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Terry, Ellen Alice


Born Feb. 27,1847, in Coventry, Warwickshire; died July 21, 1928, in Small Hythe, near the city of Tenterden, Kent. British actress.

Terry came from a family of actors and first appeared on the stage at the age of nine. She toured the country from 1859 to 1863 and in 1867–68. From 1878 to 1902 she was the leading actress at the Lyceum Theatre, which was managed by H. Irving, with whom she appeared regularly until 1898. Terry’s art was democratic and sincere and was imbued with love of mankind. She played Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet; Marguerite in Goethe’s Faust; Olivia in W. G. Wills’ Olivia, an adaptation of Goldsmith’s The Vicar of Wakefield; and Portia, Viola, and Beatrice in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, and Much Ado About Nothing. She was the manager of the Imperial Theatre in 1902–03, where she staged, jointly with her son, E. G. Craig, Much Ado About Nothing and Ibsen’s The Vikings at Helgeland, with herself as Hiordis. She appeared in 1906 at the Court Theatre as Lady Cecily Waynflete in Captain Brassbound’s Conversion, which G. B. Shaw had written for her.

From 1910 to 1915, Terry toured Great Britain, the USA, and Australia, lecturing on Shakespeare and illustrating the lectures with performances of excerpts from his plays. Her sisters Kate Terry (1844–1924), Florence Terry (1854–96), and Marion Terry (1856–1930) and her brother Fred Terry (1863–1933) were also actors.


The Story of My Life. London, 1908.
Ellen Terry and Bernard Shaw: A Correspondence. New York, 1931.
In Russian translation:
Istoriia moiei zhizni. Leningrad-Moscow, 1963.


Craig, E. G. Ellen Terry and Her Secret Self. London, 1931.
Manvell, R. Ellen Terry. London, 1968.


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Inset below, John Gielgud, who presented her with the prestigious Ellen Terry Cup.
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The Collected Letters of Ellen Terry, Volume Three, 1894-1898
She spent the Easter term at the university, living on campus where she was able to research, talk and write about Ellen Terry, the great Victorian actress and her daughter, Edith Craig, whose only memoirs have been owned by Ann since 1978.
The 2009 award shortlist is comprised of: A Strange Eventful History by Michael Holroyd, about the lives of Ellen Terry and Henry Irving; Bloomsbury Ballerina by Judith Mackrell, a biography of the ballerina Lydia Lopokova; Apprenticeship by director and playwright Peter Gill, a diary of his time acting in Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle at the RSC; and Arthur Miller by Christopher Bigsby, a biography of the playwright.
Along with his other accomplishments as a mathematician, Anglican churchman and famous author, Carroll recorded his own attendance at no less than 400 theatrical performances in about four decades in a time when Ellen Terry, Charles Kean and Frederick Robson were players, Gilbert and Sullivan were putting on premiers, and J.
His mother, Kate Gielgud, came from the respected Terry family, which had produced his great aunt Ellen Terry - herself a legend - and a woman who had worked with Sir Henry Irving, one of the first of the great theatre knights.
Then comes his romantic period, the seven years of his affair with Ellen Terry, their lovely little high roofed hideout in Hertfordshire, a towered house hidden in the woods for Lord Cowper, a walled kitchen garden or Camelot for cabbages at Castle Ashby, and a hill-top castle in Limerick, fortified against Fenians without, and a mixture of Japanese and Gothic within.
As a great admirer of Ellen Terry, I agree with Bernard Shaw who considered her 'one of the greatest letter-writers who ever lived', but I found these letters to 'Amey' Stansfield extremely boring although they may prove invaluable to students as a considerable amount of new information is provided by the author's notes.