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Encyclopedia > Henry VIII and His Six Wives

Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972) is the only feature-length film to deal with all six of King Henry VIII's wives (other television movies have divided the story up into two or six parts.) For the play, see Henry VIII (play). ...


The film was also the first feature-length film made on Henry VIII since the 1933 comedy of manners The Private Life of Henry VIII. For the play, see Henry VIII (play). ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Private Life of Henry VIII is a 1933 film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. ...


The star of the film was Australian actor Keith Michell, who had played the King two years previously in the BBC television movies The Six Wives of Henry VIII. Charlotte Rampling starred as Anne Boleyn, Jane Asher played her successor Jane Seymour, Brian Blessed as the king's brother-in-law and Lynne Frederick played Henry's teenage fifth queen Catherine Howard. Frederick's husband, Peter Sellers, began pursuing her after watching her portray Catherine Howard. Keith Michell (born 1 December 1928) is an Australian actor and producer. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, invariably known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of £4 billion. ... The Six Wives of Henry VIII was a series of six teleplays produced by the BBC and first transmitted between 1 January and 5 February 1970. ... Rampling modeling on a Mickey Spillane book cover, 1972. ... A portrait of Anne Boleyn painted some years after her death. ... Jane Asher (born April 5, 1946) is a British film and television actress and the author of several full-length novels. ... Jane Seymour was strict and formal compared to her flamboyant predecessor, Anne Boleyn. ... Brian Blessed (pronounced //, or in the tradition of English poetry, Blessèd, born October 9, 1937) is an English actor, who came to fame as PC Fancy Smith in the BBC TV police drama series Z Cars. ... Lynne Frederick (July 25, 1954 – April 27, 1994) was a British actress. ... Miniature watercolour portrait of Catherine Howard, attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger. ... Richard Henry Peter Sellers, CBE (September 8, 1925 – July 24, 1980) was an English comedian, actor, and performer, who came to prominence on the BBC radio series The Goon Show and later became a film star. ... Miniature watercolour portrait of Catherine Howard, attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger. ...


The film is also the only one to portray the inaccurate legend of Anne Boleyn's deformed finger (see the article on her life.) It was not until 2003, in a 2-part television movie, that Henry VIII's private life was retold - this time with the cast of Ray Winstone (Henry VIII), Helena Bonham Carter (Anne Boleyn), David Suchet (Cardinal Wolsey), Sean Bean (Robert Aske) and Emily Blunt (Catherine Howard). A portrait of Anne Boleyn painted some years after her death. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the play, see Henry VIII (play). ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... For the play, see Henry VIII (play). ... Bonham Carter as Rosemary in Keep the Aspidistra Flying Helena Bonham Carter (born May 26, 1966) is an Oscar-nominated English actress. ... A portrait of Anne Boleyn painted some years after her death. ... David Suchet as Hercule Poirot (foreground) with Hugh Fraser as Captain Arthur Hastings. ... Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (c. ... Shaun Mark Bean (born 17 April 1959) is an English film and stage actor from Sheffield, South Yorkshire. ... Robert Aske (died 1537) was an English political leader from York who led the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536. ... Emily Blunt (born February 23, 1983) is a British actress best known for her work in the films irresistible (2006) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006). ... Miniature watercolour portrait of Catherine Howard, attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger. ...


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