Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Women on Wednesday ~ Miss Elizabeth Bennet - Part 2

On to the ladies of the made for television adaptations of Pride and Prejudice. No ‘Lost in Austen’ this time. I often wonder what Miss Jane Austen would make of the actresses chosen to portary her dear Lizzy.


Our first Elizabeth Bennet is Curigwen Lewis from the 1938 television production of Pride and Prejudice. This picture is of Ms. Lewis in one of her other roles.

Madge Evans played the role of Elizabeth Bennet in the 1949 NBC Philco Television Playhouse where ‘Pride and Prejudice’ was Episode 17 in season 1. This was also a live show.


In 1952, Daphne Slater stepped into the role of Elizabeth Bennet. This was another live performance this time by the BBC. Hope they remembered their lines.

In the Italian version of Pride and Prejudice released in 1957 with Virna Lisi plays the role of Elizabeth Bennet.

As I said with our Mr. Darcy post, there were two productions of Pride and Prejudice in 1958. The first a six part black & white mini-series by the BBC. Jane Downs played the part of Lizzy.

The second production of P&P in 1958 was a General Motors Theatre production aired in December 1958. Kay Hawtrey starred in the role of Elizabeth.

In the Dutch adaptation released in 1961 titled De vier dochters Bennet, Lies Franken stepped into the role of Lizzy. I couldn’t find any photos of Ms. Franken. Bummer! I was going so well.

In 1967, Celia Bannerman played Miss Eliza Bennet next to our Australian actor Lewis Fiander. This was another 6-part mini-series by the BBC.

1980 and Elizabeth Garvie plays Miss Elizabeth Bennet. This is yet another BBC mini-series, this time 5 parts. They like doing mini-series don’t they.

Ah yes, the best of the best in the Pride and Prejudice series. In 1995, BBC/A&E produced a 6-part mini-series that all P&P fans remember. Jennifer Ehle played Miss Eliza and proved to more than a mach for Mr. Darcy Colin Firth. Jennifer won Best Actress - British Academy Television Award for her portrayal Elizabeth Bennet.

This is Ms. Ehle winning her BAFTA Award.

That brings us to the end of our Miss Elizabeth Bennet posts. It is interesting to see the different actors cased in the roles.

See you later.

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