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John Gielgud (1904-2000), Actor and theatre director

Sir John Gielgud

Sitter in 113 portraits
Born into a theatrical tradition - Ellen Terry was his great aunt and his father's Polish grandmother was also an actress. He made his professional debut in 1921 at the Old Vic and it was there that his performances in Richard II and Hamlet in 1929 propelled him to fame. Gielgud's fame before the War was as a Shakespearean actor and director, skills he re-deployed in the triumphant one-man Shakespeare recital, Ages of Man, with which he toured the world in 1959. A versatile talent, he directed and played in Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not for Burning in 1949. He won an Oscar for his film role in Arthur (1981). As late as 1998 he starred in The Titchborne Claimant.

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John Gielgud; Cecil Winter

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
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John Gielgud as Romeo in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
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John Gielgud; Dame Peggy Ashcroft

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
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John Gielgud; Dame Peggy Ashcroft

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
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John Gielgud

by Gordon Anthony
bromide print, 1937
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John Gielgud as Richard II

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
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John Gielgud as Richard II

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
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John Gielgud as Richard II

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
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John Gielgud

by Paul Tanqueray
cream-toned vintage print, 1939
NPG x15484

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John Gielgud

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on card mount, early 1950s
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John Gielgud

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print, 1951
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John Gielgud

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print, 1951
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John Gielgud

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print, 1951
NPG x30481

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John Gielgud

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1953
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John Gielgud

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1953
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John Gielgud

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1953
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