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.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Before the Party, 1980

Jane's 1980 play, "Before The Party", which opened in 1980 at the Apollo Theatre of Shaftesbury Avenue, London and later moved to the Queen's Theatre in 1981.

Rodney Ackland's Before The Party (written in 1949) tells the story of a family attempting to return to normal in the wake of the Second World War. With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, they prepare for the latest social gathering.  Amidst the never-ending whirl of hats and dresses and below stairs skirmishes, Laura reveals a shocking secret that threatens to ruin more than one party on the climb to social success.
Photo 1) Gerald Scarfe drew the art work for the theatre program of Jane's 1980 play, "Before The Party". From Lady Jane Yahoo Group.
Photo 2) Jane Asher as Laura, and co-stars from the Apollo Theatre programme of Rodney Ackland's "Before The Party". From Lady Jane Yahoo group. 
Photos 3 to 8) By Bryan Warthon/Newscom.
Photos 9 to 13) Tipsimages.it

Monday, 15 June 2015

Our World, 1967

June 25, 1967 - Paul and Jane in Abbey Road Studios the day The Beatles performed "All You Need Is Love" filmed and broadcast via satellite to a worldwide audience as part of Britain's contribution to the Our World special.

Photos 1, 2 & 3) From the book, 'All You Need Is Love' The Beatles Dress Rehearsal, via the  Lady Jane yahoo group. 
Photo 4) From Rave magazine, 1967, via the Lady Jane yahoo group. 
Photo 5) From 16 magazine, 1967 via the Lady Jane group at yahoo!
Photo 6) Jane (center) sitting among friends before the broadcast. Mike McCartney is third from left. Kim and Keith Moon on the far right beside Paul's sign pleading to his aunt in Australia, "Come Back Milly!" From the book, 'All You Need Is Love' The Beatles Dress Rehearsal, via Lady Jane yahoo group. 
Photo 7) Jane shown from behind sitting in the foreground during the Beatles' live performance of "All You Need Is Love" broadcast worldwide via satellite. Others shown include: Mike McCartney, Alex Mardas, Pattie Boyd, Charlotte Martin (between Paul and John) and Keith Richards (far right). From Lady Jane yahoo group.
Photos 8 & 9) Balloons and confetti rained down in Abbey Road studios during the finale of the Beatles' performance of "All You Need Is Love" for the Our World satellite broadcast. Jane and Paul in the middle of the party! From the book, 'All You Need Is Love' The Beatles Dress Rehearsal, via the Lady Jane yahoo group.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Jane in New York, 1971

March 1971 - Jane Asher appeared as Celia in "The Philanthropist" at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre from March 15th to May 15, 1971 for 64 performances and 5 previews.

The following story comes from Meet the Beatles For Real blog, and it's of Marie Lacey's meeting with Jane:
The first I met Jane Asher was in March, 1971, when she came over to New York for a three month engagement on Broadway and starred in “The Philanthropist.” It was Jane’s second visit to New York, the first being back in 1967 when she did a five month tour with the Bristol Old Vic in “Romeo and Juliet.” Jane seemed a bit leery when she first realized the group of girls at the stage door was waiting for her, remembering how she had been occasionally threatened by jealous fans during her stay in 1967. When she saw that we had flowers for her, she broke into a relieved smile and was genuinely thrilled. And she kept saying, “for me?” She was so sweet and friendly, posing for photographs, and chatting with us as if we were old friends. Victor Spinetti was also in the play, and he delighted in telling us old Beatles stories, jokes and actually performed skits from the films! (what an ego).
We became regulars and got to know both Jane and Victor as well as could be possible. Some people came to see Victor every week, but we were really interested in getting to know Jane. Jane was beautiful and it was easy to see what Paul had seen in her and I must admit, out getting to know her made it even harder to understand what made him give her up.
One day Jane said she was going to bring us flowers, but wasn’t sure if we’d be there that day or not! It was another change in roles when Jane brought along her movie camera one day and took movies of our shocked faces (We were really creative, and managed to wave into the camera!) We were to have tea together, but the play ended earlier than had been expected and we said hurried goodbyes as Jane flew off to California to visit her brother, Peter.
Jane had told us to come visit her if we ever came to England, so in 1972, I telephoned, and her sister knew who we were, but unfortunately, Jane was on holiday to France. We saw our old pal, Victor, again in 1973, it was he who told us about Jane and Gerald Scarfe. She and Gerald had a daughter, Kate, in April 1974. I still kept contact with Jane, and heard from her at least once a year. 

