Knowledge Identifier: +George_Bernard_Shaw
Born in 1856.
Countries: United Kingdom (49%), United States (22%), Italy (7%)
Linked to: London School of Economics, British Museum, Wesley College, Dublin, Academy Award for Best Writing
In 1876, Shaw joined his mother's London household
Bustle - The bustle reappeared in late 1881, and was exaggerated to become a major fashion feature in the mid and late 1880s, in 1885 reaching preposterous proportions to modern eyes, as used in the play "Arms and the Man" by George Bernard Shaw
In 1882, influenced by Henry George's views on land nationalization, Shaw concluded that private ownership of land and its exploitation for personal profit was a form of theft, and advocated equitable distribution of land and natural resources and their control by governments intent on promoting the commonwealth
Havelock Ellis - He joined The Fellowship of the New Life in 1883, meeting other social reformers Eleanor Marx, Edward Carpenter and George Bernard Shaw
Sidney Webb - He was one of the early members of the Fabian Society in 1884, along with George Bernard Shaw
Oscar Wilde was the sole literary signatory of Shaw's petition for a pardon of the anarchists arrested after the Haymarket massacre in Chicago in 1886
Graham Wallas - Wallas joined the Fabian Society in April 1886, following his acquaintances Sidney Webb and George Bernard Shaw
Harry Plunket Greene - In 1891 George Bernard Shaw found him 'fairly equal to the occasion in the wonderful duet' from Bach's Whitsuntide Canatata, "O, Ewiges Feuer", with the Bach Choir
Richard Mansfield - He was one of the earliest to produce George Bernard Shaw's plays in America, appearing in 1894 as Bluntschli in "Arms and the Man", and as Dick Dudgeon in "The Devil's Disciple" in 1897
May Morris - The marriage broke down in 1894 over her affair with a former lover, the playwright George Bernard Shaw
Janet Achurch - George Bernard Shaw wrote the title role of his play "Candida" with her in mind and would only allow the play to be performed if Achurch played the title role, which took place in 1897 at Her Majesty's Theatre
Giacomo Meyerbeer - The downgrading of Meyerbeer became a commonplace amongst Wagnerites: in 1898, George Bernard Shaw, in "The Perfect Wagnerite", commented that "Nowadays young people cannot understand how anyone could have taken Meyerbeer's influence seriously
Thomas Common - In 1901 he published a book called "Nietzsche as Critic, Philosopher, Poet and Prophet", which was extremely enthusiastic about its subject, and was recommended to the publisher by George Bernard Shaw
Louise Closser Hale - Her first theatrical success came in 1903, when she appeared in a Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw's "Candida"
From 1904 to 1907, several of his plays had their London premieres in notable productions at the Court Theatre, managed by Harley Granville-Barker and J. E. Vedrenne
Frank Goldsmith - In 1904 he was elected a member of London County Council representing St Pancras South with W.H.H. Gastrell as municipal reformers, having defeated both George Bernard Shaw and Sir William Geary, who were standing as Progressives
Sybil Thorndike - In 1908, she was spotted by the playwright George Bernard Shaw when she understudied the leading role of "Candida" in a tour directed by Shaw himself
Rutland Boughton - The first production was not the projected Arthurian Cycle but that of Boughton's new choral-drama, "The Immortal Hour", composed in 1912 which with a national appeal to raise funds was produced with the full backing of Sir Granville Bantock, Thomas Beecham, John Galsworthy, Eugene Goossens, Gustav Holst, Dame Ethel Smyth and Shaw and others
New Statesman - The "New Statesman" was founded in 1913 by Sidney and Beatrice Webb with the support of George Bernard Shaw and other prominent members of the Fabian Society
Operetta - For example, the characters in Lerner and Loewe's musical "My Fair Lady", which is based on George Bernard Shaw's 1914 play "Pygmalion", are essentially unchanged from those in Shaw's stage work, because the musical version is quite faithful to the original , even to the point of retaining most of Shaw's dialogue
Einar Sissener - Sissener made his stage debut on Centralteatret in 1919, as the character "Philip" in an adaption of George Bernard Shaw's play "You Never Can Tell"
Claude Rains - Rains began his career in the London theatre, having a success in the title role of John Drinkwater's play "Ulysses S. Grant", the follow-up to the playwright's major hit "Abraham Lincoln", and travelled to Broadway in the late 1920s to act in leading roles in such plays as Shaw's "The Apple Cart" and in the dramatisations of "The Constant Nymph", and Pearl S. Buck's novel "The Good Earth," as a Chinese farmer
