Claire Bloom(1931-), Actress
Sitter in 18 portraits
Born in London, Bloom established a reputation as a Shakespearean actress first at Straford-upon-Avon in 1948 and then at the Old Vic in 1952. Played Cordelia opposite John Gielgud in King Lear in 1955. Her film career included appearing with Chaplin in Limelight (1952), Laurence Olivier in Richard III (1955) and Richard Burton in Look Back in Anger (1958). Bloom's memoirs, Leaving a Doll's House were published in 1996.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
by Norman Parkinson
bromide print, 1953