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Claire Bloom



While taking drama lessons at Badminton, Guildhall School, and the Central School of Speech and Drama, Claire Bloom began appearing on BBC radio, and made her stage debut at 15 with the Oxford Repertory. She made her London bow in 1947, and the following year was effusively praised for her performance as Ophelia in a Stratford-upon-Avon production of Hamlet. Also in 1948, she appeared in her first film, The Blind Goddess (1948).



While gainfully employed at the Old Vic in 1952, Bloom was selected by Charlie Chaplin to portray the suicidal ballerina Terry in Chaplin's Limelight. Though the film was inadequately distributed due to Chaplin's "questionable" political beliefs, Limelight made Bloom an overnight star -- after only nine years in the business. Her next major film assignment was Lady Anne in Olivier's Richard III (1955), which led to a steady stream of costume roles in films like Alexander the Great (1956), The Brothers Karamazov (1959), The Buccaneer (1959), and The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962). Of her "contemporary" film roles, several are standouts: the sexually unstable housewife in The Chapman Report, the lesbian psychic in The Haunting (1963), the compassionate psychiatrist in Charly (1968), and Martin Landau's Jewish-suburbanite wife in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). Her TV work has included Edith Galt Wilson in Backstairs at the White House (1979) and Lady Marchman in Brideshead Revisited (1982). Whenever her schedule has allowed, Bloom has returned to her first love, the theater; her favorite stage role is Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. Married three times, Bloom's first husband was actor Rod Steiger, with whom she co-starred in 3 Into 2 Won't Go (1969) and The Illustrated Man (1969); her second was producer Hillard Elkins, who packaged Bloom's 1973 film version of The Doll's House; and her third was novelist Philip Roth. In 1982, Claire Bloom published her autobiography, Limelight and After: The Education of an Actress.



Bloom would remain active on screen in the decades to come, appearing most notably in movies like Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Age of Innocence, Mighty Aphrodite, and the King's Speech.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
35% Max Rose
  • Eva Rose
2016
43% And While We Were Here
  • Grandma Eves
2013
95% The King's Speech
  • Queen Mary
2010
No Score Yet Florence Nightingale
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet House of Life: The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague
  • Narrator
2007
No Score Yet The Ten Commandments
  • Rani
2006
No Score Yet Tony Palmer's Classic Film of John Osborne and the Gift of Friendship
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Daniel and the Superdogs
  • Actor
  • Director
2005
44% The Republic of Love
  • Onion
2004
33% Imagining Argentina
  • Mrs. Sternberg
2004
No Score Yet Islands in the Stream
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Poetry Corner
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Chaplin Today: Limelight
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Book of Eve (Histoire d'Ève)
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Yesterday's Children
  • Margaret
2000
No Score Yet Tales from the Madhouse
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Shakespeare's Women & Claire Bloom
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet The Lady in Question
  • Emma Sachs
1999
No Score Yet Wrestling with Alligators
  • Lulu Fraker
1998
No Score Yet What the Deaf Man Heard
  • Mrs. Tynan
1997
26% Daylight
  • Eleanor Trilling
1996
77% Mighty Aphrodite
  • Amanda's Mother
1995
No Score Yet The Princess and the Goblin
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Shameless
  • Liz Stringer
1994
No Score Yet A Village Affair
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Barbara Taylor Bradford's 'Remember'
  • Anne
1993
No Score Yet Camomile Lawn
  • Actor
1992
93% Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • Miriam Rosenthal
1989
88% Sammy and Rosie
  • Alice
1987
No Score Yet Intimate Contact
  • Ruth
1987
No Score Yet Queenie
  • Vicky
1987
No Score Yet Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna
  • Alexandra
1986
No Score Yet Hold the Dream
  • Edwina
1986
No Score Yet Deja Vu
  • Eleanor Harvey
1985
No Score Yet Shadowlands
  • Joy Davidman
1985
No Score Yet Florence Nightingale
  • Fanny Nightingale
1985
No Score Yet This Lightning Always Strikes Twice
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet King John
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Separate Tables
  • Miss Cooper
1983
No Score Yet Cymbeline
  • Actor
1982
66% Clash of the Titans
  • Hera
1981
No Score Yet Backstairs at the White House
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Henry VIII
  • Katharine
1979
80% Islands in the Stream
  • Audrey
1977
No Score Yet A Doll's House
  • Nora Helmer
1973
No Score Yet The Going Up of David Lev
  • Actor
1973
42% The Illustrated Man
  • Felicia
1969
71% Charly
  • Alice Kinian
1968
No Score Yet High Infidelity (alta Infedelta)
  • Laura [Sin In The Afternoon]
1965
85% The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
  • Nan Perry
1965
No Score Yet The Outrage
  • Wife
1964
86% The Haunting
  • Theodora
1963
No Score Yet 80,000 Suspects
  • Julie Monks
1963
No Score Yet The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
  • Dorothea Grimm
1962
No Score Yet Brainwashed (Schachnovelle)
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet Anna Karenina
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet The Buccaneer
  • Bonnie Brown
1958
89% Look Back in Anger
  • Helena Charles
1958
22% The Brothers Karamazov
  • Katya
1957
80% Richard III
  • Lady Anne Neville
1956
0% Alexander the Great
  • Barsine
1956
No Score Yet The Man Between
  • Susan Mallinson
1953
No Score Yet Innocents in Paris
  • Susan Robbins
1953
97% Limelight
  • Terry, a Ballet Dancer
1952
No Score Yet The Chapman Report
  • Actor
1952

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Actor
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Marion Whitney

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