Charles Ashton and British Silent Films

British Silent Film Star – Charles Ashton

Dame Ellen Terry

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(1847 1928)  (Dame (Alice) Ellen Terry by Cyril Roberts. Chalk, 1923). Image held at the National Portrait Gallery collection Accessed 1 December 2009

Ellen Terry, born into a theatrical family, became a leading Shakespearean actress when she joined Henry Irving’s company in 1878. She and Irving also toured with great success in America.

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, however, and she returned to acting and later also lectured. Late in her career, she appeared in films from 1916 until 1922 including: The Invasion of Britain (1918), Pillars of Society (1918), Victory and Peace, Potter’s Clay (1922), and The Bohemian Girl as Buda the nursemaid, with Ivor Novello and Gladys Cooper (1922). In 1925 Terry was made a Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire.

Information taken from: Accessed 1 December 2009

National Portrait Gallery photographs

Films with Charles Ashton

Mrs Halligan, widow in Pillars of Society (1920)


Written by anneramsden

March 11, 2010 at 5:54 pm

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