Renée Asherson
Actress
Renée Asherson
Renée Asherson is an English actress of stage, film and television. Much of Asherson's theatrical career was spent in Shakespearean plays, appearing at such venues as the Old Vic, the Liverpool Playhouse and the Westminster Theatre. Her first stage appearance was on 17 October 1935, aged 20, and her first major film appearance was in the 1944 film The Way Ahead. Her most recent film appearance was in 2001's The Others, directed by Alejandro Amenábar.
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A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Returns To Broadway Starring Blair Underwood in 2012 ... - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
The London production opened in 1949 with Bonar Colleano, Vivien Leigh, and Renee Asherson and was directed by Laurence Olivier. Underwood first caught the attention of the entertainment industry as attorney Jonathan Rollins on the NBC legal drama LA
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Stasera in tv: The Others - Foto, trailer e curiosità sul film cult con Nicole ... - CINEblog.it (Blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Stasera, 27 aprile, su RaiMovie alle ore 19.15 andrà in onda The Others (Francia/Spagna/Usa - 2001) di Alejandro Amenabar con Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Christopher Eccleston, Alakina Mann, James Bentley, Eric Sykes, Renée Asherson,
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SPOTLIGHT; Bard Beachhead
NYTimes - over 21 years
Laurence Olivier's magnificent version of "Henry V" (1945) really welded Shakespeare to the movie map. With the director (pictured with Renee Asherson) in the title role (like Kenneth Branagh in his more recent version), it provides stunning pageantry in sight and sound. There's a clever, transitional fade-in: a bored stage actor at the Old Globe.
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TV Weekend; On Point in a War Zone Called Urban America
NYTimes - about 23 years
"There Are No Children Here," a book by Alex Kotlowitz, formerly a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, chronicles the lives of two boys growing up in a Chicago housing project. The children are black. They live in what has come to be known as the other America, one often bearing a terrifying resemblance to a war zone. An adaptation of this
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TV Weekend; Friends Who Are Odd (Good Thing They're Rich)
NYTimes - over 24 years
"Masterpiece Theater" seems determined this season to grab every veteran actor in England for a dazzling twirl or two across the tube. Last week, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller and Patrick McGoohan endowed "The Best of Friends" with a shrewd elegance born of experience. Sunday, on Channel 13 at 9 P.M., the youngest cast members in an adaptation of
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GOING OUT GUIDE
NYTimes - almost 34 years
SALUTATIONS There's a lot of trans-Atlantic cultural saluting going on lately from Britain to New York. A part of Britain Salutes New York festival has begun in the film series now in the Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2 at the Museum of Modern Art, 18 West 54th Street. ''A Salute to the National Film Archive, British Film Institute'' is screening 18
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GOING OUT GUIDE
NYTimes - about 35 years
JUST FOR LAUGHS Rodney Dangerfield and Robert Klein are both comedians but they are in different leagues, both major, of course. But the former, proprietor of Dangerfield's, 1118 First Avenue, at 61st Street (593-1680), is a connoisseur of all kinds of humor, so it makes sense that he has booked the latter into his nightclub from today through
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 98
    She never remarried. She died on 30 October 2014, aged 99.
    More Details Hide Details Among her surviving relatives are her nephew, the journalist Neal Ascherson.
  • 1996
    Age 80
    In 1996, she played Emily Simpson in 'The Killings at Badger's Drift', the pilot episode (approximately 20 minutes longer than the other episodes) in the long-running Midsomer Murders series; the original airdate of the pilot is 1997. Asherson was married to fellow actor Robert Donat from 1953 until his death in 1958.
    More Details Hide Details His severe asthma led to their separation, although a reconciliation had seemed possible just before the end of his life. Although Donat had three children from his previous marriage, they had no children together.
  • 1989
    Age 73
    In 1989, she played Mrs Bartholomew in the BBC children's series, Tom's Midnight Garden, from the novel for children by Philippa Pearce.
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  • 1985
    Age 69
    In 1985, she played the slow-witted Dora Bunner “Bunny” in the Miss Marple mystery A Murder is Announced starring Joan Hickson and Ursula Howells.
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  • 1984
    Age 68
    She played Lady Margaret, opposite Alec Guinness' Sir Fennimore, Truscott, in the full-length, 1984 television play, Edwin, by John Mortimer, which also starred Paul Rogers.
