This blog is for English actress, cakemaker and writer Jane Asher, with many pictures and accurate information of one of the most beautiful rock muses from the 20th century.

Friday, 29 August 2014

'The Graduate' film premiere, 1968

August 7, 1968 - Jane and her date, Robert Kidd (the 24 year-old Scottish director of Jane's current play, "Summer"), at the premiere of "The Graduate" at the Pavilion Theatre in London. Other first nighters included: Katharine Ross, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joanna Lumley, Judy Geeson, Roger Moore, Sandie Shaw and Adrienne Posta. 


Photo 1 - Alamy.
Photo 2 - Lady Jane yahoo group.
Photo 3 - From Kine Weekly, August 17, 1968. From Lady Jane yahoo group. 
Photo 4 - From Jackie Magazine, December 7th 1968. From a deleted tumblr (hey-carrie-anne).

Monday, 25 August 2014

Labour Party Conference, 1972

Thursday, October 5, 1972 - Jane visited the Labour Party Conference in Blackburn, Lancashire, with the new man in her life, Sunday Times satirical cartoonist Gerald Scarfe. As Gerald put his impressions on paper, Jane sat and listened to the economics debate. 
Jane met Gerald Scarfe in 1971 at a ship board party given by the satirical magazine Private Eye…”I felt something had hit me,” Jane recalls, “Something had arrived… We both called each other up the next day.” 

Pictures 1 to 3 and information from Lady Jane yahoo group.
Picture 4) Gordon Priestley / Associated Newspapers/REX/Shutterstock  

Monday, 18 August 2014

Peter Pan, 1961

In 1961 Jane became the youngest actress to play Wendy in a West End stage version of J. M. Barrie's classic 'Peter Pan.'
A mischievous boy who can fly and never grows up, Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang, the Lost Boys, interacting with mermaids, Native Americans, fairies, pirates, and occasionally ordinary children from the world outside of Neverland, a fictional place.
Traditionally, the character has been played on stage by an adult woman.


Photos 1 to 3) 1961, November 7th - Actresses Jane Asher aged 15 and Anne Heywood at The Scala Theatre where they are to play Wendy and Peter Pan in a production of 1961 holiday season to January 1962. First photo published on 16 magazine, March 1965 issue, scan from the Lady Jane yahoo group. Second & third photos from REX FEATURES.
Photo 4) The Darling children are thrilled when they see Peter Pan fly in through their nursery window. (L to R:) Jane Asher as Wendy, Anne Heywood as Peter Pan, Gerald Rowland as Michael and Christopher Turner as John. From Theatre World magazine, February 1962. Scan from Lady Jane yahoo group.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Indica, 1966

January 1966 - Jane helps brother Peter and business partner John Dunbar (husband of Marianne Faithfull) in their new bookshop, INDICA, prior to its January 28, 1966 opening at 6 Mason’s Yard, London. 
Their third partner, Barry Miles, would be handling the day-to-day running of the shop. Jane donated the shop’s first cash till, which was an old Victorian till that she had played with as a young girl. Paul McCartney contributed by drawing the flyers - which were used to advertise Indica’s opening - and also designed the wrapping paper.

Indica Gallery was a counterculture art gallery during the late 1960s, in the basement of the Indica Bookshop. The three partners had combined their ideas into a company called Miles, Asher and Dunbar Limited (MAD) to start the Indica Books and Gallery in September 1965, as an outlet for art and literature. It hosted a show of Yoko Ono's work in November 1966 at which Ono first met John Lennon.
The International Times newspaper was started in the basement of the Indica bookshop.

In 1966, the Indica bookshop was separated from the Indica Gallery, and moved to 102 Southampton Row in the summer of 1966. The name of the bookshop was promptly changed to INDICA Books. It soon proved to be a popular venue for the INDICA Books team and the royalty of the ‘swinging sixties’ that were associated with them. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were visitors to the flat and on one evening in 1966 they rehearsed a song they called “Mark X” in the flat. The song was later recorded at the Abbey Road Studios as “Tomorrow Never Knows” and included on the Revolver Album.

Photos 1 & 2 - Popperfoto/Getty Images.
Photo 3 - Good Time Music tumblr blog.
Photos 4 & 8 - Found on the net (if they are yours, drop me a line and I'll give you full credit).
Photo 5 - Midgardens67 tumblr blog.
Photo 6 - The Gilly tumblr blog. 
Photo 7 - E-bay auction listing.