The Life and Death of Charles Hawtrey

Author: Wes Butters

Publisher: Tomahawk Press

ISBN: 9780955767074

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

View: 7196

At last - the definitive biography of Charles Hawtrey! From Wes Butters, Sony award winning broadcaster and author of Kenneth Williams Unseen, comes an extensively researched and compelling book almost fifteen years in the making, featuring scores of exclusive interviews, including Hawtrey's inner circle and surviving descendents, never-before-seen photographs, and private documents and correspondence. The result is the first definitive account of a life Hawtrey himself was keen to see evaporate into the mist of history. Years before, Hawtrey started out as a child actor in silent films, he was England's leading boy soprano and worked alongside a positive who's who of the thirties and forties. He had directed films and produced West End shows, starred in three hit TV series and was a prolific radio actor for the BBC. Yet he was never content and spent his life desperately searching for stardom and success, which, in his own deluded way of thinking, always failed to live up to expectations. He wasn't the least bit interested in his reputation or leaving a legacy, growing old disgracefully in Deal, the Kent seaside town he lived in for the last twenty years of his life: collapsing in pubs; swearing at autograph-hunting children; and, taking home teenage rent boys (one of whom set fire to Hawtrey's cottage, with Hawtrey still inside it). He died in 1988. Nine people were at his funeral.

Charles Hawtrey, 1914-1988

The Man who was Private Widdle

Author: Roger Lewis

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571210893

Category: Gay actors

Page: 112

View: 2942

This is a small masterpiece of biographical investigation, and fitting testament to a comic genius whose place in British cultural history is now assured. Charles Hawtrey, the skinny one with the granny glasses, was everybody's favourite in the Carry Ons - but who exactly was he? Up to now the man has remained a mystery. Examining Hawtrey's origins as a child star and performer in revue and the Will Hay films, this wonderful little book looks at his career in radio and television, and then to the sad and slow decline of a belligerent recluse on the Kent coast. The high camp exuberance of his acting gave way to bitterness and alcoholism and if you asked Hawtrey for an autograph he'd be more likely to call the police instead.Roger Lewis's short life of Hawtrey opens out like a Chinese box to address such issues as the nature of fame, neglect, loss, sexual confusion, Drambuie, betrayal, marine bandsmen, and fine cambric knickers trimmed with lace and blue ribbon. Its moral would seem to be that you don't necessarily turn out as the person you thought you'd become.

Frankie Howerd

Stand-up Comic

Author: Graham McCann

Publisher: HarperCollins UK


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 369

View: 8781

The rambling perambulations, the catchphrases, the bland brown suit and chestnut hairpiece—such were the hallmarks of a revolution in stand-up comedy that came in the unique shape of Frankie Howerd. This new biography from Graham McCann charts the circuitous course of an extraordinary career, moving from his early success in the 40s and early 50s as a radio star, through a period at the end of the 50s when he was all but forgotten as a has-been, to his rediscovery in the early 60s by Peter Cook and continued success. Graham McCann vividly captures both Howerd's colorful career and precarious private life through extensive new research and original interviews with such figures as Paul McCartney, Eric Sykes, Bill Cotton, Barbara Windsor, Joan Simms, and Michael Grade.

Patrick McGoohan

Danger Man Or Prisoner?

Author: Roger Langley

Publisher: Tomahawk Press (GA)

ISBN: 9780953192649

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 339

View: 2591

This is the definitive tribute to one of Britains brightest stars, affirming his cult status as a guiding light in international film, television and theatre. Often combining the key roles of actor, writer, director and producer, Patrick McGoohan is a complex Renaissance artist with an impressive body of work. His achievements and failures reveal a driven, highly moral, highly creative star, who steadfastly abhors the glare of publicity. Despite his reluctance to embrace the media frenzy which surrounds 'show business', McGoohan's enigmatic screen persona and his fearless dedication to the performing arts continue to conquer and fascinate new audiences all over the world. He has been described as "The British Orson Welles" by folksinger and fan, Donovan. McGoohan and his work still have fan clubs all over the world. This book will tell you why! Lavishly illustrated with never before seen images, the book explains the enigma that is McGOOHAN! Includes 450 rare photographs.

