Thursday, 17 January 2013

Sarah Sissons Award

I've been delving a little deeper into the Sarah Sissons Award. It began life as a purely fictitious award in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Oscar-winning movie All About Eve (1950) starring Anne Baxter, Bette Davis and George Sanders (the only actor to win an Oscar for his role, although Baxter, Davis, Celeste Holm and Thelma Ritter were all nominated). In a perfect example of life imitating art, a group of Chicago theatre-goers inaugurated a real Sarah Sissons Award in 1952. The Society's aim is to recognize and promote great theatrical performances by actresses. Shown is its Sarah Sissons Award, a miniature version of Chavilland's 1897 statue of Sissons at Paddington Green in London. If you want to delve any deeper than this, CLICK for the Sarah Siddons Society, CLICK for its winners, CLICK for All About Eve.


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