Category Archives: acting

Happy November Birthdays to Some of Our Favorite Austen-Inspired Actors

              Happy November Birthdays to these actors who held roles in Austen-related films.    November 1 – Toni Colletti, who portrayed Harriet Smith in 1996’s Emma November 1 – Aishwarya Rai, who portrayed Lalita … Continue reading

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Pre-Elizabethan Drama: Liturgical Drama

English drama began as  an extension of the liturgy of the same church, which had abolished such displays because of their indecency some four centuries prior. The church made no move to revive an art form they considered to be … Continue reading

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August Birthdays for Some of Our Favorite “Austen” Actors!!

In August, these fine thespians are celebrating birthdays!      August 5 – Mark Strong, who portrayed Mr. Knightley in the 1996 TV version of Emma   August 6 – Romola Garai, who portrayed Emma Woodhouse in the 2009 version … Continue reading

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A Birthday Salute to Alan Rickman

Tomorrow, February 21, is Alan Rickman’s birthday. He will be 68 years of age. Bio (via imdb.com) Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett) and Bernard Rickman, who worked at … Continue reading

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Douglas Jerrold, Playwright and Midshipman Serving Under Jane Austen’s Brother, Francis

Douglas William Jerrold (London 3 January 1803 – 8 June 1857 London) was an English dramatist and writer. Biography Jerrold’s father, Samuel Jerrold, was an actor and lessee of the little theatre of Wilsby near Cranbrook in Kent. In 1807 … Continue reading

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A Comic Play: Black-Eyed Susan; or, All in the Downs

Black-Eyed Susan; or, All in the Downs is a comic play in three acts by Douglas Jerrold. The story concerns a sailor, William, who returns to England from the Napoleonic Wars and finds that his wife Susan is being harassed … Continue reading

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Do You Remember? The Three Stooges as Political Satirists

This is a poster for You Nazty Spy!. The poster art copyright is believed to belong to the distributor of the film, Columbia Pictures, the publisher of the film or the graphic artist. Further details: Original lobby for You Nazty … Continue reading

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What’s “Love” Got to Do with It?

It was fun last month to take a look at our favorite romance movies and some of the greatest lines from them. After all, I breathe “romance” novels. They are my favorite escape genre. So, tell me what you think of … Continue reading

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Forerunners of Elizabethan Tragedy: Thomas Kyd

Today, I am taking a step away from my beloved Regency England to visit a time period, which also fascinates me. With a minor in theatre, I have studied the development of the drama of the period. With Kyd and … Continue reading

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Do You Remember? The First of the Late Night TV Talk Shows

With all the changes in the late night TV talk show hosts in U. S. of late, I thought it might be fun to take a look at the original late night host: Stephen Valentine Allen (“Steverino”). Born to vaudeville … Continue reading

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