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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Jane Asher... And I love Her

Jane Asher is an English actress, author and entrepreneur.

Early years
Jane was born on April 5th, 1946 in London, England, and was the middle of three children (she had an older brother, Peter, and a younger sister, Claire). 
She was educated at Queen's College.

Child actress
The March 1965 issue of "16 Magazine", in an article entitled Jane Asher's rise to Stardom in pix it's explained: "ABOUT 12 years ago [ca. 1953] three children were playing in London's Hyde Park - three children with such flae-colored hair that a passerby turned to their mother and sais, 'You ought to do something about putting them on the stage. They'll be the talk of London. They're much a striking trio.' Jane Asher doesn't remember the incident, but this praise from a stranger had a profond effect on her life. for her mother, Margaret Asher, wife of a Wimpole Street doctor and a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in her own right, began to take her older daughter to agents for tiny parts in films. Jane was then five."
It was at the age of five that she made her film debut in "Mandy" (1952). Her interest in acting began when her parents took their three children to a theatrical agencies, thinking it would be fun for them to learn to act.
Her other screen appearances over the years, being either films or TV series, have included "Third Party Risk" (1953); "Dance Little Lady", "Adventure in the Hopfields" (1954); "The Quatermass Xperiment" (1955); "Charley Moon", "The Greengage Summer" (1956); "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1956, 1957 and 1958) and "The Buccaneers" (1958).

At the age of 12 she made her stage debut as Alice in "Through the Looking Glass" at the Oxford Playhouse in 1959. 

She also played the title role in dramatised versions of "Alice in Wonderland"and "Through the Looking Glass" for Argo Records in 1958.

Teen actress
In 1960 Jane became the youngest actress to play Wendy in a West End stage version of "Peter Pan".
Some of her TV works included "The Prince and the Pauper" (1962); "The Cold Equations" episode of "Out of This World" (1962); "Girl in the Headlines" (1963); "Romeo and Juliet" (1963); and two episodes of "The Saint" (1963 and 1964) and prestigious productions including the part of Lisle in "The Brothers Karamazov" (1964) and Maggie Tulliver in "The Mill on the Floss" (1965).
Her first film to be released in the United States was "The Masque of the Red Death" (1964), directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price and Hazel Court. In 1966 she starred opposite Michael Caine in "Alfie". 
The same year she acted as Cassandra in "The Trojan Women" and as Perdita in "The Winter's Tale", that was filmed and released in 1968. She also had featured in various stage productions for the Bristol Old Vic, including the title role in "Cleo" (1965) by Frank Marcus, the part of Ellen Terry in "Sixty Thousand Nights" and Eliza in "Pygmalion" (1965). 

She was well known on the British television for her appearance as a panelist on the BBC's "Juke Box Jury". 

Relationship with Paul McCartney
She was 17 years old when she first met the Beatles on Thursday 18 April 1963. They were appearing on the BBC radio broadcast 'Swingin' Sound' at the Royal Albert Hall. Jane went along to pose for Radio Times photographer Tony Asper who pictured her screaming in the audience. The article appeared in the 2 May 1963 edition of the Radio Times with Jane commenting, "Now these I could scream for."
The romance became public when they were snapped by a photographer as they left the Prince of Wales Theatre after attending Neil Simon's play 'Never Too Late' the December of that year.

Paul moved into the Asher family home at 57 Wimpole Street, a five story town house. This relationship with an upper middle-class family broadened his cultural horizons. There were stimulating discussions around the Asher family dinner table and the two of them attended musicals, classical concerts, plays and exhibitions and went on holiday together to exotic places. 
The young actress became the inspiration for a number of his songs, initially purely love songs, which changed as the relationship entered stormy patches - primarily because she refused to give up her career. 'She Loves You' was written in the music room at Wimpole Street. Songs inspired by Jane included 'And I Love Her', 'Every Little Thing', 'We Can Work It Out', 'You Won't See Me', 'I'm Looking Through You' and 'Here, There And Everywhere.'
It was Jane who, in June 1966, persuaded Paul to buy High Farm, a 183-acre farm in Machrihanish, Campbeltown, Scotland, suggesting it would be a good idea for them to have a remote retreat to which they could escape from the pressures of being constantly in the public eye.

