Jean Simmons as the harpist in 'Caesar and Cleopatra'

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Jean Simmons as the harpist in 'Caesar and Cleopatra'

possibly by Wilfrid Newton
bromide print, 1945
14 7/8 in. x 11 1/2 in. (379 mm x 292 mm) overall
Given by Tracy Granger, 2014
Photographs Collection
NPG x199013

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  • Wilfrid Newton (born 1909), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 30 portraits.

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In Gabriel Pascal's film version of George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra, Simmons had a minor role, but stood in for Vivien Leigh when the latter was hospitalized after a fall. It was where Simmons first met fellow actor and first husband Stewart Granger.

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Despite Churchill's popularity during, and indeed after, the War, Clement Attlee wins a landslide Labour victory in the general election. Labour's success was due to its promise of a better society through the Welfare state, and was demonstrative of the public's desire for a new and better post-War society.

Art and science

Noel Coward's Brief Encounter is released. The film, based on Coward's play, Still Life, is about the love affair between two married people who meet at a railway station. Conscious of the risk of being caught the couple decide to break off their relationship to protect their marriages.
George Orwell publishes his satirical novel Animal Farm, as an allegorical critique of Soviet Totalitarianism.


A war on two fronts finally proves too much for Germany as allied forces push from the East and West. On the 30th April Hitler committed suicide and Germany soon surrendered to Soviet troops. Victory in Europe was announced on the 8th May. War in the Pacific continued until America dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing 214,000 people, and ending the war with Japan.

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