Dame Jane Elizabeth Ailwên Phillips, known professionally as Siân Phillips, is a Welsh actress. Phillips was born in Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, Wales, the daughter of Sally, a teacher, David Phillips, a steelworker who became a policeman, she is a Welsh-speaker: in the first volume of her autobiography Private Faces she notes that she spoke only Welsh for much of her childhood, learning English by listening to the radio. Phillips attended Pontardawe Grammar School and was known there as Jane, but her Welsh teacher called her Siân, the Welsh form of Jane, she took up English and philosophy at University College Cardiff. Phillips graduated from the University of Wales in 1955, she entered the RADA with a scholarship in September 1955, the same year as Diana Rigg and Glenda Jackson. She went on to win the Bancroft Gold Medal for Hedda Gabler and was offered work in Hollywood when she left the RADA. While still a student, she was offered three film contracts to work for an extended period of time in the United States, but she declined, preferring to work on stage instead.
Phillips began acting professionally at the age of 11 with the Home Service of BBC Radio in Wales. Her first role was as a ginger tom cat. At the same age she won her first speech-and-drama award, for her performance at the National Eisteddfod held at Llandybïe in 1944, where she and a schoolfriend played the parts of two elderly men in a dramatic duologue, she made her first British television appearance at 17 and won a Welsh acting award at 18. In 1953, while still a student at Cardiff University, she worked as a newsreader and announcer for the BBC in Wales and toured Wales in Welsh-language productions of the Welsh Arts Council. From 1953 to 1955 Phillips was a member of the BBC Repertory Company and the National Theatre Company and toured Wales performing Welsh and English plays for the Welsh Arts Council. For the Nottingham Playhouse in 1958, she was Masha in Three Sisters, she performed as Princess Siwan in Saunders Lewis' The King's Daughter at the Hampstead Theatre Club in 1959 and as Katherine in Taming of the Shrew for the Oxford Playhouse in 1960.
She was Princess Siwan again in the BBC's production of Siwan: The King's Daughter alongside Peter O'Toole with Emyr Humphrys as producer. It was broadcast on BBC One on 1 March 1960. From October 1958 to April 1959 she was compere of the Land of Song monthly programme at TWW Channel 10 with baritone Ivor Emmanuel, she made her first appearance on the London stage in 1957 when she appeared in Hermann Sudermann's Magda for RADA. Magda, about an opera diva, was her first real success in London; the play benefited her career greatly. In 1957 Phillips performed the title role in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. Many sources consider this her London stage debut but she did Magda before Hedda Gabler. In September 1958 she was performing as Margaret Muir in John Hall's The Holiday at Oxford New Theatre. In May 1958 Phillips performed as Joan in G. B. Shaw's Saint Joan, at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, which had opened just six weeks before, produced by Bryan Bailey. An observer described her performance: "Sian Phillips' portrayal of Joan defies the law of averages, after seeing Siobhan McKenna in the 1955 Arts Theatre production, I reckoned it impossible to equal within half a century.
Like the Irish girl, the Welsh girl is perfect...'This girl doesn't act Joan – she is Joan.' In short, perfection."She was Julia in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1960–1961 version of The Duchess of Malfi. Her Royal Shakespeare Company performances are: Julia in The Duchess of Malfi: at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. Julia in The Duchess of Malfi: at the Aldwych Theatre Bertha in Ondine: at the Aldwych Theatre Miss Havisham in Great Expectations: at Royal Shakespeare Company, her long career has included many films and television programmes, but she is best known for starring as Livia in the popular BBC adaptation of Robert Graves's novel I, for which she won the 1977 BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress, for many appearances on the original run of Call My Bluff. She appeared opposite her then-husband Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton in Becket. Another popular role was that of the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam in David Lynch's Dune and Charal from Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, she appeared in seasons 2 and 4 of the Canadian TV series La Femme Nikita as Adrian, the renegade founder of the powerful Section One anti-terrorist organisation.
In 2001, she appeared as herself in Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. and in Ballykissangel as faith healer Consuela Dunphy in Episode 7. Her most recent film is The Gigolos by Richard Bracewell. In 2010, she appeared in New Tricks in the ep
Sirope Tour is a concert tour by Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz as promoting his album Sirope. The tour will begin in Spain for the following cities: Córdoba, Roquetas de Mar, Gijón, A Coruña, Palma de Mallorca, Palafrugell, Benidorm, Murcia, Albacete, Barcelona, Bilbao, Málaga and Sevilla for a total of 25 concerts. Mike Ciro - Musical Director and Guitar Alfonso Pérez - Piano and Vocal Nathaniel Townsley - Drums Bri Sosa - Bass Sara Devine - Vocal Crystal "Rovel" Torres - Trumpet Glenda del E - Piano and Vocal Freddy "Fuego" González- Trombone Victor Mirallas - Saxophone and Clarinet Web Oficial Alejandro Sanz
John Rhea Barton Willing was an American music enthusiast and violin collector, prominent in New York and Philadelphia society during the Gilded Age. Willing was born in Philadelphia on December 21, 1864, he was the only surviving son of Alice Bell Willing. His siblings included Susan Ridgway Willing, who married Francis Cooper Lawrence Jr.. His maternal grandfather, namesake, was the wealthy Dr. John Rhea Barton, an orthopedic surgeon best remembered for describing Barton's fracture, his maternal grandmother, Ann Fries Barton, died in 1837 and his grandfather remarried to heiress Susanna Ridgway Rotch, the daughter of merchant Jacob Ridgway. His grand-uncle, Dr. William P. C. Barton, was a renowned doctor and surgeon. Willing's father, the son of Richard Willing, was the paternal grandson of Thomas Willing, who served as Mayor of Philadelphia and the first president of First Bank of the United States, the great-grandson of Charles Willing a Mayor of Philadelphia. Willing entered the University of Pennsylvania, where his father graduated from in 1864, in 1881 and graduated with an A.
B. degree in 1885. At Penn, he was a member of Delta Psi fraternity, he graduated from Christ Church, Oxford in 1886. In 1892, Willing was included in Ward McAllister's "Four Hundred", purported to be an index of New York's best families, published in The New York Times. Conveniently, 400 was the number of people. Willing, like his sister, moved in the "highest social circles" and was considered an accomplished athlete, he was a founding member of the Philadelphia Sparring Club. Willing made and collected violins, including several instruments considered the finest known, art works, including a renowned copy of the Henry Inman portrait of John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States. After several years of prominence in society in New York and Newport, around 1893 he "gave up the usual social gayeties" to travel around the U. S. and Europe "in search of violins and violin lore. His passion for music and for the violin soon grew until he gave most of his time to its indulgence." Willing occupied 511 South Broad Street in Philadelphia, directly across the street from the home of his grandfather, John Rhea Barton, where his mother grew up.
Willing, who did not marry and had no children, died from pneumonia at the Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia on September 2, 1913. He was buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. Willing left the bulk of his estate to his nephew, Vincent Astor. In his will, he left a Stradivarius violin to his longtime friend, A. Lanfear Norrie, who predeceased him. John Rhea Barton Willing at Find a Grave