Helena

Definition

Theater

  • The enigmatic heroine of Shakespeare's All's Well thatEnds Well. The orphaned daughter of a physician, Helena lovesthe aristocratic Bertram and eventually, through much scheming,wins him. The role is a difficult one for an actress, as it is easyfor Helena to appear something of a gold-digger. The first actressto have any real success with the role was Peg Woffington.
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