Photos 1& 2) Fan photo of Jane on Broadway in New York City filming fans with her movie camera. From the Lady Jane Yahoo group. 
Photo 3) Fan photo close-up of Jane pausing for fans on Broadway in New York City. Lady Jane group at yahoo!
Photo 4) Fan foto of Jane outside the Ethel Barrymore theatre. Actor Victor Spinetti, who portrays Braham in "The Philanthropist" has his arm around Jane. From the Lady Jane Yahoo group.  
Photo 5) Fan photo of old friends Victor Spinetti (Braham) and Jane Asher (Celia) after a performance of "The Philanthropist" in New York City. Remember Victor from A Hard Days Night, Help and Magical Mystery Tour? From the Lady Jane Yahoo group. 
Photo6 ) Fan foto of Jane after a performance of "The Philanthrpist". An e-bay aauction listing found via the Lady Jane group at yahoo! 

Monday, 1 June 2015

Happy birthday, Gerald Scarfe!

Gerald Anthony Scarfe, CBE, RDI, (born 1 June 1936) is an English cartoonist and illustrator. He is married to actress Jane Asher, whom he met in 1971. The couple wed in 1981. They had a daughter in 1974, and two sons, in 1982 and 1984.

Gerald Scarfe pictured aged about 6. Dailymail.co.uk

Scarfe was born in St John's Wood, London, and was severely asthmatic as a child. He spent many of his early years bed-ridden, and drawing became a means of entertainment as well as a creative outlet. It has been speculated that the grotesque and diseased images that often characterise his work are a result of these experiences. He has himself stated that the irreverence apparent in much of his work can be traced back to "dodgy treatments" and a reliance on what he feels were incompetent doctors.
He moved to Hampstead at the age of 14, being influenced by the work of Ronald Searle. He went to Saint Martin's School of Art (now part of the University of the Arts London) in Holborn, London. He also went to the London College of Printing and East Ham Technical College (became Newham College of Further Education).
After briefly working in advertising, a profession he grew to dislike intensely, Scarfe's early caricatures of public figures were published in satirical magazine Private Eye throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Beginning in 1960, he produced illustrations for Punch, The Evening Standard and The Daily Sketch. The Sunday Times magazine assigned Scarfe to cover the 1964 US Presidential election. He continued to work for The Sunday Times for two years, also producing several cover illustrations for Time magazine.
In the mid-1960s he took a job at the Daily Mail following a Dutch auction for his services with the Daily Express. His decision to work for the Daily Mail led to his estrangement from fellow cartoonist Ralph Steadman, alongside whom he had studied art at East Ham Technical College. Soon after, Steadman was commissioned to illustrate Scarfe and "produced an image that was half saint and half Superman, but with a disconnected heart". Scarfe spent only one year working for the Daily Mail, during which time he was sent to provide illustrations from the Vietnam War.

3rd November 1965: British cartoonist Gerald Scarfe. (Photo by R. Stafford/Express/Getty Images)

Cartoonist Gerald Scarfe sketches Ringo Starr in 1967, drawing directly onto the wall of Ringo’s game room. Photo taken by Henry Grossman.

Cartoonist and Satirist Gerald Scarfe with his papier mache puppets of the Beatles, 19 September 1967. Scarfe later married Paul McCartney's ex-girlfriend Jane Asher.

Ca. 1969 - British artist-caricaturist Gerald Scarfe with wife Maureen & son Rupert. They also have a daughter, Araminta. (Photo by Terrence Spencer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images).

