Published: 01/12/2011
ISBN: 9781780880129
eISBN: 9781848768123
Format: Paperback/eBook

Edy was a Lady will appeal to anyone interested in the theatre: actors, directors, playwrights, critics and also audiences.”
Sir Michael Holroyd, A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their Remarkable Families

“Your book is a sheer delight …What a joy and what a fascinating read!”
Sir Donald Sinden

"These clear-eyed, unpretentious and affectionate memoirs belie Edy’s dragon image, and will feed the growing interest in this undervalued theatrical pioneer"
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ANN RACHLIN, MBE, music educator, creator of Fun with Music® and founder of The Beethoven Fund for Deaf Children, is an authority and lecturer on Ellen Terry and her daughter. She owns the only writ... read more

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Edy was a Lady
by Ann Rachlin

Chosen as an Editor's Pick in The Bookseller

Edith Craig (1869-1947) – illegitimate, lesbian, suffragette – was the most extraordinary contributor to British Theatre of her time. As an actor on stage and in silent movies, she was also a brilliant costume designer, costume maker, stage producer, director and fencing expert. As she worked and toured throughout the UK and USA with her mother, world famous actress Dame Ellen Terry and Sir Henry Irving, her memoirs throw light on that iconic theatrical partnership, illuminating in a most colourful way the magic that gripped audiences everywhere. Not only did she meet and work with other illustrious names of the day including Sarah Bernhardt, Lillie Langtry, George Bernard Shaw, Alfred Lord Tennyson, J.M. Barrie, Thomas Beecham, Richard D’Oyly Carte, Queen Alexandra, King George V, but she also lived her personal life in a ménage à trois.

Edy began dictating her memoirs soon after Ellen Terry died in 1928 and revised them after the Second World War, just before she died in 1947. Now the memoirs are ready for all to read – complete with a lavish colourful collection of 64 rare photos and illustrations.

Edy was a Lady is a fabulous feast of recollections from one who for so long lived happily in the shadow of her mother, but is now in the spotlight in her own right.

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AT LAST . . . . .

The ‘Lost’ Memoirs of ELLEN TERRY’s only daughter
found in an attic and now released after 63 years!

SIR MICHAEL HOLROYD, the author of the best-seller A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their Remarkable Families says

“Edy was a Lady will appeal to anyone interested in the theatre: actors, directors, playwrights, critics and also audiences.”


“Your book is a sheer delight …What a joy and what a fascinating read!”

Ann Rachlin will be appearing at the Rye Arts Festival on Monday, September 24th 2012 at 3pm when she will present her audio-visual presentation EDY WAS A LADY followed by a book-signing.

On March 21st, Ann gave a talk on Jacko (Vera Holme) and Edith Craig at the Women's Library, Metropolitan University, London.
On March 19th, Ann presented EDY WAS A LADY at the University Women's Club, London.

UNIQUE LONDON BOOK LAUNCH combines 'LOST' memoirs and rare silent movies!

Hidden in an attic, the 'lost' memoirs of Edith Craig are revealed for the first time in Ann Rachlin's new book EDY WAS A LADY. Buried in the vaults of the British Film Institute in London are the early silent movies of ELLEN TERRY and EDITH CRAIG, made in 1916-1922, featuring the great actress with her daughter. Ann Rachlin presented readings from Edy's memoirs together with excerpts from these rare silent movies. Celebrity actors and actresses joined other fans of Ellen Terry , all eager to witness Ellen Terry in action with her extraordinarily talented daughter. A book signing followed the presentation. This London launch of EDY WAS A LADY took place on Friday, November 4th at the British Film Institute on the South Bank.
Saturday November 19th A further book launch with audio visual talk and book signing took place in the beautiful Church of St Thomas the Martyr in Winchelsea, East Sussex across the road from where Ellen Terry and Edith Craig used to live. Not only did they worship in the church but Ellen used to rehearse Lady Macbeth in there late at night, much to the alarm of the verger!
A percentage of the book sales was donated to the Church.

The Spectator,, December 2011

Icklesham Village Voice, October 2011

Journal Live,, October 2011

Rye Observer, November 2011

Winchelsea Village Voice, November 2011

Jewish Telegraph, November 2011

Society for Theatrical Research e-newsletter, November 2011

The Stage, October 2011

British Film Institute,

The British Film Institute

The Northern Echo and The Durham Times, September 2011

The Bookseller, September 2011

This is a truly magnificent volume. The book is lavish and elegant as well as being beautifully organized for those who may wish to find something or someone specific. Edy was fortunate in "finding" Ann Rachlin as her modern day champion - I cannot imagine anyone else being such a wonderful advocate for her historical importance. I love the fact that the book is so generously illustrated. For scholars, there is a gold mine here. For the rest of is, this is the kind of book to enjoy on a rainy weekend or a holiday (or any other time for that matter).

by Dr. Thomas Wolf - Boston USA

This book was a delight to read, with reminiscences dictated directly by
Edith Craig in her own unique "voice". Ann Rachlin pieces together these
colourful, visual descriptions, filling any gaps in the narrative with
meticulously researched facts, to create this brilliant tapestry of Edy's
unique life. Not just of interest to the theatre historians, this book is
seething with social history and populated by famous cultural icons, viewed
through Edith Craig's clear and steady eye for detail and style.

by Penny Gilmartin

I LOVE Edy's memoir! It's so pungent and funny, without being mean or self-serving. It is a great chronicle of a living world, theatrical and human.. I wish she had written more about her own productions, but that's our self-effacing Edy.

Your notes and organization are wonderful too, You have given Edy everything she deserves.

by Nina Auerbach


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