FORGOTTEN BRITAIN: Seen in glorious colour for the first time, and …

… JOAN COLLINS POSES FOR THE FIRST TIME, IN FABULOUS TECHNICOLOR!

THE INVENTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY ALONGSIDE THE EXPLOSION OF NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES IN THE 19TH CENTURY GAVE US THE MODERN CELEBRITY.

SOME STARS ARE INSTANTLY RECOGNISABLE.

A TEENAGE JOAN COLLINS SEEMS CONFIDENT AS SHE POSES FOR THE CAMERA IN A REVEALING SWIMSUIT FOR A 1951 GLAMOUR SHOT IN FABULOUS TECHNICOLOR.

AT 17, SHE HAD A CONTRACT WITH J. ARTHUR RANK FILM COMPANY, MAKING HER BIG-SCREEN DEBUT AS A BEAUTY CONTEST ENTRANT IN LADY GODIVA RIDES AGAIN IN 1951. UK PUBLICATION. NEXT: LAUREL AND HARDY LOOK DIFFERENT.


Up, up and away! Start planning balloon adventures overseas … NOW!

DREAMTIME DESTINATION. BALLOONING OVER THE SERENGETI, TANZANIA, CAN BE AWESOME. “IT REQUIRED AN INDECENTLY EARLY START. PLUS, THE IDEA, THAT WE’D ALL BE CRAMPED TOGETHER”, SAID A BALLOONER SAID.

“THEN THERE’S THAT FEELING OF DANGLING BENEATH THE BELLY OF AN ENORMOUSLY FAT MAN. ALL IS FORGIVEN, HOWEVER, ONCE THE COOL MORNING BREEZE SETS YOU ADRIFT TO A GENTLE TINGLE OF EVERY SINGLE NERVE ENDING.

“I’VE BEEN ON MANY BALLOON TRIPS, TO MANY DESTINATIONS AROUND THE WORLD, BUT THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THE SERENGETI”.


Mother and daughter, Jeanne Little and Katie

JEANNE IS “DELIGHTFULLY ECCENTRIC”, SAID KATIE. Below: THEY ARE BOTH CLOSE TOGETHER.

JEANNE LITTLE WAS BORN IN 1941, SHE WAS THE LAST OF EIGHT CHILDREN. IN 1974, SHE OPENED A FASHION BOUTIQUE. SIX MONTHS LATER SHE APPEARED ON THE MIKE WALSH SHOW!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

JEANNE SMILES AS SHE QUOTES HER HUSBAND BARRY: HE ONCE SAID THAT KATIE DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING FOR 18 YEARS; AND THEN SHE LEFT HOME. IT WASN’T ‘TIL LATER WE FOUND OUT THAT SHE HAD TAKEN IN EVERYTHING”.

KATIE, AT 22, IS THE LEAST TALKATIVE OF THE LITTLES AND IS AMUSED ON HEARING THATCOMMENT. “YES, I DID TAKE IT ALL IN SO I’D SAY TO MUM: ‘I’M GOING TO WRITE A BIG BOOK ONE DAY, SO BE WARNED!’

GROWING UP WITH SUCH A FAMOUS AND COLOURFUL MUM WAS “INTERESTING”. SHE PLAYS DOWN JEANNE’S RECOLLECTION OF PICKING HER UP AT THE STATION EACH AFTERNOON, WITH SCHOOLMATES SCREAMING OUT ‘HELLO DAAHLING’.

SHE TOOK HERSELF OVERSEAS AS SOON AS SCHOOL WAS FINISHED AND CAME HOME AN ADULT. TODAY SHE LIVES WITH TIM, A GRAPHIC ARTIST, WHO IS HER PARTNER IN LIFE AND BUSINESS. JEANNE MAKES SURE THERE IS AT LEAST ONE FAMILY GET-TOGETHER EVERY WEEK.

“IF YOU EAT WITH
SOMEONE, THAT’S THE
SECRET. IT ALLOWS
YOU TO CONNECT”.

“I’LL RING AND SUGGEST LUNCH OR DINNER. THAT’S THE SECRET. IF YOU EAT WITH SOMEONE … IN ALLOWS ‘YOU TO CONNECT. I LOVE HER SO MUCH. IT WAS INSTANT … FROM THE SECOND THEY FIRST HANDED ME THAT TINY BUNDLE” SAID JEANNE.

HAVING LIVED IN JEANNE’S SHADOW FOR SO LONG, THE TWO REJOICE IN KATIE’S EVOLUTION.

“SHE’S A FABULOUS COOK TOO, WHEREAS I’M A BIT ROUGH”, JEANNE SAID.

