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Mrs. Jordan's Profession: The Actress and the Prince (original 1994; edition 1995)
by Claire Tomalin (Author)
Mrs. Jordan's Profession: The Actress and the Prince by Claire Tomalin (1994)
Acclaimed as the greatest comic actress of her day, Dora Jordan lived a quite different role off-stage as lover to Prince William, third son of George III. Unmarried, the pair lived in a villa on the Thames and had ten children together until William, under pressure from royal advisers, abandoned her. The story of how Dora moved between the worlds of the eighteenth-century theatre and happy domesticity, of her fights for her family and her career makes a classic story of royal perfidy and female courage. 'The strangest and most sensational story Tomalin has told so far. A miraculously detailed portrait - as brisk, unsentimental, good-humoured and fairminded as its subject.' Hilary Spurling, Daily Telegraph 'Compelling, shrewd in its judgements, exceptionally well written, and informed by a vivid sense of the past.' John Gross, Sunday Telegraph 'Riveting. Conjures up a rich, alluring period which, in its brittle decadence and love of scandal and flamboyance, often seems closer than the nineteenth century to our own times. The most haunting biography I have read this year.' Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times 'Fascinating, affecting. A compelling story and Tomalin tells it with clarity and warmth.' Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Sunday Times
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An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.