Ellen Terry

Ellen Terry

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An original vintage page, clearly signed & dated in ink by Ellen Terry London 1926


From the wonderful vintage 1920-30s autograph book of Bertha Sydney containing over 100 actors / politicians / sportsmen / writers and pioneers of the period. Most notably including ; Winston Churchill / David Lloyd George / Stanley Baldwin / M K Gandhi / Laurel & Hardy / Rudyard Kipling / G K Chesterton / Fay Wray & Jack Hobbs. Bertha Sydney was an actress and a member of the well known theatrical family which included film actor Basil Sydney (The Dam-Busters / Ivanhoe / Sea Wife & Treasure Island). She collected all the autographs for a decade after Christmas 1925. Some autographs are dedicated to her with additional messages and are dated. A typed letter & copy photographs are included to support the provenance and further detail the history written by her daughter (Sheila) who sold the book to us in 2018. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA 


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About Ellen Terry

Ellen Terry

ELLEN TERRY d1928. English actress who became the leading Shakespearean actress in Britain. Born into a family of actors, she began performing as a child, acting in Shakespeare plays in London and toured throughout the British provinces in her teens. At 16 she married the 46-year-old artist George Watts, but they separated within a year. She soon returned to the stage but began a relationship with the architect  Edward Godwin and retired from the stage for six years. She resumed acting in 1874 and was immediately acclaimed for her portrayal of roles in Shakespeare and other classics. In 1878 she joined Henry Irving's company as his leading lady and for more than the next two decades she was considered the leading Shakespearean and comic actress in Britain. In 1903 Terry took over management of London's Imperial Theatre focusing on the plays of George Bernard Shaw and Henrik Ibsen. The venture was a financial failure and she turned to touring and lecturing. She continued to find success on stage until 1920, while also appearing in films from 1916 to 1922. She died in Kent aged 81 on July 21st 1928


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