Natural & Character


Dame Marie TempestDame Marie Tempest

No. 47

Dame Marie Tempest as Empress Elizabeth in "Little Catherine"

Marie Tempest hardly ever appears on the stage in any period but her own, and therefore her use of make-up is sparing in the extreme. On the occasions when she alters her appearance, she manages it as exquisitely as she does everything else. Here she is as she appeared in her memorable death-scene as the masterful Dowager Empress of Russia in Little Catherine. Observe the skill with which the shadows are made to suggest an old age that has been defied but not defeated. actress has destroyed everything in her appearance that is uncompromisingly feminine.