The life of one of Australia's gifts to the Broadway stage, Dame Judith Anderson, is being honored with a photographic exhibition now on at Adelaide's Festival Centre.
Dame Judith left Adelaide in 1918 after training as a Shakespearean actress. Finding success on Broadway in 1924 she went on to glory on the London stage opposite Gielgud in Hamlet and Olivier in Macbeth. Hollywood also offered fame with integral supporting roles in many movie classics, most notably as Mrs. Danvers in Hitchcock's Rebecca(1940), for which she won the Oscar.
Anderson always acknowledged Australia as her homeland, returning to Adelaide on several occasions, including 1955 and 1966 tours of her much-lauded Medea, the role that brought her the Tony Award in 1948.
Among the items donated by Dame Judith before her death in 1992 is a costume she wore in the 1952 New York production of John Brown's Body which starred Tyrone Power and Raymond Massey.
The exhibition continues until the end of March. --By Peter Ford