Claire Bloom

Claire Bloom

According to Richard Burton's biography "And God Created Burton" he was responsible for taking Bloom's virginity in 1949 when they began an affair days after the actor's wedding to Sybil Williams; the affair carried on intermittently until 1957.

An Associate Member of RADA.

Daughter, opera singer Anna Steiger, by her ex-husband, actor Rod Steiger.

Her second book, "Leaving a Doll's House: A Memoir" was published in 1996, and went into greater details about her personal life; she discussed not only her failed marriages, to the dismay of a disgruntled Philip Roth, but her romantic relationships with Richard Burton and Laurence Olivier.

She won rave reviews for her performances as Blanche Du Bois ("A Streetcar Named Desire") in London, Nora ("A Doll's House") on Broadway, and Madame Ranevskaya ("The Cherry Orchard") at Boston's prestigious American Repertory Theatre.

Was nominated for Broadway's 1999 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for "Electra."