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Description - Ellen Terry by Joy Melville

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781904950141
ISBN-10: 1904950140
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 145mm x 23mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Haus Publishing Limited
Publisher: Haus Publishing Limited
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Joy Melville

Joy Melville first worked for Punch magazine and was the Assistant Editor of New Society. She has written three books: Ellen and Edy (a joint biography of Ellen Terry and her daughter), The Mother of Oscar (a biography of Speranza, Lady Wilde) and Julia Margaret Cameron (a biography of the Victorian pioneer photographer).

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