Its Discontents
NYTimes - about 11 years
They are dangerous to know, these men who have hijacked the city's stages. Seen in gripping productions of troubled, troubling plays that span the last century, they fall into two categories, equally warped sides of the same coin: the hardened idealist, who never doubts himself for a second, and the soft skeptic, who doubts absolutely everything
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Francesca Annis
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 63
    In an interview with Tim Auld of The Telegraph in 2009, Annis described herself as being one that tends "to forget the bad things – I don't dwell on them.
    More Details Hide Details I think, 'Oh, f– it, life's too short,'" and that though single, she "believes it is better to be with someone than alone," stating "'I think you live a fuller life… to have someone else's input on anything – a book, a meal, your children, life, a walk – is fantastic,'" and expressing optimism as she looked to the rest of her sixth decade, stating "'I like to have a big open canvas. I am a glass-half-full person. Something will turn up, you know, and whatever it is it'll be fine.'"
    She returned to the stage in April 2009 to star as Mrs. Conway in Rupert Goold's National Theatre revival of J. B. Priestley's Time and the Conways.
    More Details Hide Details She has appeared in television productions in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, appearing in series such as Edward the Seventh (1975) as Lillie Langtry, a role she reprised in Lillie (1978); Madame Bovary (1975); and Parnell and the Englishwoman (1991), in which she played Kitty O'Shea; as well as the miniseries Reckless (1998) and its 2000 sequel. Annis co-starred with Michael Gambon and Dame Judi Dench as Lady Ludlow (an aristocrat opposed to the education of the lower classes) in the BBC1 costume-drama series Cranford (2007). More recently, Annis played a leading role in the ITV drama Home Fires.
  • 2006
    Age 60
    Annis and Fiennes announced their separation on 7 February 2006, after 11 years together, in a parting described as "acrimonious" following his affair with a Romanian singer.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 49
    Annis began a relationship with Hamlet co-star Ralph Fiennes in 1995, ending her 23-year relationship with Wiseman in 1997, with Fiennes in turn divorcing his wife of four years, Alex Kingston.
    More Details Hide Details Annis is said to have "apologised to Wiseman" over their parting.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1981
    Age 35
    At the National Theatre in 1981 she played Natalya Petrovna in Peter Gill's production of Ivan Turgenev's A Month in the Country.
    More Details Hide Details At the Comedy Theatre, September 2005 – January 2006, Annis starred as Ruth in Epitaph for George Dillon with Joseph Fiennes.
  • 1976
    Age 30
    Annis has also pursued a stage career, playing leading roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company – Luciana in Trevor Nunn's musical version of The Comedy of Errors in 1976, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet alongside Ian McKellen in 1977.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 28
    Annis was in a relationship with photographer Patrick Wiseman that began in 1974, and the partners had and raised three children, Charlotte, Taran, and Andreas, all of whom were given their father's surname.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 19
    Her big break was as one of the leads in the 1965 West End stage musical Passion Flower Hotel.
    More Details Hide Details She played Estella in a television adaptation of Great Expectations (1967) and presented children's television programmes. She garnered attention for her performance as Lady Macbeth in Roman Polanski's film version of Macbeth (1971) in which she performs the sleepwalking soliloquy in the nude. The critic Kenneth Tynan was present when the scene was shot: "Francesca does it very sportingly and with no fuss... though of course the set is closed, great curtains are drawn around the acting area... and the wardrobe mistress rushes to cover Francesca with a dressing gown the instant Roman says, 'Cut'". Her films have included Krull (1983) and Dune (1984). She appeared as Tuppence with James Warwick as Tommy in Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime (1983–84) stories as well as its preceding The Secret Adversary (1983). She appeared in Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988), in which she played Jacqueline Kennedy. She portrayed Mrs. Wellington in the second film and directorial debut by the musician Prince, Under The Cherry Moon (1986).
  • 1963
    Age 17
    At the same time, Francesca was educated at a convent school, and trained in her early years as a ballet dancer, with training in the Russian style at the Corona Stage Academy. Her career break came in acting, when at age 16 she landed a role alongside Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, which appeared in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details Annis began acting professionally in her teens, and made her film debut in The Cat Gang (1959). Her first major film role was as Elizabeth Taylor's handmaiden in Cleopatra (1963), which she was cast in while still studying Russian ballet.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Annis was born in Kensington, London in 1945 to an English father, Lester William Anthony Annis (1914–2001) and a Brazilian-French mother, actress Mariquita (Mara) Purcell (1913–2009), both sometime actors and Mara, a singer.
    More Details Hide Details Mara was from a wealthy Brazilian family, and the Annises moved to Brazil when Francesca was a year old, and spent six years there, returning to England when she was 7. In recollecting the years in Brazil, she describes her parents as running "a nightclub on Copacabana beach," and her mother Mara "performing as a blues singer."
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