Ellen Terry (1847-1928) rose to fame as an actress in the 19th century, when her stage partnership with Henry Irving at London's Lyceum Theatre drew capacity crowds. She was notorious for flaunting the moral code of her day, marrying three times and having illegitimate children.
Joy Melville first worked for Punch magazine and was the Assistant Editor of New Society.
'I thought I knew 'Nell' but only Joy Melville in this beautifully illustrated book succeeds in giving us the full colour of an actress whom every woman wanted to emulate and every man wanted to seduce.' - Sir Donald Sinden
‘ . . . A generous selection of lovely photographs of the subject striking diva-like poses – one of the things that makes this book a joy from start to finish.’ - David McLaurin, The Tablet