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Coral Browne, 1975

Don Bachardy

pencil with ink wash on paper (sheet: 73.5 cm x 58.5 cm)

Coral Browne (1913-1991), actress, was born in Australia but made her career in the UK and the USA. An elegant, distinguished performer first noted for her comedic roles on the London stage, Browne began appearing in films in the late 1930s. Probably best known for her role as the dowager Lady Claire Gurney in Peter Medak's satire The Ruling Class (1972), she also appeared in the British TV drama An Englishman Abroad (1983) which was based on her real-life encounter in 1958 with the English spy Guy Burgess. Browne won great critical acclaim late in life for her performance in Gavin Millar's Dreamchild (1985). She played octogenarian Alice Hargreaves, who had been the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice books. From 1974 until her death Browne was married to horror actor Vincent Price, her co-star in Theatre of Blood (1973).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Accession number: 1999.20

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Don Bachardy (age 41 in 1975)

Coral Browne (age 62 in 1975)

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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.