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Dame Judith Anderson, 1962

Don Bachardy

pen and ink and drybrush on paper (sheet: 89.0 cm x 58.0 cm)

Dame Judith Anderson DBE (1897–1992) was a stage and film actress. Anderson made her stage debut in Sydney in A Royal Divorce (1915) and two years later migrated to America. Roles in plays such as Strange Interlude (1928–29), Mourning Becomes Electra (1932) and Hamlet (1936) contributed to her growing reputation, but it was her performance in Medea (1948) which saw her acclaimed as America's leading stage performer. Her best- known screen role was as the sinister Mrs Danvers in Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940), which won her an Oscar nomination. She was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Medal in 1948. In 1984 she joined the cast of the American serial, Santa Barbara, as Minx Lockridge. Don Bachardy recorded many of the celebrities and artists working in Los Angeles, encouraging his sitters to autograph his portraits, as in this work.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Accession number: 1999.19

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Don Bachardy (age 28 in 1962)

Dame Judith Anderson DBE (age 65 in 1962)

Subject professions

Performing arts

Related portraits

1. Googie Withers, 1962. 2. Coral Browne, 1975. All Don Bachardy.

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Self-Portrait, 1981 by Don Bachardy
Self-Portrait, 1981 by Don Bachardy
Self-Portrait, 1981 by Don Bachardy
Self-Portrait, 1981 by Don Bachardy

Drawing inspiration

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2017

Christopher Chapman absorbs the gentle touch of Don Bachardy’s portraiture.

Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

Australians in Hollywood

Previous exhibition, 2003

Although perceived to be a recent phenomenon, the 'Aussie invasion' of Hollywood can actually be traced as far back as the early 1900s

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.