SAYS KATIE: “PEOPLE ASK ME WHAT SHE’S REALLY LIKE. AND ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT SHE’S EXACTLY HOW SHE IS ON TELEVISION”.

JEANNE AND KATIE SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN A WHOLE RANGE OF WAYS. SUCH AS, WHEN THE PAIR OF THEM HAS AN OPENING NIGHT. JEANNE WITH HER WELL-ESTABLISHED CAREER IN THEATRE, AND KATIE, WHO FOR EIGHT YEARS HAS STUDIED MUSIC.

JEANNE SAID, “WHEN EITHER WERE ON STAGE ON OPENING NIGHT, WE WOULD SIT THERE TERRIFIED”.
WHETHER SHE LIKES IT OR NOT, JEANNE LITTLE WILL GO DOWN IN ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY FOR HER ZANINESS AND HER OUTRAGEOUS OUTFITS.

KATIE, ON THE OTHER HAND, RECALLS A CHILDHOOD SPENT PLAYING DRESS-UPS WITH HER MOTHER’S GLAMOROUS CAST-OFFS. “MY FRIENDS AND I WOULD BE UPSTAIRS FOR HOURS ON END”, SHE SAID.
KATIE DESCRIBES HER MOTHER “DELIGHTFULLY ECCENTRIC”.

“PEOPLE ASK ME
WHAT SHE’S REALLY
LIKE – AND ALL I CAN
SAY IS THAT SHE’S
EXACTLY HOW SHE IS
ON TELEVISION”.

SOURCE: COMMUNICATOR PUBLISHED BY TEXT MAGAZINE COMPANY, 199?).

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UPCOMING FEATURES …
ARTBEAT: CHURCHILL AND HITLER DABBLE THEIR PAINT BRUSHES ON SOME AMAZING, CATHEDRAL-LIKE BUILDINGS; AND BUSH DECIDES TO PAINT CHALLENGING PORTRAITS.
BELLY-BOARD: A BELLY BOARD IS SHAPED LIKE AN AVERAGE SURFBOARD – BUT SHORTER. THEY WERE BORN IN THE EARLY 1960s.
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TENNIS CHAMPS: You could argue all day as to who was the greatest tennis player?

FROM QUIST’S VIEWPOINT, JACK KRAMER HAD IT ALL. Below: ALICE MARBLE COULD MATCH THE POWER OF BILLIE JEAN KING AND OTHER PLAYERS.

FROM THE 1920s UNTIL THE 1960s, WAS JACK KRAMER THE BEST!

ADRIAN QUIST AND ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

YOU CAN’T JUST GET ANY PLAYER AND SIMPLY COACH THEM BE BECOME A GREAT PLAYER. IF THEY HAVEN’T GOT THAT NATURAL GIFT, THEN NOTHING WILL MATERALISE TO MAKE THEM A GREAT TENNIS PLAYER.

ALL THE GREAT PLAYERS OF THE PAST HAD THAT GIFT. YOU COULD ARGUE FOR EVER ABOUT WHO WAS THE GREATEST OF THEM ALL. ABOUT WHETHER THE GREAT PLAYERS OF THE PAST ARE AS GOOD AS THE MODERN PLAYERS. THE QUESTIONS ARE ENDLESS!

SUZANNE LENGLEN AND HELEN WILLS WON FOURTEEN OF THE TWENTY WOMEN’S SINGLES TITLES AT WIMBLEDON BETWEEN 1919 AND 1938. COULD THEY HAVE COPED WITH THE POWER AND ATHLETICISM OF, SAY, MARTINA NAVRATILOVA.

ROD LAVER WON THE FOUR MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – THE GRAND SLAM IN 1962 AND 1969. COULD BILL TILDEN, WHO DOMINATED MEN’S TENNIS IN THE 1920s, HAVE COMPETED AGAINST HIM.

FRANK SEDGMAN WAS AUSTRALIA’S GOLDEN BOY IN THE 1950s. BUT HOW WOULD HE HAVE HANDLED PLAYERS LIKES BJORN BORG, JIMMY CONNORS OR JOHN McENROE?

KRAMER CRACKED IT

WAS JACK KRAMER THE GREATEST OF THEM ALL?

ALICE MARBLE, IN THE 1930s, WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO PLAY AN ATTACKING GAME, A MAN’S TYPE OF GAME. COULD SHE HAVE MATCHED THE BASELINE POWER OF MAUREEN CONNOLLY IN THE 195Os? OR THE ALL-ROUND BRILLIANCE OF MARGARET COURT IN THE 1960s?

WHEN ALICE MARBLE PLAYED, SHE COULD HAVE MATCHED THE POWER AND SPEED AND CONSISTENCY OF THE MODERN PLAYERS – MARTINA NAVRATILOVA, BILLIE JEAN KING OR MARGARET COURT. UP UNTIL HER TIME TENNIS WAS MUCH MORE FEMININE.

