Close-Up: Jane Austen’s Women, On Screen

“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” Persuasion, 1817.

  • Amanda Root, Persuasion (1995)
  • Alicia Silverstone, Clueless (1995, adapted from Emma)
  • Jennifer Ehle, Pride and Prejudice (1995)
  • Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson, Sense and Sensibility (1995)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow and Toni Collette, Emma (1996)
  • Frances O’Connor, Mansfield Park (2000)
  • Renée Zellweger, Bridget Jones’ Diary (2000, inspired by Pride and Prejudice)
  • Aishwarya Rai, Bride & Prejudice (2004, adapted from Pride and Prejudice)
  • Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice (2005)
  • Kate Beckinsale, Love & Friendship (2016, adapted from Lady Susan)