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STR 2020 Theatre Book Prize Winner announced – Society for Theatre Research

[18th June 2020] Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh by Alan Strachan has been awarded the Society for Theatre Research Theatre Book Prize (for books published in 2019). The announcement was made … Continue reading


Uncle Frank Matcham | Gralefrit Theology

[Theatre architect Frank Matcham], second of nine children of Elizabeth and Charles, was born at East Street, Newton Abbot on November 22, 1854. His father, who was manager of the … Continue reading


Rochdale News | News Headlines | Appeal for Gracie Fields memories for new biography – Rochdale Online

It is 40 years next year since the death of Rochdale and Britain’s first superstar, Dame Gracie Fields. To commemorate the anniversary, Seb. Lassandro, the president of the Dame Gracie … Continue reading

05/19/2018 · 1 Comment

The Life of Actress, Mary Wells – All Things Georgian

Mary Stephens Davies was baptised on 14th December 1761 in the village of Little Haywood near Colwich, Staffordshire, the daughter of Thomas Davies and his wife, Anna. At the tender age of … Continue reading

03/16/2018 · 2 Comments

DEBORAH KERR – A&E Biography narrated by Irish actress Dearbhla Molloy.

DEBORAH KERR – A&E Biography narrated by Irish actress Dearbhla Molloy. Enjoy!

10/28/2016 · Leave a comment

A Very Short Biography of George Bernard Shaw | Interesting Literature

The interesting life of the great playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was a prolific writer of plays but also of essays justifying his plays: the two (double-columned) volumes of his … Continue reading

09/27/2016 · Leave a comment

Armin Mueller-Stahl is 85 Today

Armin Mueller-Stahl is one of my favourite actors so I could not let the day pass without acknowledging his birthday. Armin Mueller-Stahl was born in Tilsit, East Prussia (now Sovetsk, Kaliningrad … Continue reading

12/17/2015 · Leave a comment

Happy 116th Birthday Noel Coward | Waldina

Today is the 116th birthday of the man that once said: “I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.” He was an , and … Continue reading

12/16/2015 · 2 Comments

Happy 91st Birthday James Baldwin

Originally posted on Waldina:
Today is the 91st birthday of the poet James Baldwin.  The world is a better place because he was in it and still feels the loss that…

08/02/2015 · 4 Comments

Memoirs of a Professional Cad | Silver Screenings

Originally posted on Silver Screenings. We have a soft spot for urbane, smooth-talking movie characters. A character like that is as much of a treat as a second helping of dessert. The person who … Continue reading

05/31/2015 · 2 Comments

Imogene Coca – Style Icon

Originally posted on Waldina:
Today is the 96th birthday of Imogene Coca.  There are a lot of people whose lives seem less remembered than others and less recognition is paid…

11/19/2014 · Leave a comment

People : Jean Genet, Novelist & Playwright, Prison , Prostitution, And Sexual Fantasy Coloured His Life…

Originally posted on stuartshieldgardendesign:
Jean Genet (19 December 1910 – 15 April 1986) was a prominent and controversial French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life…

11/10/2014 · Leave a comment

People : W Somerset Maugham, Playwright, Author, Mr Short Story Perhaps The Most Famous Ambulance Driver Ever….

Originally posted on stuartshieldgardendesign:
William Somerset Maugham (25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of…

11/08/2014 · Leave a comment

People : Ruth Prawer Jhabvala , Novelist & Screenwriter, The Third And Valuable Member Of Merchant Ivory Productions …..

Originally posted on stuartshieldgardendesign:
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, CBE (7 May 1927 – 3 April 2013) was a German-born British and American Booker prize-winning novelist, short story writer and two-time Academy Award-winning…

10/06/2014 · Leave a comment

People : James Ivory , Master Film Director, Brought E M Forster To Millions Amongst Other Things ….

Originally posted on stuartshieldgardendesign:
James Francis Ivory (born June 7, 1928) is an American film director. For many years he worked extensively with Indian-born film producer Ismail Merchant, and screenwriter…

10/06/2014 · Leave a comment

People : Ismail Merchant, A Passenger From India Who Changed The Face Of Cinema ….

Originally posted on stuartshieldgardendesign:
Ismail Merchant (25 December 1936 – 25 May 2005) was an Indian-born film producer and director. He worked for many years in collaboration with Merchant Ivory…

10/06/2014 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Greta Garbo

Originally posted on Waldina:
Today is the 109th birthday of Greta Garbo. NAME: Greta Garbo OCCUPATION: Actress, Pin-up BIRTH DATE: September 18, 1905 DEATH DATE: April 15, 1990 EDUCATION: Royal…

09/18/2014 · Leave a comment

An actor’s life for me: Lena Ashwell

Originally posted on The Library Time Machine:
The first time I read the name Lena Ashwell was in connection with a production in 1902 of the Japan-set drama The Darling…

09/18/2014 · Leave a comment

Sir Henry (John Henry Brodribb) Irving

Henry Irving 6th February 1838 – 13th October 1905 Ellen Terry & Henry Irving – Vicar of Wakefield by FirstNightVintage Henry Irving was born John Henry Brodribb in Somerset to a … Continue reading

05/28/2014 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Elsa Lanchester

Originally posted on Waldina:
Yesterday Was Elsa Lanchester’s 111st birthday.  I tried to include a wide range of photos because if you are like me, you will have had no…

10/29/2013 · Leave a comment