Jill Balcon
Jill Balcon
Jill Angela Henriette Balcon was an English film and radio actress. She made her film debut in Nicholas Nickleby, though she was best known for her stage, television and radio work. Balcon was born in Westminster, London, the daughter of Aileen Freda Leatherman (1904–1988) and Michael Balcon. Her family was Jewish, and originated in Lithuania on her father's side and Poland on her mother's. Balcon attended Roedean.
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Happy Birthday, Daniel Day-Lewis!
Popeater - almost 5 years
Happy birthday, Daniel Day-Lewis! The actor, hailed as one of the greatest of our time, celebrates his 55th today. Day-Lewis, son of Anglo-Irish poet laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon, started working on the British stage after graduating from the Bristol Old Vic theatre school, which he chose to attend over an apprenticeship in carpentry, his competing passion during secondary school. He first garnered attention in film for his 1985 portrayal of Johnny, a gay man in an interracial relationship, in "My Beautiful Laundrette." He then played Cecil, the cultivated fiance of Helena Bonham Carter in the adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel "A Room With A View." The films premiered in New York simultaneously, wowing critics who hailed Day-Lewis' impressive range. Day-Lewis is known for his somewhat extreme preparation for his roles. For example, he spent two days and nights in a prison cell without food or water to prepare for the role of Gerry Conlon in "In the ...
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Cuestión de sangre - Diario El País
Google News - almost 6 years
Nieto de un reconocido productor cinematográfico (Michael Balcon ), hijo de un poeta (Cecil Day-Lewis) y una actriz (Jill Balcon). El actor celebra hoy 54 años. En sus festejos no estarán Julia Roberts ni Winona Ryder, que si bien mantuvieron una
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THE FILM ISSUE; The New Frontier's Man
NYTimes - over 9 years
IN 1976, WHEN HE WAS 19, Daniel Day-Lewis, who is British and was trained in the grand theatrical tradition of Shakespeare and the classics, saw ''Taxi Driver'' and, despite the considerable weight and seeming obligation of his heritage, realized that what he longed to be was an American actor. ''It was a real illumination,'' Day-Lewis told me late
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FILM; The Film That Runs in the Family. Both Families, in Fact.
NYTimes - almost 12 years
THE temptation to interpret works of art in terms of their creators' biographies can be a powerful and terrible thing: the biographical approach is a fallacy at best, and at worst the snake in the garden of aesthetics. The temptation is, however, tough to resist in the case of ''The Ballad of Jack and Rose,'' a movie about the almost unnaturally
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OSCAR FILMS: The Housewife and the Butcher; The Daniel Day-Lewis Method: A Kind of Vanishing Act
NYTimes - almost 14 years
CONTRARY to popular belief, Daniel DayLewis said, he did not spend the five years between his last film and ''Gangs of New York'' reclining on some sort of film-world equivalent of a Victorian fainting couch, feverishly recovering his sanity. ''It's a little pretentious to think that because I take this work so seriously, and go so deep into these
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A Friend to Man and Bumblebee
NYTimes - over 19 years
My Name Escapes Me The Diary of a Retiring Actor. By Alec Guinness. 214 pp. New York: Viking. $23.95. Some actors elicit our awe: thus John Gielgud and George C. Scott. Some call forth intense involvement: Laurence Olivier and Christopher Plummer. But there are a few for whom we experience sheer love: Ralph Richardson, say, and Max von Sydow. Such
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The Intensely Imagined Life of Daniel Day-Lewis
NYTimes - over 24 years
In a suite at the Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles, a plush refuge for stars who crave their privacy, Daniel Day-Lewis is fortifying his immune system for an interview. On a coffee table he has placed a tiny box. Every half-hour or so, whenever a pensive cloud seems to eclipse his mood, the lid is opened and a glass ampule removed. Breaking off one
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jill Balcon
  • 2009
    Age 84
    Balcon died of a brain tumour on 18 July 2009, aged 84.
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  • 1951
    Age 26
    Balcon was cut off by her father when she married Day-Lewis in 1951.
    More Details Hide Details Cecil Day-Lewis and Jill Balcon had two children: actor Daniel Day-Lewis and documentary filmmaker/television chef Tamasin Day-Lewis.
    In 1951, Balcon married Irish poet Cecil Day-Lewis, who was 21 years her senior and was married when they began their relationship.
    More Details Hide Details He was dividing his time between his mistress Rosamond Lehmann in Oxfordshire, his wife, Mary Day-Lewis, and their two teenage sons, in Devon. Cecil Day-Lewis broke with both his wife and his mistress to be with Balcon for the remainder of his life (although reputedly he was no more faithful to Balcon than he had been to his first wife and to Lehmann).
  • 1925
    Age 0
    Born on January 3, 1925.
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