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Summary Article: Bloom, Claire
from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

English actor. She appeared as Ophelia at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1948 and moved to the Old Vic in 1952, establishing a reputation as a distinguished Shakespearean actor. Her many film appearances include Charlie Chaplin's Limelight (1952; BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer), Laurence Olivier's Richard III (1955), Look Back in Anger (1959), Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), and The King's Speech (2010). On television she has played in Brideshead Revisited (1981; Emmy nomination) and the film Shadowlands (1985; BAFTA).

Her stage roles include Cordelia opposite John Gielgud in a West End production of King Lear (1955) and Blanche du Bois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire (1974). She published her memoirs, Leaving a Doll's House, in 1996.

She was born in London and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Central School of Speech and Drama. Bloom was married to US actor Rod Steiger (1959–69), to US producer Hillard Elkins 1969–72, and to US writer Philip Roth (1990–95). She was made a CBE in 2013.

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