From her first film role in Charlie Chaplin’s 1952 Limelight to her performance in 2010’s The King’s Speech, Claire Bloom has remained a favorite of many acclaimed directors. Bloom’s family moved to Florida to escape the Blitz in 1941, and Bloom began performing on radio shows and at a local hotel. After the family returned to London in 1943, she earned a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at age thirteen and made her London stage debut at sixteen alongside Richard Burton in Christopher Fry’s acclaimed The Lady’s Not for Burning. She went on to act in a number of theater and film roles, including Blanche in a highly praised 1974 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, a performance that delighted Tennessee Williams. She starred opposite Burton again in 1959’s Look Back in Anger and 1965’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. While she won a BAFTA for 1985’s Shadowlands and an Emmy for 1987’s The Belle of Amherst, she also earned praise for TV miniseries including Brideshead Revisited and Anna Karenina. In 2013 Bloom was made a Commander of the British Empire.
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