Sunday, February 14, 2010

Claire Bloom

Claire Bloom was born Patricia Claire Blume on February 15, 1931 in London, England. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Grew and Edward Max Blume.

Claire Bloom began her training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Claire Bloom made her debut on BBC radio programmes. She made her stage debut in 1946, when she was 15, with the Oxford Repertory Theatre. Her London stage debut was in 1947 in the hit Christopher Fry play The Lady's Not For Burning.

Claire Bloom made her film debut in The Blind Goddess (1948).

In 1951, she was chosen by Charlie Chaplin to appear in his film Limelight. She received excellent reviews for her performance and this role made her a star.

Claire Bloom appeared in The Man Between (1953), Richard III (1955), Alexander the Great (1956), The Brothers Karamazov (1958), The Buccaneer (1958), The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989).

In 1981, she provided the voice of Beauty in Beauty and the Beast.

Claire Bloom's Broadway debut was in King Richard II. She also appeared in Electra, A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, and Romeo and Juliet. She was nominated for a Tony for Electra. She has won two Drama Desk Awards.

Claire Bloom received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special for Brideshead Revisited (1981).

As with other maturing actress during the 1970s, Claire looked toward classy film roles in TV-movies like Backstairs at the White House (1979).

From 1993 to 1995, she played Orlena Grimaldi on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns.

Claire Bloom continues to appear in movies, television and on the stage. Her most recent role was on Doctor Who.

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