Gulliver, all 21ft of him, weighing 6cwt, made of metal, needed a crane to start him on his journey from Cheyney Walk in Chelsea to Tokyo, Japan. Gulliver is the metal creation by cartoonist, artist, Gerald Scarfe and is one of twelve characters that Gerald is making for the British Pavilion at the Expo '70 to be held in Tokyo in March. The metal monster took Gerald three months to put together, using welding apparatus, he made is in the garden of his home in Chelsea in two halves and each half had to be hoisted by crane from the garden, over two garden walls to the side road where it was packed away into large crates. The other characters that Mr. Scarfe will be working on are Hamlet, MacBeth, Robinson Crusoe, Samuel Johnson, Long John Silver, Pick Wick, Alice 'thru the looking glass, Oliver, Shakespeare, James Bond and My Fair Lady. Bearded Gerald Scarfe with Gulliver. December 1969.

London, England, 19th March 1971, Cartoonist Gerald Scarfe poses at the London exhibition of his sculptures with a hardwood carved figure of American President Richard Nixon (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images).

Scarfe was approached to work with Pink Floyd after Roger Waters and Nick Mason both saw his animated BBC film A Long Drawn Out Trip. Pink Floyd's 1974 programme for their tour in the UK and US, in the form of a comic, included a centre-spread caricature of the band. Scarfe later produced a set of animated short clips used on the 1977 In The Flesh tour, including a full-length music video for the song Welcome to the Machine.
Scarfe also drew the illustrations for their 1979 album The Wall and provided animation for the subsequent 1980-1981 concert tour in support of that album. In 1982, he worked on the film version of The Wall, although he and Roger Waters fell out with director Alan Parker during the latter stages of editing. As well as the artwork, Scarfe contributed 15 minutes' worth of elaborate animation to the film, including a sequence depicting the German bombing campaign over England during World War II, set to the song "Goodbye Blue Sky". Some of the animated footage was not original to the film, having been produced for and used in the 1980-81 concert tour, as well as being featured in the 1979 music video for "Another Brick in the Wall: Part 2".
Scarfe continued to work with Roger Waters after the latter left Pink Floyd.

Scarfe was approached to work on the 1997 Disney film Hercules by Ron Clements and John Musker, longtime fans who had risen to prominence within Disney following the success of The Little Mermaid. Scarfe worked as a conceptual character artist, designing almost all of the characters and then supervising the 900 Disney artists charged with adapting his designs for the film.

He provided caricatures of Paul Eddington, Sir Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds (as their respective characters) for the opening and closing sequences of Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister.
Scarfe also has designed sets for a number of operatic productions, including an adaptation of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox. Following a chance meeting at a BBC prom he worked with Peter Hall on his version of Mozart's The Magic Flute, which drew critical acclaim. He is lined up to provide animation for Jim Steinman's Bat out of Hell, a stage show featuring Steinman's music. Scarfe designed the sets and costumes for the English National Opera's 1988 production of Orpheus in the Underworld; among the costumes Scarfe designed were those of the characters Orpheus, Eurydice, and the Gods of Mount Olympus. He also produced all the costume and scenery designs for the 2002 Christopher Hampson production of The Nutcracker, for the English National Ballet.

  • On 22 November 2005 the United Kingdom's Press Gazette named its 40 most influential journalists, and included Scarfe alongside just two other cartoonists, Carl Giles, and Matt Pritchett.
  • Scarfe was awarded 'Cartoonist of the Year' at the British Press Awards 2006.
  • Scarfe was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.
  • In 2011, a fossil pterosaur discovered in Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset, was named Cuspicephalus scarfi in his honour.

With Mary McCartney in 2008. Mary is the daughter of Paul McCartney and his first wife Linda McCartney, whom he married after his split with Jane.

British cartoonist and satirist Gerald Scarfe attends the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where he talked about his latest political drawings. The three-week event is the world's largest literary festival and is held during the annual Edinburgh Festival. The 2009 event featured talks and presentations by more than 500 authors from around the world. © Colin McPherson/Corbis

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