Funny, Peculiar

The True Story of Benny Hill

Author: Mark Lewisohn

Publisher: Pan Books Limited

ISBN: 9780330393409

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 528

View: 1029

Benny Hill`s saucy smirks at underdressed women are relished the world over. Yet the comedian cut an unlikely figure of global admiration: unmarried and emotionally enfeebled in his few relationships, he was a deeply private individual uninterested in the trappings of success, a frugal man content to live in his humble childhood home flooded, freezing and burgled while his building society account bulged with millions of pounds he didn`t use and hadn`t wanted to earn. Funny, Peculiar is the first objective and full account of Benny Hill`s life and work. Tenaciously researched and yet sensitively reported, it charts the highs, lows and many paradoxes of a man whose professional strengths-observation, impression and mime-bought him unimagined success, and whose weakness, especially an inability to change, fashioned his ultimate downfall. - First in-depth biography since Benny`s death in April 1992. - A return to favour with audiences who are jaded with `alternative comedy`. - Existing biographies are unreliable, lightweight and out of date. - Benny has been screened in 109 countries, and enjoyed for over 50 years

Writing a Resume

Author: Stuart B. Schwartz,Craig Conley

Publisher: Lifematters/Career Books

ISBN: 9780736885263

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 32

View: 9993

Introduce readers to the world of work with this stimulating, easy-to-read set. All the important issues are explored, such as why people work, what physical abilities and personal skills are needed for employment, how to set salary expectation, how to look for a job, and how to interview for a job.


Author: Spike Milligan

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241971373

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

View: 7950

Puckoon is Spike Milligan's classic slapstick novel, reissued for the first time since it was published in 1963. 'Pops with the erratic brilliance of a careless match in a box of fireworks' Daily Mail In 1924 the Boundary Commission is tasked with creating the new official division between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Through incompetence, dereliction of duty and sheer perversity, the border ends up running through the middle of the small town of Puckoon. Houses are divided from outhouses, husbands separated from wives, bars are cut off from their patrons, churches sundered from graveyards. And in the middle of it all is poor Dan Milligan, our feckless protagonist, who is taunted and manipulated by everyone (including the sadistic author) to try and make some sense of this mess . . . 'Bursts at the seams with superb comic characters involved in unbelievably likely troubles on the Irish border' Observer 'Our first comic philosopher' Eddie Izzard Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle & Dick

Author: Terry Johnson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

ISBN: 9780413735003

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 814

A sharp and hilarious biographical play based on the life of Carry On star Sid James Carrying on in the great tradition of British comedy, Terry Johnson's new play takes some familiar faces and gets a bit familiar with them. "Terry Johnson is that rare creature: a moralist with wit. He writes with responsible gaiety" (Guardian)

The Carry on Story

Author: Robert Ross,Jack Douglas,Norman Hudis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781905287611

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

View: 7767

As uniquely British an institution as there ever was, the saucy scripts, classic gags, and a repertory company of familiar stars helped to make the Carry Ons some of the best-loved comedies ever produced. Celebrating 50 years of fun, Robert Ross's inside story of Carry On is now reissued in a lavish hardback edition, with new material and new, previously unpublished illustrations. Packed with information and exclusive images from the archive of Gerald Thomas, who directed all 31 films in the series, The Carry On Story also features contributions from the actors, screenwriters, and other filmmakers who created a classic legacy. This lavish and in-depth 50th anniversary edition covers the films, television programs, and stage shows, making it the ultimate guide to a much-loved comedy phenomenon.


The Authorised Biography of Hattie Jacques

Author: Andy Merriman

Publisher: Aurum Press Limited

ISBN: 1845138171

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 3737

The hardback of this first and authorised biography received very good reviews and immediately reprinted. It tells the story of one of the heroines of post-war British comedy, on radio, film and TV. Hattie Jacques is known as the billowing, imposing Matron in the Carry On films, as the star of such BBC radio classics as ITMA, Educating Archie and Hancock’ s Half Hour, and as the fictional sister of Eric Sykes in his long-running TV sitcom. But the formidable, frumpy galleon-in-full-sail screen persona could not have been more at odds with the real-life woman, as this biography reveals for the first time. She had a tempestuous wartime affair with an American officer, and then a strange marriage to the actor John le Mesurier (Corporal Wilson in Dad’ s Army) whose dissatisfactions she circumnavigated by moving her lover, a flashy Cockney car dealer, into the matrimonial home. But as well as being warm and sexy and generous she was also, owing to her lifelong struggle with her weight, needy and melancholic, and rueful that her size persistently typecast her and excluded her from many roles. This biography has been written with full co-operation from Hattie’ s son, and show business friends like Barbara Windsor, Clive Dunn, Galton and Simpson and Ian Carmichael.

