For all my oft-stated dislike of Charles Dickens and most Great Expectations adaptions, I have a goth’s natural soft spot for the character of Miss Havisham. She’s bitter, twisted, and vengeful, sitting for years in the dark, wearing her decaying wedding gown. That has the makings of a fabulous horror movie, and she’s kind of wasted within the novel she inhabits. But the actresses who’ve played her in historical costume movies and TV shows have certainly shown Miss Havisham as the central figure she should be. Because sometimes, you just want to wallow around in rotting lace, eat cake, and plot some sweet sweet revenge. Thus, my woman crush this week is the fictional but fabulous, the man-hating, one-shoed, ever-bridal Miss Havisham and all the women who’ve brought her to life.
Florence Reed in Great Expectations, 1934
Martita Hunt in Great Expectations, 1946
Margaret Leighton in Great Expectations, 1974
Joan Hickson in Great Expectations, 1981
Jean Simmons in Great Expectations, 1991
Charlotte Rampling in Great Expectations, 1999
Gillian Anderson in Great Expectations, 2011
Helena Bonham Carter in Great Expectations, 2012
Tuppence Middleton in Dickensian, 2016
Are you Team Havisham?