Person Female Born 5/7/1755 Died 8/6/1831
Actress. Born Brecon, Wales, eldest sister of Charles Kemble. 1773 married the actor William Siddons. Came to London in 1782 and was renowned for her Shakespearean roles. Died at home at 27 Upper Baker Street, the section north of Marylebone Road. 5,000 mourners at her funeral.
In the 1950 film 'All about Eve', in which Bette Davis plays a self-obsessed, ageing actress, the plot includes the award of a statuette for 'Distinguished Achievement in Theatre'. This statuette is based on the Reynolds' portrait of Siddons, shown here, 'Mrs Siddons as the Tragic Muse', as is the Paddington Green statue. The excellent Art of Film has freeze frames from the film showing the statuette so you can compare it with the statue, and both with the painting.