Sybil Thorndike - She returned to the stage in the title role of George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan" in 1924, which had been written with her specifically in mind
Sybil Thorndike - She appeared in a 1927 short film, made in the DeForest Phonofilm process, of her performing as Saint Joan in an excerpt of the play by George Bernard Shaw
Walter Starkie - Its only publication, "A Survey of Fascism ", had an article by him, "Whither is Ireland Heading - Is It Fascism- Thoughts on the Irish Free State-" During the 1930s, along with George Bernard Shaw and W.B. Yeats he was an apologist for Benito Mussolini, whom he had interviewed in 1927
After visiting the USSR in 1931 and meeting Joseph Stalin, Shaw became a supporter of the Stalinist USSR
Cecil Arthur Lewis - In 1931, he co-wrote and directed a short film adaptation of the George Bernard Shaw play "How He Lied to Her Husband"
Marie Lohr - Her first film appearance was in the 1932 film version of "Aren't we All-", and having appeared in several of George Bernard Shaw's works onstage - her subsequent films included two Shaw adaptations
The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money - He mailed a letter to his friend George Bernard Shaw on New Year's Day, 1935:
Penguin Books - Lane expanded the business in 1937 with the publication of George Bernard Shaw's "The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism" under the "'Pelican Books"' imprint, an imprint designed to educate the reading public rather than entertain
Francis L. Sullivan - He played the role of Pothinus in the 1945 film version of George Bernard Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra"
Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor - Her sisters had all died, "Red Ellen" Wilkinson died in 1947, George Bernard Shaw died in 1950, and she did not take well to widowhood
James Broderick - In 1947 Broderick, a junior pre-med student, auditioned for a part in the UNH production of George Bernard Shaw's "Arms and the Man"
Margaret Lockwood - She made a return to the stage in a record-breaking national tour of Noël Coward's "Private Lives" in 1949, and played Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" at the Edinburgh Festival of 1951, and the title role in J. M. Barrie's "Peter Pan" in 1949, 1950, and 1957
Charles Boyer - In 1951, he appeared on the Broadway stage in one of his most notable roles, that of Don Juan, in a dramatic reading of the third act of George Bernard Shaw's "Man and Superman"
Arthur Lithgow - In summer 1951 he was associate producer of the Shaw Festival at the Rice Playhouse on Martha's Vineyard, where he performed in several plays by George Bernard Shaw
Noel Coward - Despite his disappointments during this period, Coward maintained a high public profile; his performance as King Magnus in Shaw's "The Apple Cart" for the Coronation season of 1953, co-starring Margaret Leighton, received much coverage in the press, and his cabaret act, honed during his wartime tours entertaining the troops, was a supreme success, first in London at the Café de Paris, and later in Las Vegas
Tyrone Power - In 1956, the year Columbia released "The Eddy Duchin Story", another great success for the star, he returned to England to play the rake, Dick Dudgeon, in a revival of Shaw's "The Devil's Disciple" for one week at the Opera House in Manchester and nineteen weeks at the Winter Garden, London
John Burgoyne - He appears as a character in George Bernard Shaw's play "The Devil's Disciple" and its 1959 and 1978 film adaptions
Edward Bond - Since the early 1970s, Bond has been conspicuous as the first dramatist since George Bernard Shaw to produce long, serious prose prefaces to his plays
The Shaw Theatre, Euston Road, London, opened in 1971, was named in his honour
Deanna Dunagan - She made her Broadway debut in the 1979 production of George Bernard Shaw's "Man and Superman" at Circle in the Square as an understudy for Ann Sachs
Rex Harrison - He returned as Henry Higgins in a highly paid revival of "My Fair Lady" directed by Patrick Garland in 1981, cementing his association with the plays of George Bernard Shaw which included a Tony nominated performance as Shotover in "Heartbreak House", Julius Caesar in "Caesar and Cleopatra", and General Burgoyne in a Los Angeles production of "The Devil's Disciple"
Petula Clark - In 1983, she took on the title role in George Bernard Shaw's "Candida