Author: Jo Willett

Sarah Siddons: the first celebrity actress

Pleased to announce my biography of the actress Sarah Siddons is published 30 May 2024.

Sarah had shot to fame relatively recently when Gainsborough painted her as a society beauty rather than a working performer.

He complained about the length of her nose.

But she knew that his portrait would only increase her status as the First Celebrity Actress.

Gainsborough’s famous portrait of the celebrity actress, Sarah Siddons

Upcoming Lady Mary talks

Over the next few months Jo’s going to be talking at the following events about her book, The Pioneering Life of Mary Wortley Montagu:

The Anglo-Turkish Society – tbc

The Oxford Literary Festival Wednesday 30 March

Tangerine Book Club Monday 4 April (invitation only)

Enstone History Society Wednesday 11 May

Hundred of Yetminster History Society Wednesday 12 October

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu – vaccine pioneer

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