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Jill Bennett

(1931-1990), Actress; fourth wife of John Osborne

Sitter in 9 portraits
Trained at RADA, began acting career at 18, in 1949, at Stratford's Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, joining Olivier's company the following year. Early films included Moulin Rouge (1952) and Lust for Life (1956). Married first to Willis Hall and then John Osborne who wrote her prize-winning role in Time Present (1968) and a memorable Hedda Gabler adaptation before their marriage ended in a bitter divorce.

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Jill Bennett, by Anthony Buckley - NPG x75974

Jill Bennett

by Anthony Buckley
modern bromide print from original negative, 1950
NPG x75974

The Young Look in the Theatre, by Norman Parkinson - NPG x30113

The Young Look in the Theatre

by Norman Parkinson
bromide print, 1953
NPG x30113

Jill Bennett, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x4398

Jill Bennett

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1957
NPG x4398

Jill Bennett, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x4399

Jill Bennett

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print, 1957
NPG x4399

Jill Bennett, by Michael Ward - NPG x76660

Jill Bennett

by Michael Ward
selenium-toned bromide print, 9 December 1960
NPG x76660

Jill Bennett, by Unknown photographer - NPG x184207

Jill Bennett

by Unknown photographer
bromide press print, 1967
NPG x184207

Patrick Procktor; Jill Bennett, by David Gwinnutt - NPG x199671

Patrick Procktor; Jill Bennett

by David Gwinnutt
modern bromide print from original negative, circa 1984
NPG x199671

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Jill Bennett

by Angus McBean
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 9 January 1957
NPG x193413

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Jill Bennett

by John Timbers
bromide print
NPG x736

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