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  • 1978
    Age 62
    In 1978, she portrayed Mother Ancilla in the Armchair Thriller adaptation of the Antonia Fraser novel Quiet as a Nun, and appeared as Mrs Wainwright in the 1979 TV miniseries A Man Called Intrepid.
    More Details Hide Details In 1981, Asherson played the role of Sylvia Ashburton in the first season and for eight episodes of Tenko.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1969
    Age 53
    In 1969, she played the role of a witch in an episode of Strange Report.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1953
    Age 37
    From 1953 through 1956, she appeared in five episodes of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents.
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  • 1947
    Age 31
    At the Aldwych Theatre, she played Beatrice to Donat's Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing in 1947 and Stella in the first London production of A Streetcar Named Desire in 1949.
    More Details Hide Details The latter production was directed by Laurence Olivier, with Vivien Leigh as Blanche. She also performed at the Apollo Theatre in 1956, the Criterion Theatre also in 1956, St Martin's Theatre in 1962, the Savoy Theatre in 1963 and 1977 and the Theatre Royal, York in 1973 and 1976. Asherson's first major film appearance was in the World War II film The Way Ahead (1944) as Marjorie Gillingham. In her second film appearance, she drew from her experience as a Shakespearean actress as she played Princess Katherine in Laurence Olivier's film adaption of Henry V (1944). Asherson followed this by playing Iris in The Way to the Stars (1945) starring John Mills. Donat and Asherson reprised their stage roles in The Cure for Love (1949). His only film as director, it was during its production that the couple fell in love. Later they appeared together in The Magic Box (1951). She starred as the mother of the troubled Madeleine Hinde in The Smashing Bird I Used to Know (1969), and appeared in the Douglas Hickox horror film Theatre of Blood (1973) as Michael Hordern's wife. Asherson made an appearance in Grey Owl (1999). Asherson's last-known film role was as the Old Lady in Alejandro Amenábar's The Others (2001).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1945
    Age 29
    Asherson appeared at other venues. It was at the Westminster Theatre that she gained especially good notices for her appearance in Walter Greenwood's The Cure for Love in 1945 with Robert Donat.
    More Details Hide Details Laurence Olivier wanted her to join his company at the Old Vic, but she chose to continue working with Donat instead.
  • 1942
    Age 26
    In 1942, Asherson continued her work in Shakespearean plays at three theatres: the New Theatre, the Liverpool Playhouse and the Westminster Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she appeared in two non-Shakespearean roles: Henriette Duquesnoy in The Mask of Virtue at the Mercury Theatre and Rose in Lottie Dundass at the Vaudeville Theatre. She returned to the New Theatre for the 1947–1948 season, appearing in such roles as Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, The Queen in Richard II, and Marya Antonovna in Nikolai Gogol's The Government Inspector.
  • 1941
    Age 25
    Asherson appeared at the New Theatre as Blanche in July 1941 before resuming her tour with the Old Vic company.
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  • 1940
    Age 24
    Asherson toured with the Old Vic company from 1940 through 1941 in the roles of Kate Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer, Maria in Twelfth Night, Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice, and Blanche in The Life and Death of King John.
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    She first appeared at the Old Vic theatre in May 1940 as Iris in The Tempest.
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  • 1937
    Age 21
    For eighteen months from 1937 through 1938, Asherson was a member of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre company.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1935
    Age 19
    Asherson made her first stage appearance on 17 October 1935, as a walk-on in John Gielgud's production of Romeo and Juliet, though she was also the second understudy for Juliet Capulet.
    More Details Hide Details It was the production in which Gielgud and Laurence Olivier alternated the roles of Romeo and Mercutio.
    Her first stage appearance was on 17 October 1935, aged 20, and her first major film appearance was in The Way Ahead (1944).
    More Details Hide Details Her last film appearance was in The Others (2001). Asherson was born in Kensington, London, the daughter of Charles Stephen Ascherson (1877 - 1945) and Dorothy Lilian Ascherson (née Wiseman; 1881 - 1975). Her father was of German-Jewish extraction. She was brought up in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, as well as Switzerland and Anjou. She later trained for the stage at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1915
    Born
    Born on May 19, 1915.
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