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Sarah Siddons, Movie Star

July 5, 2017

It’s Sarah Siddons Birthday today. Hooray!

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In my Tom Sheridan book I try to make the case that Sarah Siddons was the first movie star.

Here’s where you can get publication details if you’re moved to order this book for your library or even (heaven forfend) yourself…  http://nuim.academia.edu/ConradBrunstrom

Sarah Siddons was mentored by Tom Sheridan, and became the kind of player he’d always dreamed of.  (The 18th century was blessed with the gender neutral term ‘player’, while we are still stuck with the fairly stupid term ‘actress’ – I mean, whoever heard of a doctress or a lawyeress, I mean, honestly?!)

Thomas Sheridan had built (and then destroyed) his career based on his reputation for crowd control.  Having saved several of his cast from sexual assault, he managed to acquire more control over Dublin theatre than anyone before him.  “King Tommy”  as he was unaffectionately known believed that audiences should absorb theatre quietly and respectfully.

Sarah…

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