Judith Anderson: Australian star, first lady of the American stage by Desley Deacon

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March 2020, no. 419
John Rickard reviews 'Judith Anderson: Australian star, first lady of the American stage' by Desley Deacon

Judith Anderson: Australian star, first lady of the American stage

by Desley Deacon

Kerr Publishing, $58.99 pb, 520 pp

Judith Anderson: Australian star, first lady of the American stage by Desley Deacon

Reviewed by
March 2020, no. 419

In the past we have tended either to ignore or to marginalise cultural ‘expatriates’. In today’s cosmopolitan culture, we are more used to varied career paths, but it is still possible for someone who has made most of their career abroad to be overlooked. Judith Anderson is a case in point. Born in Adelaide in 1897, Francee Anderson (her first stage name) made her professional stage début in 1915 in Sydney, but from 1918 she was, virtually for the rest of her life, based in the United States. Desley Deacon’s substantial, superbly illustrated biography rescues Anderson from obscurity and reveals the full extent of her remarkable career on stage, in film, and on television.

John Rickard reviews 'Judith Anderson: Australian star, first lady of the American stage' by Desley Deacon

Judith Anderson: Australian star, first lady of the American stage

by Desley Deacon

Kerr Publishing, $58.99 pb, 520 pp

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