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September 2 2014

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blasblog: at the harlech house, drama runs in the family

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Growing up the daughter of Lady Amanda Harlech, Karl Lagerfeld’s Ritz-occupying muse, must provide a great opportunity to witness odysseys of creative adventure and inspiration. Thus it comes as no surprise that Tallulah Ormsby-Gore, Harlech’s eldest offspring, who recently moved to New York to study at Lee Strasberg, was drawn to the drama of the stage. For the past four weekends she has been playing the role of Lady Anne in Shakespeare’s Richard III at the Frog & Peach Theatre Company on the Upper West Side—her New York stage debut. On Friday night I tagged along with Harlech to take in the performance. “Obviously, I think she is a fantastic actress and her performance was flawless,” the proud, and in no way biased, mother beamed after the performance, “but I’m shocked at just how good she was. She was bloody fantastic.” Indeed, Tallulah’s portrayal of Prince Edward’s widow, who later becomes the wife of the rotten Richard, was impressive, utilizing a booming voice and real tears—not that Momma didn’t have some notes for the show: She would have favored a more minimal, monochrome set, and she would have preferred to hear the stage deaths—”like the sound of flesh being cut”—rather than view them on stage. For her part, Tallulah was predictably humble. “Do you hate me for making you come?” she asked. “I hope I wasn’t too terrible.”

Photo: Billy Farrell / Patrick McMullan

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  1. pgalvan28 says:

    I think it’s great that Tallulah is doing something she love to do, it’s nice to see the children who come from high society branching off into their own creativity and ideas. Even though I haven’t seen her act in the play i am sure she has just done great and with much passion.

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