Joy Melville Ellen Terry

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Ellen Terry

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Ellen Terry (1847-1928) rose to fame as an actress in the 19th century, when her stage partnership with Henry Irving at London’s Lyceum Theatre drew capacity crowds. She was notorious for flaunting the moral code of her day, marrying three times and having illegitimate children

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'I thought I knew 'Nell' but only Joy Melville in this beautifully illustrated book succeeds in giving us the full colour of an actress whom every woman wanted to emulate and every man wanted to seduce.' (Sir Donald Sinden)

‘ . . . A generous selection of lovely photographs of the subject striking diva-like poses – one of the things that makes this book a joy from start to finish.’ (David McLaurin The Tablet)

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Ellen Terry (1847-1928) rose to fame as an actress in the 19th century, when her stage partnership with Henry Irving at London's Lyceum Theatre drew capacity crowds. She was notorious for flaunting the moral code of her day, marrying three times - first, at 17, to the painter G F Watts (who sent her back to her parents after a few months with a sum of GBP 300 a year 'so long as she shall lead a chaste life') - and then living with her lover, Edward Godwin by whom she had two illegitimate children. A perfectionist on stage, she was cruelly forced to continue to act beyond a point she found appropriate in order to earn enough money to support her children: 'Look at me, 61 and still doing one-night stands', she said to a friend. As her sight and memory worsened, and her partnership with Irving ended, her acting career closed. She reinvented herself as a lecturer, touring Britain and America speaking on Shakespeare's heroines.

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