MARBLE’S GAME WAS PRACTICALLY THE SAME AS YOU SEE TODAY.PL

NOW, BACK TO JACK KRAMER.

I BELIEVE THAT JACK KRAMER (DONALD BUDGE WAS THE BEST PLAYER I FACED) WAS THE SECOND BEST PLAYER I HAVE SEEN. HE HAD A WONDERFUL FOREHAND WHICH HE HIT FLAT, OR SLIGHTLY UNDERCUT AS HE CAME TO THE NET.

HE REALLY CRACKED IT, AND HE COULD HIT IT ANYWHERE. HIS WHOLE APPROCH TO THE GAME WAS ONE OF HIGHLY CONTROLLED AGGRESSION.

WHEN YOU WERE ON THE COURT WITH KRAMER YOU ALWAYS HAD THE FEELING THAT YOU WERE PLAYING SOMEONE WHO WAS VERY, VERY HARD TO BEAT.

<< ADAPTED FROM TENNIS THE GREATS, 1920-1960. BY ADRIAN QUIST AND JACK EGAN, PUBLISHED BY ABC BOOKS, 1984.

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UPCOMING FEATURES:
“SLEEP DISTURBANCE CAN CAUSE INSOMNIA AND BE A FORERUNNER OF DEPRESSION”, A SLEEP RESEARCHER SAID.
ESPRESSO: SOME PEOPLE DON’T LIKE ESPRESSO. BUT PEOPLE LIKE THE INTENSITY OF THE HOT-STEAMED MILK. WHICH ONE ARE YOU? THE INSIDE STORY OF ESPRESSO.
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Famous Women: Louisa Lawson – It is one step at a time!

SHE WAS PUBLISHER AND EDITOR OF THE FIRST WOMEN’S MAGAZINE IN AUSTRALIA!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

When son Henry Lawson put pen to paper, Louisa was a well-known figure in the social platform before that event took place.

In 1848, near Mudgee, Louisa Albury was born. And, as she got older, during her schooldays, she gave evidence of literary interest and ambition that would take her far in the social platform. A first generation Australian of English parents, she spent her life in a small back water country town.

At 18, she became the wife of Peter Lawson at Eurunderee in 1865.

Unfortunately, there was no provision to any outlets, and this led to the frustrations with which her life was beset. She longed for escape into the world of action the cities seemed to promise, but this did not eventuate; in the main, it was the cause of the bitter quarrels between herself and her husband.

The young Henry, torn between loyalties to his mother and father, was never able to forget this as a horrendous period of torment and worry.

WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE

In 1883, Louisa’s marriage came to an end. She settled in Sydney with her children and opened a boarding house before entering journalism. She quickly threw herself into the political maelstrom of the next ten years.

In 1887, she bought a newspaper called the Republican. In was here that she coached Henry in his earliest writing. She edited and published Dawn, under the pseudonym “Dora Falconer’, and she devoted the first journal to the cause of Women’s Rights in Australia.’

She got behind women’s suffrage and saw women get the vote in all States between 1984 and 1908.
Until the early 1900s, she was the driving force behind her son’s various literary activities; and in his success she seemed to have vicariously realised some of her own ambitions. In 1905, she published The Lonely Crossing, a book of her verses.

She died in 1920.

<< The World of Henry Lawson; published by Paul Hamlyn; 1974; Paul Mann, Frank Morris.


COMIC: SKIPPY, THE BUSH KANGAROO …

PARENTS OF THE 60s AND 70s COULD NOT GO NEAR THEIR TELVISION SET BECAUSE AUSSIE KIDS WERE GLUED TO THE SCREEN WATCHING THE UNDISPUTED TEATIME FAVOURITE AND GLOBAL HIT SKIPPY, THE BUSH KANGAROO.

THE STARS, OF COURSE, WERE GARRY PANKHURST, WHO PLAYED SONNY AND ED DEVEREAUX, THE PARK’S HEAD RANGER.

THERE WAS NO SHORTAGE OF MEGA NAMES WHO WERE PREPARED TO APPEAR WITH MARSUPIAL STAR, SKIPPY. OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, THE SHOW ATTRACTED SOME IMPORTANT STARS AMONG WHOM WERE JACK THOMPSON, BILL HUNTER, JOHN LAWS AND SCREEN LEGEND CHIPS RAFFERTY.

<< THE ILLUSTRATED COMIC WILL APPEAR ON MARCH 12.

GRAND YEARS IN NZ WILL APPEAR ON FEBRUARY 26.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 11 February 21

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