The President's Desk

An alt-history of the United States

Author: Shaun Micallef

Publisher: Hardie Grant Publishing

ISBN: 1743583710

Category: Humor

Page: 272

View: 8734

The President’s Desk is the story of America as seen through the eyes of its most powerful piece of furniture. Standing in the most important office in the land for over a hundred years, it has been sat at by no less than twenty-four of the greatest men who ever lived (I’m leaving out Nixon, obviously). This epic retelling of the history of the United States takes us from the desk’s early life as the humble timbers of a barquentine frozen in the waters of the Arctic, through its transformation by decree of Queen Victoria, to over a century in the Oval Office as an eventual antique.

Contains 1000 UNTOLD SECRETS of the American presidency, including:

  • Why Jimmy Carter destroyed Washington
  • How George W. Bush killed John Howard
  • When Calvin Coolidge appeared nude on his own coin
  • Who drowned Warren Harding in his own hotel room
  • What Herbert Hoover really thought when he was attacked by Rin-Tin-Tin

Written by Shaun Micallef, star of Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell, Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation and, to a lesser extent, Mr and Mrs Murder.

'One of the greatest comic voices of our time' Matt Lucas, Little Britain

'Australia's finest satirist and comic surrealist.', Ben Elton

'Read it for too long and you get grin aches in your jawbones.' The Herald Sun

‘Shaun Micallef has a gift for the surreal. The English language is a sunlit garden. Shaun has a Harley-Davidson and a cast-iron alibi. He will be home by nightfall. You may hear some noise. It will be made by you. You will feel much better afterwards.’ John Clarke

High Spirits

Author: Joan Sims

Publisher: Bantam Press

ISBN: 9781852252809

Category: Actors

Page: 212

View: 6198

This title leads readers to the best in the USA's number two destination state, from South Florida and the Gulf Coast to Central Florida and the great north. It covers all the top attractions: Miami and South Beach, the Everglades, the Keys, Daytona Beach, and the worlds number one vacation destination - Orlando and its theme parks.

Anthony Burgess

A Biography

Author: Roger Lewis

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312322519

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 434

View: 8597

A portrait of the work and character of the esteemed writer, critic, and composer assesses his personal struggles while separating out the facts from the fiction surrounding his famous antic disposition and tracing the creation of such pieces as A Clockwork Orange. 15,000 first printing.


Author: Shaun Micallef

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0857963783

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 3860

Feel that War and Peace went on a bit? Wish there were more laughs in Catcher in the Rye? Very cross that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had no references to three-time world hotdog-eating champion, Joey Chestnut? Then Smithereens is for you. At only 300 pages you can knock it off during one of the ad breaks on Shaun's hit show, Talkin' 'bout Your Generation. And laughs? What about them? Well, does it have any? Of course it does it's written by one of Australia's funniest men. Oh, John Clarke? No, not John Clarke. I like John Clarke. So do I, but this is written by Shaun Micallef. And as for references to three-time hotdog eating-champion Joey Chestnut, I'm afraid the only mention of him appears on this back cover. Still, it's one more than Stieg Larsson could manage and he's written three books. Yes, the popular Australian classic Smithereens is back. Updated and revised, with more commas than ever before, several umlauts and featuring brand-new material never before published in bookular form. Join multi-Logie winning and much-loved TV star Shaun Micallef as he buys a call centre in India; rides the Governor-General's bicycle; lifts the lid on the Rothschild's mass murder of frogs; has dinner in Canada with the late Norman Wisdom; and provides a cure-all for the global economic crisis. Smithereens Nothing you'd normally ask for in a book, and more

Fallen Stars

Tragic Lives and Lost Careers

Author: Julian Upton

Publisher: Headpress

ISBN: 9781900486385

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

View: 2135

Fallen Stars probes the underside of fame to reveal a host of glittering careers stunted by ill-health, alcoholism, drug addiction and egomania. Twenty-one tales of stardom turned sour, these are the tragic final years of some of the world's best-loved actors and comedians, a latter-day Hollywood Babylon that includes Benny Hill, Diana Dors, Peter Sellers, Carry On legends and many others.

Rhymes and Recipes

Author: Cookie Lady of Key West,Marilyn Kellner

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781466332874

Category: Cooking

Page: 60

View: 4630

"Key West Sweet, Key West Treat!" If you visited Key West, Florida in the 80's & 90's, you certainly were entertained by The Cookie Lady of Key West. She PEDDLED her original baked goods by rhyme while she PEDALED her bicycle through the crowd at Mallory Square as the sun dipped into the gulf for the night. In this book, you can recapture those times. If you missed those times in Key West, this book gives you the opportunity to get a taste of it all and more!