Julie Harris

Julie Harris

Biography Julie Harris has a small physique and a powerful personality. In a career extending over half a century, she has been a gifted and very successful theatre performer who as also made the occasional film. She was born in 1925 into a wealthy family. After attending the drama school at Yale, she made her […]

Judith Anderson

Judith Anderson

Biography Judith Anderson (1897-1992) was born in Australia and, in 1915, began her professional acting career there. In 1918, she went to America and spent five years in stock and touring companies. From 1924 until 1934, she played on Broadway and in touring companies, attracting some critical recognition. Her first great success cam when she […]

Judi Dench

Judi Dench

Biography Judi Dench (b. 1934) is the most talented and popular living British actress. She studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and has been a major star of the British stage since the 1950s, performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and at the Old Vic Theatre.

Johnston Forbes-Robertson

Johnston Forbes-Robertson

Biography Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937) was widely considered to have been the greatest Hamlet of his age. Tall and gaunt, he had a magnificent speaking voice and a graceful, elegant style of acting. He was the son of John Forbes-Robertson of Aberdeen, an art critic. Intending to be an artist, he studied at the Royal […]

John Osborne

John Osborne

Biography John Osborne (1929-1994), the British playwright, had been an actor in a variety of provincial reps before his play, Look Back in Anger, was accepted by George Devine who had just formed the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre. The play, which premiered on May 8, 1956, was an outstanding success and […]

John Gielgud

John Gielgud

Biography Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000) was an outstanding British actor whose illustrious career extended for almost eighty years. He was born into a famous acting family: his great-aunt was Ellen Terry; his great-uncle was Fred Terry who created the role of The Scarlet Pimpernel; his grandmother, Kate Terry Gielgud, played Cordelia at the age of […]

John Clements

John Clements

Biography Sir John Clements (1910-1989) was a distinguished British actor, theatre manager, director and writer. In 1930, he made his stage debut in Out of the Blue at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. He then spent some years touring with Ben Greet’s Company. In 1935, he founded Intimate Theatre in Palmer’s Green, London, and organized weekly […]

Isabel Jay

Isabel Jay

Biography Isabel Jay (1879-1927) was a principal D’Oyly Carte soprano who became a star of musical drama. Sadly, her illustrious career was cut short by her early death.

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