As you may have noticed, I’ve been periodically going through and adding WCW’s on the various English queens that I skipped-for-being-too-big in my series. Last time was Elizabeth Woodville, now it’s her successor, Anne Neville. Why do we use these queens’ last names? I guess because they’re English, and not “of wherever”? Anyway! Anne Neville (1456-85) was Queen of England due to her marriage to Richard III, reigning for only two short years until her death. She was the younger daughter of the Earl of Warwick, known as “the kingmaker” for his many important power plays in English politics during the Wars of the Roses.
Because Anne was queen to Richard III, she’s been on screen a lot — albeit in usually minor roles and Shakespeare adaptations. Let’s run down her on-screen appearances!
Tower of London (1939)
Focused on Richard III (Basil Rathbone), with a very stereotypical look at the king, including “Boris Karloff as his fictitious club-footed executioner Mord” per Wikipedia. Rose Hobart plays Queen Anne.
Richard III (1955)
The Laurence Olivier adaptation of the Shakespeare play. Claire Bloom plays Anne with some rockin’ hennins.
Tower of London (1962)
This one was a gothic horror take on Richard III (Vincent Price). Joan Camden plays his queen.
Richard III (1983)
A BBC TV adaptation of the Shakespeare play. The great Zoe Wanamaker played Anne.
Richard III (1995)
Yet another Shakespeare adaptation, but this time set in the 1930s. Kristin Scott Thomas plays Anne in slinky bias-cut dresses.
Looking for Richard (1996)
Al Pacino’s documentary that combines performances of the Shakespeare play as well as explorations of Shakespeare’s continuing relevance. Winona Ryder plays Anne Neville.
The White Queen (2013)
Probably the most extensive take on Anne Neville, but because it’s based on a Philippa Fucking Gregory book, it’s not great. Faye Marsay gives a good performance as Anne, and it’s not her fault that her hair drove me crazy. Anne is one of the three main characters in the miniseries.
The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016)
Part of the recent BBC series of Shakespeare adaptations. Phoebe Fox, and I haven’t seen it so I can’t comment further!
Which is your favorite representation of Queen Anne Neville on screen?