WCW: Jennifer Ehle

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You probably know Jennifer Ehle as the best Elizabeth Bennet EVER in the one and only Pride and Prejudice (1995). But she has quite the frock flick resume, turning up in the 17th century through the 1940s. Plus, she does a ton of contemporary film and TV because she’s just that good. We may love her as Lizzie, but she’s certainly not been typecast by Austen!

 

Calypso in The Camomile Lawn (1992)

Jennifer Ehle, The Camomile Lawn (1992)

 

Empress Zita of Austria in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992)

Jennifer Ehle, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992)

 

Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Jennifer Ehle, Pride and Prejudice (1995)

 

Constance Wilde in Wilde (1997)

Jennifer Ehle, Wilde (1997)

 

Valerie Sonnenschein in Sunshine (1999)

Jennifer Ehle, Sunshine (1999)

 

Christabel LaMotte in Possession (2002)

Jennifer Ehle, Possession (2002)

 

Myrtle Logue in The King’s Speech (2010)

Jennifer Ehle, The King's Speech (2010)

 

Madame De Montespan in A Little Chaos (2014)

Jennifer Ehle, A Little Chaos (2014)

 

Vinnie Dickinson in A Quiet Passion (2016)

Jennifer Ehle, A Quiet Passion (2016)

 

Ada Murray in The Professor and the Madman (2018, post-production)

Jennifer Ehle, The Professor and the Madman (2018)

 

 

What’s your favorite historical costume movie featuring Jennifer Ehle?

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Trystan L. Bass

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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. When she’s not dressing up in costumes, she can be found traveling the world with her sweetie and, occasionally, Kendra and Sarah. Her costuming and travel adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also maintains a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

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  1. Susan Pola Staples

    Besides Lizzie in THE BEST EVER P&P, I really loved her as Constance Wilde in Wilde and the WWII drama Paradise Road opposite Glenn Close and Madame de Montespan in A Little Chaos with Alan & Kate.

    The Professor & the Madman look interesting. I’m going to have to re-watch Sonnenschein (Sunshine).

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  2. bshaurette

    I loved her so much in The King’s Speech. There’s this moment where her character and the king, played by Colin Firth, run into each other unexpectedly, and the warmth in their smiles towards each other was just so charming. I wonder if they’re still friends after all these years? It sure seems like the chemistry was still there (I don’t mean romantic chemistry, just a sort of familiarity and affection – it really warmed my heart).

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    • SarahV

      I love the scene when Mrs. Logue comes home to find the Queen in her sitting room!

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  3. Author Jennifer Quail

    Well, best Lizzie ever (the P&P hill I will die on), and in The King’s Speech her reaction to her husband’s “client” and his wife is priceless (with bonus for HBC’s “it’s ma’am as in ham, not marm as in harm”) but I have to say, I loved her in Possession. Best. Corset. Scene. Ever.

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    • Susan Pola Staples

      I also loved Possession. It’s another that I’ll be rewatching – not sure when as my DVD player is on the fritz and Mom & I are moving at the end of April.

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  4. laBelleNoire

    That photo from The Camomile Lawn looks just like a still from an actual photo of the time. Her hair and makeup looks on point!

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  5. Nzie

    I am glad we’re all on the same page about her being the best Lizzie Bennet. I felt like Keira Knightly owed a lot to Jennifer Ehle—I swear her intonations were identical to JE’s on some lines. Subconsciously maybe she knew nothing could top 1995 BBC either?

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  6. Kathy

    Drat! Perked right up at Professor and the Madman. Fascinating story. It was one of the texts for my lexicography course in grad school. Then I saw Mel Gibson as the lead. Blergh!

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    • Trystan L. Bass

      I am as disappointed as you – I saw a preview for the film in the theaters (can’t find it online yet) & was SO annoyed by Gibson being in it (& apparently a producer) bec. I’ve been fascinated by this story.

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    • Janette

      Yep. My reaction too. I loved the book but why oh why cast Mel, and as someone who is supposed to be intelligent,,

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  7. Lynne Connolly

    I loved the earlier P&P with Elizabeth Garvie. That version was closer to the book. But Jennifer Ehle did a reasonable job. Apparently they ditched the period corsets in favour of Wonderbras!
    She has a “historical” face, doesn’t she? Can’t explain it, but she always looks as though she belongs.

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  8. Anon

    Tbh, she was never my Elizabeth Bennet, there’s other versions I enjoy more.
    Ehle was pale and curvy, elegant and a bit too mature, she seemed to fit more as the lovely Jane, than 19/20 year old tan and skinny* Lizzie, who walked miles outside with her petticoat six inches in mud.
    She was a wonderful actress though, and I also liked what little I saw of her in “The king’s speech” and “A little chaos”, so I think I’ll have to watch some of the other stuff she’s acted it.

    *Elizabeth was described as having a light figure, that allowed her to run faster than her sister Jane.

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  9. Charity

    Love her in everything. She has a wonderful period appearance — soft features and curves. Just watched Possession again the other night. She and Jeremy Northam are wonderful in the flashback / Victorian scenes.

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  10. mehkko

    Pride and Prejudice aired while my family lived in England during my dad’s master’s, and upon return to the US, my mom and I would watch bits and pieces nearly weekly when I was a kid. I used to tell people it was my “favorite movie”, and still love it beyond belief. Obviously then, Jennifer Ehle is my Lizzy, inescapably. Loooove her.

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