Pursuing Ellen Terry

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth by John Singer Sargent

I’ve become quite interested in the actress Ellen Terry and plan to devote several blog posts to her this week.  One of the most popular performers of her day, Terry was briefly married to artist G.F. Watts, worked repeatedly with Sir Henry Irving, and had a famous correspondence with Bernard Shaw.

I happened upon this fabulous video, a rare treasure that shares brief footage of Terry in a silent film and a sound recording of her voice.  “The quality of mercy is not strained…”

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3 Responses to Pursuing Ellen Terry

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Oh, how wonderful! To hear her blessed voice! I am a great devotee of Miss Terry’s. She was one of the women I focused on for my senior thesis, and I have been fascinated by her ever since. I’ve read her autobiography twice and her son’s biography of her. I also have been reading, off and on, the letters between her and George Bernard Shaw. I have also read her friend Alice Comyns Carr’s memoirs, which gives a little extra perspective on some of the productions.

    Have you been to her cottage in Smallhythe in Kent? It is so beautiful!

    Anyway, I look forward to seeing your posts!

  2. Kathryn Frearson via Facebook says:

    Such an amazing dress made with jewel beetles “The picture of me is nearly finished, and I think it is magnificent. The green and blue of the dress is splendid, and the expression as Lady Macbeth holds the crown over her head is quite wonderful . . .” ~ Ellen Terry

  3. Leslie says:

    Thanks you so much for this. I have been collecting photos and reading about Ellen Terry since the first time I taught Macbeth and showed my class photos of the beetle dress and her portrait. We will listen to her tomorrow.

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