The crisis in their relationship arose from the fact that Jane had a successful career which she was determined to pursue. Paul wanted his girlfriend to dedicate herself to him in the type of relationship common between men and women in working-class Liverpool. However, Jane came from a different world and had her own strong opinions; extending her own horizons as an actress didn't include becoming a subservient woman and sacrificing her career for 'her man.'

The two decided to get married in 1967. On New Year's Day 1968 he proposed, gave her a diamond and emerald ring and they travelled up north to 'Rembrandt' (his Liverpool home) to tell Paul's father.

But the five-year romance came to an abrupt end, despite the fact that they obviously loved each other. Jane had been a virgin when they met and fidelity to a partner obviously meant a great deal to her. On the other hand, Paul had always been a womanizer. During her absences when touring, he had been dating other girls and began an affair with an American, Francie Schwartz.
Jane arrived home unexpectedly when Paul was in bed with Schwartz. She walked out on him and sent her mother to Cavendish Avenue to collect her belongings.
On the 20 July 1968 edition of the BBC Television show 'Dee Time', she announced officially that their engagement was off. She was to say, "I know it sounds corny, but we still see each other and love each other, but it hasn't worked out. Perhaps we'll be childhood sweethearts and meet again and get married when we're about 70." The couple did meet once or twice after the Schwartz incident, but the split was final. 

The 1970s
Jane kept with her acting career, playing great roles in 1970s films like "The Buttercup Chain" and "Deep End" (1970), for which she was nominated at a BAFTA for a best supporting actress; Jane Seymour in "Henry VIII and His Six Wives" (1972), as well as television appwarances like Nigel Kneale's "The Stone Tape" (1972); "Rumpole of the Bailey" (1977) and "Hawkmoor" (1978). 

Her stage roles included the Broadway production of "The Philanthropist" (1970); "Old Flames" (1975); "Treats" (1976);  "Ophelia", "Strawberry Fields" (1977); and "Whose Life is it Anyway?" and "Peter Pan" (1978).

In 1971 she met illustrator and political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, from Pink Floyd's "The Wall" fame, at a ship board party given by the satirical magazine Private Eye. Jane recalls: "I felt something had hit me, something had arrived... We both called each other up the next day."
The two fell in love and their first child Katie was born on 17 April 1974.

The 1980s
In the 1980s her acting roles included the part of Celia Rider opposite Jermy Irons in "Brideshead Revisited" (1981); with James Fox in "Love is Old, Love is New" (1982), a drama about a couple obsessed with the 1960s which featured a lot of Beatles music; in "Runners" (1983) teaming up with James Fox again; "Success is the Best Revenge" and with Laurence Olivier in John Mortimer's "A Voyage Round My Father" (1984), for which Jane was nominated at a BAFTA for best actress. She also appeared with Ian Holm and Coral Browne in "Dreamchild" (1985).
Other roles included "The Mistress" (1987) and "Wish Me Luck" (seasons 1987-89).

Her stage roles from the 1980s include "Before The Party" (1980), "Blythe Spirit" (1986) and "Henceforward" (1988) opposite Ian McKellen. 

It was also in the 1980s that Jane started to write books on entertaining, fancy dress and ornate cake decoration, like "Jane Asher's Party Cakes" (1982), "Jane Asher's Fancy Dress" (1983), "Silent Nights for You and Your Baby" (1984), "Jane Asher's Quick Party Cakes" (1986), "Easy Entertaining" (1987); "Moppy is Angry" and "Moppy is Happy" (1987) illustrated by her husband Gerald Scarfe; "Jane Asher's Children Parties" and "Keep Your Baby Safe" (1988), and "Calendar of Cakes" (1989).

As for her personal life, she had two more children, both sons: Alexander in December 1981 and Rory in 1984. Jane and Gerald were eventually married in 1981 and settled in Chelsea.

The 1990s
The 1990s was the most successful decade of her career. She continued with acting, appearing in "Murder Most Horrid" (1991), "Closing Numbers" (1994) and "The Choir" (1995), in the stage plays "Making it Better" (1992) with Rufus Sewell; "The Things We Do for Love" (1998) and the cult TV series "Absolutely Fabulous", among others.

In 1994, she portrayed the "Doctor Who" companion Susan Foreman in a BBC Radio 4 comedy drama "Whatever Happened to Susan Foreman?". 

In 1995 launched her own national publication Jane Asher's Magazine, at a time when she regularly featured on television commercials.

