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Dame Judith Anderson
, 1962

by Don Bachardy

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

Dame Judith Anderson DBE (1898-1992) 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