updated: 09/09/2003

look-alike makeups: 19th-century authors

George Elliott: A Scandalous Life: Mary Ann Evans (1819–1880) is far better known as the novellist George Elliott; she used a male pen name, she said, to ensure that her works were taken seriously. She used her intellect not only for fiction but also to question the values of her society and its religion. The scandal of the title refers primarily though to her relationship with George Henry Lewes: he was married when they met in 1853 and they remained together until his death in 1878. George Elliot was played by Harriet Walyer. Kirstie Stanway was makeup designer and Mark English was makeup assistant.

Harriet: Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896) was an American author and abolitionist, whose novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, published in 1852, attacked the cruelty of slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the US and Britain. In writing the book, she drew on her personal experience; she was familiar with slavery, the antislavery movement, and the underground railroad, having aided runaway slaves after the passage of the ‘Fugitive Slave Law’. Kitty Winn played Harriet Beecher Stowe in ‘Harriet’, an episode of NET Playhouse in the mid-1960s. If anyone can tell me anything about the makeup credits please email me.