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Ellen Terry was one of the first modern stars of the British stage. A contemporary of Eleanora Duse and Sara Bernhardt, she acted opposite Henry Irving at the Lyceum Theatre. Her portrait was painted by the leading artists of her day, G. F. Watts and John Singer Sargent. Ellen Terry was a prolific letter writer, famously corresponding with George Bernard Shaw over a long period. A hard-working performer, she toured the UK and USA with the Lyceum company and later lectured in the UK, USA and Australia on Shakespeare’s female characters. A generous hearted and free-spirited woman, she was ahead of her time in many ways. 

Ellen Terry as Portia

As Lady Macbeth in the Beatle Dress

Ellen Terry at 16 years old

Ellen Terry with Henry Irving

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