Claire Bloom was born in London on February 15, 1931. At age 14 she tried out for the part of Juliet with the company of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre; in 1948 she was cast as Ophelia in Hamlet. She won praise for her early movie role in Limelight (1952). She successfully combined a stage career with films, and continued to star in films and on television into the 21st century.
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