18 April 2011

Ellen Terry and Coventry, Warwickshire

Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928) was for many years a leading Shakespearean actress who is perhaps best remembered today for her correspondence with George Bernard Shaw. Terry came from an acting family, her parents being in a touring company. She made her debut at the Prince's Theatre in London in A Winter's Tale at the age of eight, and very briefly married the 46-year-old artist George Frederick Watts at the age of 16. This blue plaque is on the wall of a building near where she was born on Market Street in the center of Coventry.

Ellen Terry at the age of 16, by the photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

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