Person    | Female  Born 18/3/1847  Died 21/7/1928

Ellen Terry

Categories: Theatre

Born in Coventry. From an acting family her stage career started at age 8. When 17 she retired from the stage to marry artist G.F. Watts, 30 years her senior. Her desire for the stage was greater than that for her husband and they separated after less than a year. She disappeared and her father misidentified a body recovered from the Thames as hers. She resurfaced to reveal that she was, aged 20, having a happy affair with the architect-designer Edward W. Godwin, which produced two children. She went on to have two more marriages, each to actors (Irving and an American 30 years her junior), but her greatest partnership was professional, with the actor/manager Henry Irving. Died at her home in Kent, Smallhythe, which is now a museum. John Gielgud was her great-nephew.

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Ellen Terry

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Ellen Terry - SW3

Ellen Terry, the great actress, lived here from 1904 to 1920.

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Ellen Terry - SW5

London County Council Ellen Terry, 1847-1928, actress, lived here.

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Queen's Theatre - Long Acre

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