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Claire Bloom ACTOR


Claire Bloom was born on February 15th, 1931 in London, England with the birth name Patricia Claire Blume, born to Edward and Elizabeth Blume.  She received her early education at Badminton School in Bristol and Fern Manor in New Milton.  From a young age she showed an interest in the performing arts and later received some formal stage training from the Guildhall School and later also studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Her professional career as an actress began with her being cast on BBC radio and soon she was working as a stage actress appearing in such productions as, "It Depends What You Mean" (1946) and "The Lady's Not For Burning" (1947).  She then followed by a taking on a number of Shakespeare productions such as, "Hamlet", "King John" and "The Winter's Tale". 

Bloom then began to break into the film industry with her debut in 1948 on, "The Blind Goddess" followed by some more prominent roles in such features as, "Limelight" (1952) co-starring with Charlie Chaplin, "Richard III" (1955), "Alexander the Great" (1956) co-starring with Richard Burton and Fredric March, "The Brothers Karamazov" (1958) starring Yul Brynner and "The Buccaneer" (1958) again co-starring with the great Yul Brynner.
Although, she was having quite a successful career in films, Bloom did not neglect her love for the stage and continued adding such production credits to her resume in, "Richard III", "The Trojan Woman", "Vivat! Vivat! Regina!" and "A Doll's House".

As her career entered into the 60's there was no sign of things slowing down.  She continued to grace the big screen in such features as, "Look Back in Anger" (1959), "The Haunting" (1963) starring alongside Julie Harris and Russ Tamblyn, "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" (1965), "The Illustrated Man" (1969) and "Three Into Two Won't Go" (1969).

In addition to film and stage work, Bloom also appeared in a variety of television movies such as, "Backstairs at the White House" (1979), "Brideshead Revisited" (1981), "Separate Tables" (1983) and "Shadowlands" (1985). 

Most recently, Bloom has been seen on the television Soap Opera, "As the World Turns" in 1993, the television miniseries, "The Ten Commandments" (2006), the television movie, "Fiona's Story" (2008) and the television series, "New Tricks" (2008) and "The Bill" (2010).

She has also written two memoirs, "Limelight and After: The Education of an Actress" (1982) and "Leaving a Doll's House: A Memoir" (1996).  

Claire Bloom has married three times throughout her lifetime, first to actor Rod Steiger in 1959 and they had one child together before the marriage came to an end in 1969.  She then wed Hillard Elkins in 1969, however by 1972 another marriage ended in divorce.  Her third husband was Philip Roth whom she wed in 1990 and again by 1995, Bloom was divorced.  She has not re-married but remains working in the industry with her last three known roles appearing back on the big screen in, the Academy Award winner for Best Picture "The King's Speech" (2010), "While We Were Here" (2012) and soon to release, "Max Rose".


2012   Max Rose 

2012   While We Were Here 

2010   The King's Speech 

2010   The Bill 

2009-2010  Doctor Who

2008   Fiona's Story 

2008   New Tricks

2006   The Ten Commandments

2006   Kalamazoo? 

2006   The Chatterley Affai

2006   Trial & Retribution

2006   Marple: By the Pricking of My Thumbs 

2005   Doc Martin 

2005   Jericho 

2004   Daniel and the Superdogs 

2004   Law & Order: Criminal Intent

2003   Imagining Argentina

2003   The Republic of Love 

2002   The Book of Eve

2000   Yesterday's Children

2000   Love and Murder 

2000   Tales from the Madhouse 

1999   The Lady in Question

1998   Imogen's Face 

1998   Wrestling with Alligators

1997   What the Deaf Man Heard

1997   Family Money 

1996   Daylight 

1995   Mighty Aphrodite

1995   Mad Dogs and Englishmen

1995   A Village Affair

1994   American Masters

1993-1995  As the World Turns 

1993   Remember 

1993   The Age of Innocence

1993   It's Nothing Personal 

1993   The Poetry Hall of Fame 

1992   The Mirror Crack'd 

1992   The Camomile Lawn 

1991   The Princess and the Goblin 

1990   Pas de deux 

1989   Crimes and Misdemeanors

1989   The Lady and the Highwayman 

1988   Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun 

1987   Sammy and Rosie Get Laid

1987   Queenie

1987   Intimate Contact

1986   Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna

1986   Hold the Dream

1986   The Theban Plays by Sophocles 

1986   Liberty 

1985   This Lightning Always Strikes Twice

1985   Promises to Keep 

1985   Déjà Vu 

1985   Florence Nightingale 

1985   Ann and Debbie

1985   Time and the Conways

1985   Shadowlands

1984   The Life and Death of King John

1984   Ellis Island 

1984   American Playhouse

1983   Separate Tables

1982   Cymbeline 

1981   Brideshead Revisited

1981   Clash of the Titans 

1981   CBS Library

1981   Beauty and the Beast

1980   Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

1979   Henry VIII

1979   Oresteia

1979   Backstairs at the White House 

1977   Islands in the Stream 

1975   A Legacy

1974   Aquarius

1974   Great Mysteries

1973   Wessex Tales

1973   A Doll's House

1973   The Going Up of David Lev 

1971   Red Sky at Morning 

1970   A Severed Head

1969   Three Into Two Won't Go

1969   The Illustrated Man

1968   Charly

1968   Late Night Horror 

1967   The Bell Telephone Hour 

1967   Soldier in Love 

1967   Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 

1966   ITV Play of the Week 

1965   The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

1964   Camera Three 

1964   The Outrage 

1964   High Infidelity 

1963   The Haunting

1963   80,000 Suspects 

1963   The Teacher from Vigevano 

1962   The Chapman Report

1962   The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 

1962   Wuthering Heights 

1961   Anna Karenina 

1961   Checkmate

1960   Brainwashed

1959   Playhouse 90

1959   Look Back in Anger 

1958   The Buccaneer

1958   The Brothers Karamazov 

1958   Shirley Temple Theatre 

1957   Robert Montgomery Presents

1955-1957  Producers' Showcase

1956   Alexander the Great 

1955   Richard III

1953   The Man Between

1953   Innocents in Paris 

1952   Limelight 

1952   The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird 

1952   BBC Sunday-Night Theatre

1952   The Marvellous History of St. Bernard

1948   The Blind Goddess 

Matinee Classics - The Lady and the Highwayman starring Hugh Grant, Emma Samms, Claire Bloom, Christopher Cazenove, Lysette Anthony, Oliver Reed, Michael York, John Mills, Ian Bannen, Robert Morley, Lamya Derval, Ian Bannen, Bernard Miles, Gareth Hunt, Steffanie Pitt, Floyd Bevan and Terence Plummer
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