Claire Bloom

Claire Bloom

Highest Rated: 97% Limelight (1952)

Lowest Rated: 0% Alexander the Great (1956)

Birthday: Feb 15, 1931

Birthplace: Not Available

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.

Highest Rated Movies



37% Max Rose Eva Rose $56.9K 2016
43% And While We Were Here Grandma Eves 2013
95% The King's Speech Queen Mary $138.4M 2010
No Score Yet Great Performances Actor 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 Kalamazoo? Eleanor 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
31% Imagining Argentina Mrs. Sternberg 2004
95% Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin Actor 2004
No Score Yet Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed Narrator 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 Shakespeare's Women & Claire Bloom Actor 1998
No Score Yet Wrestling with Alligators Lulu Fraker 1998
No Score Yet What the Deaf Man Heard Mrs. Tynan 1997
25% 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
83% The Age of Innocence Actor 1993
No Score Yet Barbara Taylor Bradford's 'Remember' Anne 1993
No Score Yet Camomile Lawn Actor 1992
93% Crimes and Misdemeanors Miriam Rosenthal 1989
No Score Yet The Lady and the Highwayman Lady Emma Darlington 1989
89% 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 This Lightning Always Strikes Twice Actor 1985
No Score Yet Florence Nightingale Fanny Nightingale 1985
No Score Yet King John Actor 1984
No Score Yet Separate Tables Miss Cooper 1983
No Score Yet Cymbeline Actor 1982
68% Clash of the Titans Hera 1981
No Score Yet Backstairs at the White House Actor 1979
No Score Yet Henry VIII Katharine 1979
88% 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
No Score Yet A Severed Head Honor Klein 1971
38% The Illustrated Man Felicia 1969
63% Charly Alice Kinian 1968
No Score Yet High Infidelity (alta Infedelta) Laura [Sin In The Afternoon] 1965
87% The Spy Who Came In from the Cold Nan Perry 1965
No Score Yet The Outrage Wife 1964
87% The Haunting Theodora 1963
No Score Yet 80,000 Suspects Julie Monks 1963
No Score Yet The Chapman Report Naomi Shields 1962
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
92% Look Back in Anger Helena Charles 1958
30% The Brothers Karamazov Katya 1957
84% 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


82% Doc Martin
Margaret Ellingham 2014
No Score Yet Mystery!
Aunt Ada Marie Hewitt 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Marion Whitney 2004
No Score Yet American Playhouse
80% Brideshead Revisited
Lady Marchmain
No Score Yet Great Performances
88% Summer of Rockets


Dr. John Markway says: That's very good, Eleanor. You catch on quickly.

Theodora says: (gets jealous and stands up) - I'm hungry. Let's go.

Theodora says: I don't think you killed your mother.

Luke Sanderson says: (when the group compares themselves to four statues) - Which one am I?

Theodora says: You're the dog.

Eleanor Vance says: (panicking) - But where?

Dr. John Markway says: Home of course.

Theodora says: Back to your little apartment, where all your things are.

Dr. John Markway says: Now. Which door?

Theodora says: That one.

Dr. John Markway says: Wrong. I've studied the map, it's this one. - [goes to his right and walks straight into the broom cupboard]

Theodora says: What would you call this place? Fun-o-rama?

Eleanor Vance says: What scares you, Theodora?

Theodora says: Knowing what I really want.

Theodora says: Poor Nell. You look like Death.

Theodora says: Poor Nell. You look like death.

Theodora says: Haven't you noticed how nothing in this house seems to move until you look away and then you just...catch something out of the corner of your eye?

Theodora says: Haven't you noticed how nothing in this house seems to move until you look away and then you just catch something out of the corner of your eye?

Dr. John Markway says: It has taken 60 million years to develop the carnivorous biped you see before you, Luke Sanderson.

Theodora says: Let's see what kind of martinis it makes.

Luke Sanderson says: They should be pretty good. I majored in them at college.

Theodora says: Is this another one of your crazy ideas?

Eleanor Vance says: I'm not crazy!

Theodora says: Crazy as a loon! You really expect me to believe that you're sane and the rest of the world is mad?

Eleanor Vance says: Well why not? The world is full of inconsistencies. Full of unnatural beings, nature's mistakes they call you for instance!