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 7 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
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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 12 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
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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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  • 1945
    Age 65
    Died on October 31, 1945.
  • 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.
  • 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".
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    In 1932, Ainley was part of the effort to save the debt-laden Sadler's Wells theatre.
    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.
    He was also the father of Henrietta Riddle who was briefly engaged to Alistair Cooke in 1932.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 1915
    Age 35
    Ainley played Joseph Quinney in Quinneys' on stage in 1915 and on film in 1919.
  • 1902
    Age 22
    He found fame in 1902 as Paolo in Paolo and Francesca.
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  • 1879
    Born on August 21, 1879.
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