Henry Ainley
English stage actor
Henry Ainley
Henry Hinchliffe Ainley was an English Shakespearean stage and screen actor. He was married three times to Susanne Sheldon, Elaine Fearon and the novelist Bettina Riddle, later Baroness von Hutten zum Stolzenberg.
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Garnet track & field qualifies for CC Championships - The Phoenix
Google News - almost 6 years
The Garnet have a plethora of qualifiers in the 800 meter run: Scott, Cariad Chester '13, Henry Ainley '12, Hugh Troeger '14, Matthew Heck '13 and Jake Weiner '14. Other qualifiers on the track include Chris Wickham '12 in the 3000 meter steeplechase;
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The Talk; Eye Spy
NYTimes - over 9 years
Perched on the edge of her seat in a passenger lounge at La Guardia Airport, Clarissa Dalrymple rears back from her carry-on, aghast. ''Damn it!'' she says in a booming stage whisper. ''I forgot my pearls.'' Dalrymple had hurried that morning into a pair of skinny jeans, a black sweater and pointy, white suede Daryl K boots. All set off a regal
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Ruthlessly Practical, Undeniably Brilliant
NYTimes - over 11 years
Olivier By Terry Coleman Illustrated. 595 pages. Henry Holt & Company. $32.50. In the early 1960's, Laurence Olivier defined the goal of acting to Michael Gambon, his young protégé at the National Theater. Every member of the audience, he said, both male and female, should want to have sex with you. The seduction metaphor turns up again and again
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TELEVISION; 'The Bretts': Backstage Life In 1920's London
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: THE YEAR 1927 WAS WHEN LONdon theater-goers turned on that enfant terrible, Noel Coward, heckling two of his new plays into premature oblivion. It was the year Rodgers and Hart's ''Girl Friend'' arrived from Broadway, and everyone seemed to be humming ''My Heart Stood Still,'' the song they'd contributed to a West End revue called ''One Dam
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1945
    Age 65
    Died on October 31, 1945.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1936
    Age 56
    Shakespearean screen credits include Henry VIII (1911) and As You Like It, a 1936 film which also featured his son Richard and Laurence Olivier.
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  • 1932
    Age 52
    According to a report in The Times dated 15 March 1932, Ainley considered Sadler's Wells stalwart Samuel Phelps the "greatest actor of all" and Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson "the greatest of Hamlets".
    More Details Hide Details Fifteen letters in the possession of Laurence Olivier's widow suggest that Ainley may have had a sexual relationship with the younger actor in the late 1930s. The letters - said by Olivier's biographer Terry Coleman to be explicitly homosexual in content - suggest that Ainley was infatuated with Olivier, even if, as some members of Olivier's family insist, notably the actor's son Tarquin Olivier, the feeling was not reciprocated. Ainley died in London and is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, London. Henry Ainley made recordings for the Gramophone Company by the acoustic method, and also later for the same company (as HMV) by electric recordings. The early acoustics were as follows:
    In 1932, Ainley was part of the effort to save the debt-laden Sadler's Wells theatre.
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    John Gielgud, writing in the Sunday Times in 1996, described Ainley's Prospero as "disastrous", although he generally held Ainley in high regard and fulfilled a longstanding ambition to perform with him when Gielgud played Iago opposite Ainley's Othello in a 1932 BBC Radio broadcast.
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    He was also the father of Henrietta Riddle who was briefly engaged to Alistair Cooke in 1932.
    More Details Hide Details A close friend of the writer Roland Pertwee, he was the godfather of his son Jon who played the lead role in Doctor Who from 1970 to 1974 and returned in the 1983 story The Five Doctors playing opposite Anthony Ainley. He was born in Leeds, where he was baptised in St. George's Parish Church and brought up in Morley by his father Richard, a cloth finisher, and his mother Ada, but moved to London as an adult to pursue an acting career. He made his professional stage debut for F.R. Benson's company of actors and later joined Herbert Beerbohm Tree's company.
  • FORTIES
  • 1929
    Age 49
    In 1929, he played James Fraser in St. John Ervine's The First Mrs. Fraser, a role he reprised for the film version in 1932.
    More Details Hide Details He also starred in stage and radio productions of James Elroy Flecker's Hassan.
  • 1922
    Age 42
    He appeared in A. A. Milne's The Dover Road opposite Athene Seyler in 1922 and as the Bishop of Chelsea in Bernard Shaw's Getting Married at the Haymarket Theatre.
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  • 1921
    Age 41
    In 1921, Ainley became a member of the council of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and served as its president from 1931 to 1933.
    More Details Hide Details Ainley's own theatre company launched the stage career of Robert Eddison.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1915
    Age 35
    Ainley played Joseph Quinney in Quinneys' on stage in 1915 and on film in 1919.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1902
    Age 22
    He found fame in 1902 as Paolo in Paolo and Francesca.
    More Details Hide Details Ainley's first stage role was as a messenger in Macbeth. He subsequently appeared as Glo'ster in Henry V at the Lyceum in London and returned to Leeds to play at the Grand Theatre. Later roles included Oliver Cromwell, Mark Antony in Julius Caesar and Macbeth himself. He played Malvolio (1912) and Leontes under the direction of Granville Barker and portrayed Hamlet several times, including a 1930 production that was chosen for a Royal Command Performance.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1879
    Born
    Born on August 21, 1879.
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