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Claire Bloom

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Patricia Claire Blume

15 February 1931 (1931-02-15) (age 91)
Occupation Actress (stage and film)
Years active 1948–present
Rod Steiger (m. 1959–1969)
1 child
Hillard Elkins (m. 1969–1972)

Philip Roth (m. 1990–1995)

Patricia Claire Blume CBE (born 15 February 1931)in London, England, is an English film and stage actress whose career has spanned over six decades. She is famous for leading roles in plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire, A Doll’s House, and Long Day's Journey into Night, and has starred in nearly sixty films.

In 1952, Bloom was discovered by Hollywood film star Charlie Chaplin, who had been searching for months for an actress with "beauty, talent, and a great emotional range," to co-star alongside him in Limelight. It became Bloom's major film debut and made her into an international film star. During her lengthy film career, she starred alongside numerous major actors, including Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Paul Scofield, Ralph Richardson, Yul Brynner, George C. Scott, James Mason, Paul Newman and Rod Steiger, whom she would marry.

In 2010, Bloom played the role of Queen Mary in the British film, The King's Speech, and she currently acts in British films. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honors for services to drama.


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