Jennifer Caron Hall

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Jennifer Caron Hall
Born (1958-09-21) 21 September 1958 (age 58)
London
Occupation Actress, singer-songwriter, artist, journalist
Spouse(s) Alex Clive (1984–1989; divorced)
Glenn Wilhide (1996–present)
Parent(s) Sir Peter Hall
Leslie Caron
Website bluebirogallery.com

Jennifer Caron Hall (born 21 September 1958; also known as Jenny Wilhide)[1] is an English actress, singer-songwriter, artist and journalist.[2]

Early life[edit]

Hall was born in London, the daughter of English director Sir Peter Hall and French actress and dancer Leslie Caron. She has a brother, TV producer Christopher Hall, and four half-siblings, including actress Rebecca Hall and director Edward Hall.

Hall was educated at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, Bedales School, and Newnham College, Cambridge, where she read English.[3]

Actress[edit]

As an actress at the National Theatre in London Jennifer Caron Hall played Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Bill Bryden in 1982–1983, starring Paul Scofield and Susan Fleetwood as Oberon and Titania. The production began in the Cottesloe and transferred to the Lyttelton in 1983, and while Hall continued to play Helena, Scofield was replaced by Sir Robert Stephens and Brenda Blethyn joined the cast as Hermia. In 1988 Jennifer Hall played Miranda in The Tempest at the National Theatre directed by her father. This production was one of a triplet of productions known as 'The Late Plays' which Peter Hall directed as his farewell as Artistic Director of that theatre. (The Winter's Tale, Cymbeline, and The Tempest). After opening in London they toured the Soviet Union (The Art's Theatre, Moscow, and Tibilisi) and the Globe Theatre in Tokyo, and Epidaurus in Greece before returning to London and transferring to the Olivier at the National Theatre.

In the BBC's 1995 television adaptation of Rumer Godden's The Peacock Spring, Hall played Alix Lamont, a character of half-Indian, half-European descent. The production was directed by Christopher Morahan and produced by Glenn Wilhide for ZED and was screened on PBS Masterpiece Theatre in the USA in 1997. Also in 1997 she co-starred with Rolf Saxon voicing the leads, George and Nico, in the video game "Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror". The voiceover actors were directed by her half-brother Edward Hall. She played Princess Betsy in the 1997 film adaptation of Anna Karenina, directed by Bernard Rose.

Musician[edit]

Hall was signed to Warner Bros. Records and as Jennifer Hall released the album Fortune and Men's Eyes in 1987.[4] Her song "Ice Cream Days" also appears on the Bright Lights, Big City: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.[5]

Artist[edit]

Self-portrait created by Jennifer Caron Hall.

Hall began painting on her iPhone in late 2009 and created The Blue Biro Gallery blog where she exhibits some of her work.[6] Her digitally enhanced self-portrait was featured in the Vogue blog.[7] She sketched actors in rehearsal for a touring production of A Winter's Tale, and her sketches of her father's rehearsals for Henry IV part I & Ii were printed in the 2011 season programmes at Theatre Royal, Bath. In March 2012 the Theatre Royal in Bath commissioned her to paint a portrait of her father in oils. It was a surprise portrait, which he did not sit for- and knew nothing about it when he unveiled it at a gala on 25 May 2012 to celebrate the 48 productions he directed there.

Detail from a portrait of her father Sir Peter Hall, by Jennifer Caron Hall.

She had her first solo show at the Serena Moreton Gallery in Ladbroke Grove in June 2013.[8]

Journalist[edit]

As a freelance journalist writing under the name Jenny Wilhide, she has been frequently published in titles such as the Evening Standard,[9] The Spectator,[10] the Robb Report and the Telegraph Magazine. Under the editorship of Sarah Sands she wrote a joint column with Tamasin Day-Lewis in the Reader's Digest.

Personal life[edit]

Hall has one daughter, Stephanie Clive, from her first marriage. She met her second husband TV producer and screenwriter Glenn Wilhide while filming The Peacock Spring in India, and they were married in November 1996.

References[edit]

  • Masterpiece Theatre
  • Book: "The Cottesloe at the National: Infinite Riches in a Little Room" 1999 Mulryne & Shewring Ltd

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