17 thoughts on “WCW: Claire Bloom

  1. It’s probably not appropriate (era wise) for this blog, but check out her Mary Quant designed wardrobe in the Robert Wise directed “The Haunting,” 1963. Outstanding!

  2. I’m sorry to say something negative in my first comment on this site, but Claire Bloom is not pictured in your entry on Shadowlands–that’s Debra Winger, who you also mentioned in this post as being in the later, 1993, movie of the same name.

    1. No, I believe that’s the correct photo; if you look closely, that’s Joss Ackland as C.S. Lewis. :)

      1. Oh! It’s a different picture now! Before it was just of Debra Winger, now I see two characters, and one is definitely played by Claire Bloom. Thanks!

    1. Can’t be, because Lewis is definitely not Anthony Hopkins in that pic, and he played Lewis in the big-screen version opposite Debra Winger.

  3. I remember Bloom in the Bucaneer, I was so pleased that for once the spirited brunette got the guy instead of the bland blond.

  4. Another of my mother’s favorites. I would love to see C.B. in “A Doll’s House.”

    1. There were two adaptations of the play released around the same time– one starring Jane Fonda and David Warner, directed by Joseph Losey, and the one with Bloom and Anthony Hopkins, directed by Patrick Garland. I saw both, and much preferred the Bloom version, which stayed truer to Ibsen (Losey took HUGE liberties and rewrote a lot) and had a better performance than Fonda gave. Unfortunately, the Losey/Fonda version is the more widely seen (it actually premiered on network TV before a theatrical run) and the Bloom version is hard to find (i’m not sure if it’s been released on home video).

  5. And she was strangely cast as Merle Oberon’s mother in the TV movie loosely based on Merle’s life, Queenie (1987), (with Mia Sara)

    1. QUEENIE (a roman a clef written by her nephew Michael Korda) refers to Merle Oberon’s secret mixed-race parentage, but the truth was way more complicated and tragic, as a family member eventually found out.

      Not only was Oberon’s mother, Charlotte Selby Thompson, of mixed white, Sri Lankan and Maori heritage– which was considered at the time to be something to be concealed– she wasn’t actually her birth mother, but Oberon’s grandmother.

      Oberon’s birth mother was actually Charlotte’s 12-year-old daughter Constance, who was passed off as Oberon’s older half-sister. And Constance herself was the product of Charlotte having been raped at 14 by an Anglo-Irish plantation foreman named Selby. (I’m not sure if Charlotte married Selby afterward, or just took his name.)

      Years later, Constance’s son– who had always believed himself to be Oberon’s nephew– did research and found that he and his siblings were actually Oberon’s younger half-siblings.

      From what I’ve read, I don’t know who Oberon’s biological father was– but under the circumstances, hopefully it wasn’t actually Arthur O’Brien Thompson, the man who passed himself off as her father.

  6. I am not ashamed to admit that I loved The Lady and the Highwayman when it mysteriously showed up on CBS one Sunday night.

    1. CBS had done well with a previous Barbara Cartland adaptation, A HAZARD OF HEARTS, on their CBS SUNDAY MOVIE a little over a year earlier, and this was a followup from the same production team.

      The real mystery is why Cartland’s title wasn’t retained as a selling point for her fans.

      But I guess CUPID RIDES PILLION was considered too confusing, and the production replacement title DANGEROUS LOVE sounded too much like a steamy contemporary thriller– so it became THE LADY AND THE HIGHWAYMAN, which sort of just spelled it out.

      The major reason I remember this movie is my grandmother had mercifully passed away that morning after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer, and I was staring at the TV that evening trying to stop thinking about it for a couple of hours.

      Definitely not the way someone wants to view any film, even a Barbara Cartland TV-movie adaptation.

  7. Having seen a lot of her earlier work, I’m tempted to just pick one of them, but she was a superb Queen Mother in The King’s Speech.

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