Beautiful portraits of actress Ellen Terry born On This Day in 1847.

Ellen Terry

Dame Alice Ellen Terry,

known professionally as Ellen Terry,

was an English actress who became the leading Shakespearean actress in Britain. She was born on 27th February 1847.

Ellen Terry
image credit: Getty Center [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
From Wikipedia: Born into a family of actors, Terry began performing as a child, acting in Shakespeare plays in London, and toured throughout the British provinces in her teens. At 16 she married the 46-year-old artist George Frederic Watts, but they separated within a year. She soon returned to the stage but began a relationship with the architect Edward William Godwin and retired from the stage for six years. She resumed acting in 1874 and was immediately acclaimed for her portrayal of roles in Shakespeare and other classics.

Ellen Terry
image credit: John Singer Sargent [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
In 1878 she joined Henry Irving’s company as his leading lady, and for more than the next two decades she was considered the leading Shakespearean and comic actress in Britain. Two of her most famous roles were Portia in The Merchant of Venice and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. She and Irving also toured with great success in America and Britain.

Ellen Terry
image credit: George W. Baldry [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Ellen Terry
image credit: See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
In 1903 Terry took over management of London’s Imperial Theatre, focusing on the plays of George Bernard Shaw and Henrik Ibsen. The venture was a financial failure, and Terry turned to touring and lecturing. She continued to find success on stage until 1920, while also appearing in films from 1916 to 1922. Her career lasted nearly seven decades.

Ellen Terry costues
image credit:By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (Ellen Terry Costumes Uploaded by tm) [CC BY 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons
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Betty Hutton February 26, 1921 – March 12, 2007

Bette Midler born December 1, 1945

To die, to sleep –
To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come..

And if, in a few days time, you think you dreamt these Hamlet Songs,


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‘Ne’er cast a clout till May be out’.


My camellia is still swathed in sheets of fleece.

I’m waiting for the early morning frosts to end.

Last year I removed the fleece too soon and none of the buds flowered.

The previous year I kept the camellia wrapped in fleece until the end of April and there was a profusion of blooms. I counted over two hundred and the plant made a stunning display.

The weather forecast is none too specific about where late Spring frost is likely to occur so I’m erring on the side of caution.

And taking account of the old adage:

‘Ne’er cast a clout till May be out’.

I’ve always assumed that the saying refers to the month of May. Meaning May is out – the new month has begun.

In other words, don’t pack away your winter clothes until May 1st at the earliest.

But according to a BBC News Blog the reference is to May blossom: the blossom of the hawthorn hedgerows.

The Phrase Finder explains that the earliest known version of the rhyme dates from 1732 from a Dr. Thomas Fuller. Although it may have existed in word-of-mouth form well before that.

The same ambiguity is found in

April showers bring forth May flowers

which can also be read as either the month of May or as the May blossom of the hawthorn.

As it was Shakespeare’s birthday a couple of days ago it seems appropriate to quote Sonnet 18 although I’m more bothered about frost than rough winds.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.

Elyse Bruce of the Historically Speaking Blog has an 1855 version of the rhyme from the Whitby Gazette and some more fascinating information on the subject of May blossom.

What to do about the fleece on my camellia?

The May hawthorn blossom is already looking spectacular in the Yorkshire Wolds yet we had a sharp early morning frost this morning with a sprinkling of snow.

I’m sticking with my original understanding of the saying.

I’ll wait until the month of May has commenced and then remove the camellia’s winter clothes!

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