Claire Bloom biography
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.