She has had her various cake products sold in the supermarkets, her kitchen items in the do-it-yourself stores, a regular TV show of her own, and her own weekly column in a national newspaper, plus the publication of 14 lifestyle books. In 1998 she had her first novel 'The Longing' published, followed by others including 'The Question' and 'Trying To Get Out.'

Recent years
Her TV roles included the failed revival of "Crossroads" (2003). In 2006, Asher starred in the Richard Fell adaptation of the 1960s science fiction series "A for Andromeda". Asher appeared in the BC medical drama "Holby City" as Lady Byrne, a role she still occasionally reprises. In Octoer 2007, she played Andrea Yates in a story in "The Sarah Jane Adventures", in the episode "Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?". Asher co-starred in the 2008 ITV drama series "The Palace", filmed in Lithuania; she played Queen Charlotte, mother of King Richard IV. In 2009 she played Sally in the BBC One comedy series "The Old Guys".

As for films, in 2005 she starred in Vicente Aranda's "Tirant Lo Blanch" and in 2007 she portrayed the widow Sandra in the Frank Oz film "Death at a Funeral"
In 2000 she appeared in two plays at the National Theatre: "House" and "Garden"; she starred in "Festen" at the Arts Theatre in 2004 and in "The World's Biggest Diamons", by Gregory Motton, at the Royal Court Theatre in 2005. In October 2009, she appeared as Delia in Peter Hall's revival of Alan Ayckbourn's "Bedrom Farce" at the Rose Theatre, Kingston and in her first pantomime, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at Richmond Theatre in December 2009, receiving enthusiastic reviews for both.

Another notable radio appearance was in "The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (2002) in the episode "The Peculiar Persecution of Mr. John Vincent Harden".

In August 2008, Asher appeared in the reality TV talent show-themed television series "Maestro", on BBC Two, where eight well-known show business personalities competed for the "prize" of conducting during Proms in the Park.

In 2011 she returned to the Rose, Kingston as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "Farewell to the Theatre".
In 2012 she appeared in "Charley's Aunt" at the Menier Chocolate Factory. In the summer of 2013 she played Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park.
In 2014 Jane played the role of  Claudia in the first ever stage adaptation of Penelope Lively's "Moon Tiger".

She is a shareholder in "Private Eye", President of the Arthritis Care and a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association. She is also President of the National Autistic Society, in which she takes an active role. She was a speaker at the launch of the National Autistic Society's "Make School Make Sense" campaign alongside Joshua Muggleton. She is President of Parkinson's UK.
In March 2010, she became Vice President to Autistica, a UK charity raising funds for autism research.

Title pic: Jane Asher was in Los Angeles from March 7th to 25th 1967 performing "Romeo & Juliet" and "Measure for Measure". From Lady Jane yahoo group.
Pic 1: 1966 portrait of Jane Asher as Perdita in "The Winter's Tale" stage play, that was filmed an released on cinemas on 1968. From Lady Jane yahoo group. 
Pic 2: Outdoor portrait of Jane in heavy make-up wearing a purple sweater top. From the cover of Australian's Women's Weekly magazine,August 7th 1968 issue. Picture by David Hicks.
Pics 3 & 4: Jane Asher portraits from Fabulous Magazine. Posted at Lady Jane Yahoo group.
Pic 5: 1966 Jane Asher by John Kelly for Vogue Magazine. From Lady Jane yahoo group.
Pic 6: Jane posed for Ladies Home Journal for a pictorial of beautiful red heads: "Who else but a born redhead like actress Jane Asher could so successfully wear a mane of shocking carroty hair. (Remember how exciting she looked in Alfie with Michael Caine?) Jane was happy to receive her gift from nature, but would have liked to say, "No, thank you" to its accompaniment: ultra-sensitive skin. Like most redheads, her only solution is to stay out of the sun as much as possible." From Lady Jane yahoo group.
Pics 7 & 8: Jane Asher in "The Wicked Women" (1970). Many thanks to Tony Owen for sending the screen caps for www.janeasher.webs.com (his youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/StatesEdgeFilms). *Please do not remove the credit or change the source.*
Pic 9: Jane Asher as Celia in a scene from Christopher Hampton's "The Philanthropist". The play opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London on August 3, 1970, then moved to the May Fair Theatre. Later, in spring 1971, Jane appeared in "The Philanthropist" in New York City at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

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