Claire Bloom

Actor, Author
Described as exquisitely beautiful and radiant, Claire Bloom was already a star of the British stage when Charlie Chaplin introduced her delicate features to the world in "Limelight" (1952). Her sensitive performance as ... Read more »
Born: 02/14/1931 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (81)

Kalamazoo? 2014 (Movie)

Eleanor (Actor)

Max Rose 2012 (Movie)

Eva Rose (Actor)

And While We Were Here 2011 (Movie)

Grandma Eves (Actor)

The King's Speech 2010 (Movie)

Queen Mary (Actor)

Doctor Who 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ned Rorem: Word and Music 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jericho 2 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

By the Pricking of My Thumbs 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ten Commandments (ABC) 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Imagining Argentina 2004 (Movie)

Mrs. Sternberg (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Book of Eve 2003 (Movie)

Eva Smallwood (Actor)

The Republic of Love 2003 (Movie)

Onion (Actor)

Criminal Instinct: Love & Murder 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Lady in Question 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Wrestling With Alligators 2000 (Movie)

Lulu Fraker (Actor)

Brush Up Your Shakespeare 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Imogen's Face 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Shakespeare's Women With Claire Bloom 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie Chaplin: A Tramp's Life 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Man-Eaters of India 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

A Village Affair 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Daylight 1996 (Movie)

Eleanor Trilling (Actor)

Mighty Aphrodite 1995 (Movie)

Amanda's Mother (Actor)

Barbara Taylor Bradford's "Remember" 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Princess and the Goblin 1994 (Movie)

of Irene's Great Great Grandmother (Voice)

Mad Dogs and Englishmen 1992 (Movie)

Liz Stringer (Actor)

The Story of Anna Akhmatova 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 (Movie)

Miriam Rosenthal (Actor)

The Theban Plays 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sammy and Rosie Get Laid 1987 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Shadowlands 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Promises to Keep 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ghost Writer 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Deja Vu 1983 (Movie)

Eleanor Harvey (Actor)

Separate Tables 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Clash of the Titans 1981 (Movie)

Hera (Actor)

Backstairs at the White House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Henry VIII 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Islands in the Stream 1977 (Movie)

Audrey (Actor)

A Doll's House 1972 (Movie)

Nora Helmer (Actor)

Red Sky at Morning 1971 (Movie)

Ann Arnold (Actor)

A Severed Head 1969 (Movie)

Honor Klein (Actor)

The Illustrated Man 1969 (Movie)

Felicia (Actor)

Three Into Two Won't Go 1969 (Movie)

Frances (Actor)

Charly 1968 (Movie)

Alice Kinian (Actor)

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold 1965 (Movie)

Nan Perry (Actor)

The Haunting 1963 (Movie)

Theodora (Actor)

The Outrage 1963 (Movie)

Wife (Actor)

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 1962 (Movie)

Dorothea Grimm (Actor)

The Chapman Report 1961 (Movie)

Naomi (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Die Schachnovelle 1959 (Movie)

(Actor)

Look Back in Anger 1959 (Movie)

Helena Charles (Actor)

The Brothers Karamazov 1958 (Movie)

Katya (Actor)

The Buccaneer 1958 (Movie)

Bonnie Brown (Actor)

Alexander the Great 1956 (Movie)

Barsine (Actor)

Caesar and Cleopatra 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard III 1955 (Movie)

Lady Anne (Actor)

Limelight 1953 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

The Man Between 1953 (Movie)

Susanne (Actor)

Brideshead Revisited (Tv Show)

Actor

Ellis Island (TV Show)

Actor

Florence Nightingale (TV Show)

Actor

Hold the Dream (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Contact (TV Show)

Actor

It's Nothing Personal (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty (TV Show)

Actor

On Cukor (TV Show)

Actor

Queenie (TV Show)

Actor

Remember (Movie)

(Actor)

The Blind Goddess (Movie)

Mary Dearing (Actor)

The Lady and the Highwayman (TV Show)

