Jennifer Ehle (born December 29 1969) is a two-time Tony Award winning stage and screen actress. She is probably best known for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in the 1995 mini-series Pride and Prejudice.
Ehle was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S. to English actress Rosemary Harris and American author John Ehle. She spent her childhood between the UK and America, attending 18 schools. She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts before moving to the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. In 1992, she was plucked from the latter by Peter Hall to star in the mini-series The Camomile Lawn. Four years later, her performance as Elizabeth Bennet gained her a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award. After a stint with the Royal Shakespeare Company, she had her first major film role in Paradise Road. Her success continued as she won critical acclaim and a Tony Award for her 2000 Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing. Her mother was also nominated...
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Possession is a 2002 motion picture written and directed by Neil LaBute, based on the novel of the same name by A. S. Byatt. The film tells the story of two scholars, Roland Michell (played by Aaron Eckhart) and Maud Bailey (Gwyneth Paltrow), who investigate the affair of fictional Victorian era poet Randolph Henry Ash (Jeremy Northam), described in letters between him and another fictional poet, Christabel LaMotte (Jennifer Ehle).
Early drafts of the film's screenplay were written by playwright David Henry Hwang in the nineties, but the project languished in pre-production for years (with directors like Sydney Pollack and Gillian Armstrong working on the film and eventually giving up) before LaBute came aboard. LaBute made drastic changes to the story, partially based on notes that Byatt had made on earlier drafts of the screenplay.
LaBute recalled, "What she basically said was, 'This is Roland on the page; you must make him different in a film!' She got that Roland needed more...
Sunshine is an award-winning 1999 historical film directed, written and produced by István Szabó. It follows three generations of a Jewish family (originally called "Sonnenschein" but later changed to "Sors") during the changes in Hungary from the beginning of the 20th century to the period after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The central male protagonist of all three generations is portrayed by Ralph Fiennes. The film also stars the real-life mother and daughter team of Rosemary Harris and Jennifer Ehle as well as Rachel Weisz and John Neville.
Although fictional, the film weaves events drawn from several real sources into the story. One of Fiennes's three roles is based at least partly on Hungarian Olympian Attila Petschauer, but also includes allusions to the early life of George Soros (orig. Schwartz), Miksa Fenyő and other famous Hungarians of Jewish origin who suffered from anti-Semitism and the persecution of Jews in WWII Hungary.The film was an ...
Bedrooms and Hallways is a 1998 film about the fluidity of sexuality. It was written by Robert Farrar and directed by Rose Troche, starring Kevin McKidd, James Purefoy, Tom Hollander, Julie Graham, Simon Callow and Hugo Weaving.
The film opens as Leo (Kevin McKidd), an openly gay man celebrating his 30th birthday, arrives home and is very unhappy to find a surprise-party organised by his roommates Darren (Tom Hollander) and Angie (Julie Graham) in full swing. Leo has a complicated personal history with some of the guests and hides in his bedroom, feeling grumpy and old. The movie then goes into an extended flashback which explains this history. It turns out that his work colleague had encouraged Leo to attend his weekly men's group run by New Age type goofball Keith (Simon Callow) whose wife is Sybil (Harriet Walter). There, Leo meets hunky Irishman Brendan (James Purefoy) whom he develops a crush on, which he reluctantly reveals to the group. However Brendan is straight and...
Wilde is a 1997 fiilm about Oscar Wilde, starring Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Tom Wilkinson, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Sheen and Ioan Gruffudd. It was written by Julian Mitchell based on biographical notes by Richard Ellmann.
The film begins in 1882 with Oscar Wilde's visit to Leadville, Colorado during his lecture tour in America. It describes his marriage, his wit, his homosexuality and his popularity, before depicting his downfall caused by his prosecution for gross indecency and his time in prison.
Its frankness about Wilde's homosexuality and graphic love scenes made the film somewhat controversial.
Julian Mitchell also wrote the screenplay for Another Country, which also discusses homosexuality among the British elite in the early 20th century. The now popular British actor Orlando Bloom makes a one-line appearance in Wilde playing a rent boy outside a train station.
Stephen Fry won the Golden Space Needle Award as Best Actor,
Maria Djurkovic won the Evening...,
Paradise Road is a 1997 film which tells the story of a group of women who are imprisoned in Sumatra during World War II. It is directed by Bruce Beresford and stars Glenn Close as beatific Adrienne Pargiter, Frances McDormand as the brash Dr. Verstak, Pauline Collins as missionary Margaret Drummond, Julianna Margulies as American socialite Topsy Merritt, Jennifer Ehle as British doyenne and model Rosemary Leighton Jones, Cate Blanchett and Elizabeth Spriggs as dowager Imogene Roberts.
The film examines and explores how, in times of adverse danger and suffering, people have the capacity to make it through by means of moral support and strength. The film highlights the atrocities of war. One example of this is the woman doused in petrol, then set alight. The film also effectively explores the control of the Sumatran society and the disregard for the sanctity of Red Cross services.
The story is based on the testimonies of Helen Coljin and Betty Jeffrey written in their books Song of...,
Jennifer Ehle was born