Dilys Powell(1901-1995), Film critic and writer
(Elizabeth) Dilys Powell
Sitter in 11 portraits
A key contributor to British film culture and a critic famed for her perceptive reviews, Powell was often the first to acknowledge new talent, such as that of Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood. She received a first-class degree from Oxford, where she met her first husband, the archaeologist Humfry Payne. After graduating, she was employed as Lady Ottoline Morrell's literary assistant, before joining the staff of The Sunday Times. There she became the film critic from 1939 to 1976 and later wrote for Punch and Sight & Sound. The author of several memoirs on Greece, including An Affair of the Heart (1957), her collected reviews, The Golden Screen: Fifty Years at the Films, were published in 1989. She was awarded the CBE in 1974 and a BFI Fellowship in 1983.
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by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1934