Actor

The Lady in Question (Movie)

Emma Sachs (Actor)

What the Deaf Man Heard (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Chicago Hope 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Associate Producer

Biography

Described as exquisitely beautiful and radiant, Claire Bloom was already a star of the British stage when Charlie Chaplin introduced her delicate features to the world in "Limelight" (1952). Her sensitive performance as the ballet student Chaplin saves from a suicide attempt earned her the British Film Academy Award as Most Promising Newcomer, and the elegant, classically trained actress has remained in demand ever since, splitting her time between theater, film and TV. She distinguished herself onstage opposite some of the finest Shakespearean actors of the day, playing Ophelia to two Hamlets (Paul Scofield and first love Richard Burton) and Cordelia to John Gielgud, as well as Lady Anne to Laurence Olivier's "Richard III" in the 1955 film. She also made a smooth transition from ingenue to strong leading lady with portrayals of Nora ("A Doll's House"), "Hedda Gabler", Mary Queen of Scots ("Vivat! Vivat! Regina") and Blanche DuBois ("A Streetcar Named Desire") during the 1970s.

Relationships

Mary

Aunt
one of the two women (along with her mother) who profoundly influenced her

Edward Blume

Father
changed family name from Blumenthal Bloom later learned he was a compulsive gambler died three days after she had snubbed him (on the arm of his new wife) after a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" at London's Old Vic in the early 1950s

Elizabeth Blume

Mother
her family changed name from Griewski

John Blume

Brother
born c. 1936

Yul Brynner Actor

Companion
acted with him in two 1958 films, "The Buccaneer" and "The Brothers Karamozov"

Richard Burton Actor

Companion
acted with him and fell in love c. 1953, losing her virginity to him

Hillard Elkins

Husband
married on August 14, 1969 divorced in 1972

Laurence Olivier Actor

Companion
played Lady Anne to his Richard III in the 1955 film

Philip Roth

Husband
married on April 19, 1990 after living together since 1976 previously married to Margaret Martinson separated c. 1994 divorced in 1995 dedicated his novels "The Professor of Desire" and "Operation Shylock" to her had rather tempestuous marriage which he depicted in his fiction ("Deception") and she recounted in her nonfiction work "Leaving a Doll's House"

Rod Steiger Actor

Husband
Married Sept. 20, 1959; she was four months pregnant when they wed Divorced June 1969

Anna-Justine Steiger

Daughter
made New York City Opera debut in 1990

EDUCATION

Fern Hill Manor

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

London , England 1946 - 1948
studied with Eileen Thorndike

Badminton School

Central School of Speech and Drama

London , England 1947 - 1948

Milestones

2000

Led the cast of "Conversations After a Burial", produced in London

1998

Had stage triumph as Clytemnestra in a staging of Sophocles' "Electra", starring Zoe Wanamaker; garnered Tony nomination

1998

Portrayed a former silent movie star running a New Jersey rooming house in Laurie Weltz's "Wrestling With Alligators"

1997

Was underutilized as the agreeably disagreeable widow Tynan in CBS' "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "What the Deaf Man Heard"

1996

Acted the part of upper-class society doyenne Eleanor Trilling in "Daylight", starrring Sylvester Stallone

1996

Played Mary Tyrone as an angry anything-but-a-victim in American Repertory Theatre presentation of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night"

1995

Appeared briefly as Orlena Grimaldi on the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns"

1995

Portrayed chorus role in Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite"

1989

First collaboration with Woody Allen, playing Miriam Rosenthal, wife of Judah (Martin Landau) in "Crimes and Misdemeanors"

1988

Reteamed with director Tony Richardson for CBS miniseries "Beryl Markham: A Shadow in the Sun"

1985

Co-starred in British TV production of "Shadowlands" (shown in USA in 1986 on PBS and again in 1989 on A&E)

1984

Acted in "American Playhouse" (PBS) adaptation of then-companion Philip Roth's "The Ghostwriter"

