Claire Bloom Biography (1931-)

Original name, Patricia Claire Blume; born February 15, 1931, in London, England; daughter of Edward Max (in sales) and Elizabeth (Grew) Blume; married Rod Steiger (an actor), September 19, 1959 (divorced, January, 1969); married Hillard Elkins (a director and producer), August 14, 1969 (divorced, 1972 [onesource says 1973]); married Philip Roth (a writer), April 29, 1990 (divorced, March, 1995 [one source says 1993]); children: (first marriage) Anna Justine Steiger (an opera singer). Education: Trained for the stage with Eileen Thorndike at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1946-48; also attended the Central School of Speech and Drama, 1947-48. Avocational interests: Opera, music, needlepoint. Addresses: Agent-- The MarionRosenberg Agency, 8428 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood, CA 90069-5308. Contact-- Jeremy Conway, 18-21 Jermyn St., SW1Y 6HB London, England. Career: Actress. Affiliated with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), beginning in 1946; Hunter College of the City University of New York, distinguished visiting professor, 1989-90; narrator with the Boston Symphony Orchestra,Chicago Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Symphony. Member: Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Awards, Honors: British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award, most outstanding newcomer to film, and Elle Award, both 1952, for Limelight; Drama Desk Award, outstanding performances, 1971, for A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler; Outer Critics Circle Award, c. 1971, for Hedda Gabler; Drama League Distinguished Performance Award (with others), 1972; Plays andPlayers Award, best actress, and London Evening Standard/VarietyClub Award, both 1974, for A Streetcar Named Desire; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or special, 1982, for Brideshead Revisited; British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award, best actress, 1985, for Shadowlands; Antoinette Perry Award nominations, 1998 and 1999; fellow, Guildhall School of Music. Addresses: Agent: The Marion Rosenberg Agency, 8428 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood, CA 90069-5308.; Contact: Jeremy Conway, 18-21 Jermyn St., SW1Y 6HB London, England.

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February 15, 1931
London, England

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