1982

Appeared as Lady Marchmain opposite Olivier in the British miniseries "Brideshead Revisited" (shown in the USA on PBS); garnered an Emmy nomination

1981

Played Hera to Olivier's Zeus in "Clash of the Titans"

1976

Last Broadway appearance for 22 years, "The Innocents", an adaptation of Henry James' "Turn of the Screw" directed by Harold Pinter; a scathing review by Clive Barnes doomed it to a short run of 10 days

1974

Acted the part of Blanche DuBois in London revival of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1973

Essayed the role of Nora opposite Anthony Hopkins in stagy film of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House"; Bloom also played the role several times on stage

1972

Returned to Broadway as Mary, Quenn of Scots in "Vivat! Vivat! Regina!"

1968

Starred opposite husband Rod Steiger in two films, "Three Into Two Won't Go" and "The Illustrated Man"

1968

Portrayed sympathetic caseworker who becomes attatched to "Charly" (Cliff Robertson); role earned Robertson the Best Actor Oscar

1965

Reteamed with Burton for Martin Ritt's "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold"

1963

Exhibited lesbian tendencies and an extraordinary sense of ESP in Robert Wise's "The Haunting"

1959

Co-starred with soon-to-be husband Rod Steiger in Broadway's "Rashomon"

1959

Acted opposite Burton in Tony Richardson's film version of "Look Back in Anger"

1956

First film with Burton, "Alexander the Great"

1956

American TV debut, Roxanne opposite Jose Ferrer's "Cyrano de Bergerac" for "Producers Showcase" (NBC)

1956

Broadway debut, "Romeo and Juliet"; appeared with Old Vic Company

1955

Played Lady Anne to Laurence Olivier's "Richard III"

1952

Was member of the Old Vic Company; appeared in numerous Shakespearean roles including Juliet, Ophelia in "Hamlet" (opposite Richard Burton) and Cordelia in "King Lear"

1952

Acted opposite Chaplin in "Limelight"

1950

Performed in Peter Brook's staging of Jean Anouihl's "Ring Around the Moon" (also starring Scofield), which brought her to the attention of Charlie Chaplin

1948

Portrayed Ophelia opposite Paul Scofield's "Hamlet" at Stratford-on-Avon

1948

Feature film acting debut in "The Blind Goddess"

1947

London stage debut, "The White Devil"

1946

Stage acting debut at age 15 with the Oxford Repertory Company

1942

Returned to England

1940

Brought to the USA as a war evacuee during the London blitz and lived in Florida

Had lead in the independent film "Book of Eve" (lensed 2001-2002)

Toured the USA in one-person show, "These Are Women, a Portrait of Shakespeare's Heroines"

Bonus Trivia

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Roth crossed the line when he gave the tearful, histrionic, actress wife of his novel "Deception" the name Claire. Threatened with a lawsuit, he changed the character's name but still called the husband Philip.

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About her decision to write her brutally candid memoir of her marriage to Philip Roth: "I had a devestatingly dreadful end to what had been in many ways a wonderful marriage and thought it might help me to write about it and help other women. Philip always said, 'Be private in your life and shameless in your work.'" --Claire Bloom quoted in People, October 28, 1996.

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Early during their relationship, Roth insisted that Bloom's daughter Anna Steiger move out of her London home: "It wasn't about hatred for my daughter, though animosity may have been the catalyst--it was about control. Philip made character assessments the way surgeons make incisions. He knew I would make any compromise to support our relationship. If I was willing to jettison my daughter in this manner, what could I ever deny him? I know I was diminishing my own character with each successive act of capitulation. These confrontations left me debilitated and unsure, and were to shape many of my future decisions." --Excerpt from "Leaving a Doll's House" in Vanity Fair November 1996.

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On feeling herself an outsider: "It's a particular type of temperment. I've spent my life pursuing excellence as an artist, which is what I always wanted to do anyhow. I don't enjoy the life of an actress, but I don't want to go into that. I am interested in the art. I'm a professional woman." --Bloom to David Finkle in InTheater, December 18, 1998.

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