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, 28 September 2015

Mark Lawrence shots, 1995

1995 - Jane Asher portrayed by Mark Lawrence. Unknown details.

Photos 1 - 8) Scopefeatures
Photo 9). From the net. If it's yours, comment below and I'll give you full credit.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Coming home from Greece, 1967

July 30th, 1967 - John Lennon returns home to England from Greece in Flower Power gear. He is followed by Paul McCartney and his girfriend Jane Asher. At about this time John talked the other Beatles into entering negotiations to buy their own Greek island in order to achieve some privacy, but they pulled out of the deal at a fairly early stage.


Photo 3) Mirrorpix.
All the others) From the net. If any of them it's yours, comment below and I'll give full credit. Sorry for the inaccuracy, they were saved long ago and now can be found everywhere!

Monday, 21 September 2015

Freeze charity event, 1985

November 13th, 1985 - Labour spokesman for Foreign Affairs Denis Healey with actress Jane Asher, who was acting as press conference chairwoman at the London launch of Freeze - A new British initiative to halt the arms race. 
In two pics we can see Healey holding a matchbox which represents the volume of arms produced and stockpiled every 48 hours.

Photo 1) Ebay auction listing.
Photo 2) PA Archive/PA Images.
Photo 3) Chris Harris/Newscom.
Photos 4 & 5) I.T.N./REX.
Photo 6) Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.
Photo 7) Top Foto.

Friday, 18 September 2015

So It Goes...: Jane Asher in Rumpole of the Bailey, 1978

 * Please, notice, this is a reblog from the So It Goes... blogspot*

Jane Asher in Rumpole of the Bailey, 1978

Screencaps of Jane's guest appearance in the Rumpole of the Bailey episode, Rumpole and the Alternative Society, first broadcast on 10th April, 1978. The episode sees Rumpole journey to the west of England to defend Jane's character, Kathy Trelawney, a hippy schoolteacher who is charged with selling cannabis to a police agent provocateur. Like her appearance in the debut episode of Hazell also that year - shown just three months earlier in fact - Jane's role came relatively early in what was the second episode in what was the first ever series of Rumpole. It shows that Jane was quite a pull at the time, a star name that ITV felt would be able to attract viewers to their new productions.

I especially liked her court outfit seen in the last few pics. That, combined with how she wore her hair, made her look rather Pre-Raphaelite. Lizzie Siddal would have been proud!

Monday, 14 September 2015

The Sunday Times article, 1990

Published on March 11th, 1990

Picture by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

Not Superwoman – but keeping her act together

The actress Jane Asher is married and has three children two boys and a girl. She has written several books on such diverse topics as children, cakes and fancy dress.

I'm 43. I've always told people my age. It has never occured to me to lie because it's all in the cuttings from the year dot anyway.
I don't relish the idea of growing older. I'd be happy to stay 43, it's a lovely age, although if I read that this magic wonder cream were going to take all the wrinkles away, I'd probably use it. I'm a fairly reasonable person, so I'd have plastic surgery if I felt it was necessary. I've nothing in principle against spending money on looking better. I exercice twice a week with an instructor who arrives on my doorstep. I would be able to do it on my own, but I know I never would.

If I hadn't gone into acting, and if I hadn't gone out with some radical males, I think I would have been a much more obviously middle-class nice girl who would have voted Tory. Other people see me as a kind of Superwoman. I'm perceived as very family-oriented, which is true, and as sailing through life coping with everything, which is not. I have a lot of help, which the average woman doesn't have. I have a job I love, which a lot of people don't, and I don't cope wonderfully. People just tend to see the bits that make it look as if I do. I have great troughs of despair, but not very often.

I'm more confident now. It's one of the few compensations for growing older. You develop confidence, but not as much as you think you will. I can remember looking at grown-ups and thinking, "How wonderful! They're not scared of tomorrow." Of course it isn't like that: you just swap your worries for different ones.

I've done plenty much what I've wanted to do. I wouldn't want to give up anything – the acting or the writting – but I couldn't put them in the same category as children. I suppose I'de be happy for life to go on as it is. I must be a very lucky person to be able to say that. If you can just see how lucky you are, you should never complain about anything.

Friday, 11 September 2015

The Mill on the Floss, 1965

Jane Asher starred as Maggie Tulliver in "The Mill on the Floss" TV series, first aired on February 25th 1965.
She wore a brown wig for the role.

The Mill on the Floss is a novel by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), first published in three volumes in 1860.

The novel spans a period of 10 to 15 years and details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, siblings growing up at Dorlcote Mill on the River Floss at its junction with the more minor River Ripple near the village of St. Ogg's in Lincolnshire, England. Both the river and the village are fictional.
The novel is most probably set in the 1820s.

Maggie Tulliver is the central character of the book. The story begins when she is 9 years old, 13 years into her parents' marriage. Her relationship with her older brother Tom, and her romantic relationships with Philip Wakem, a hunchbacked, sensitive, and intellectual friend, and with Stephen Guest, a vivacious young socialite in St. Ogg's and assumed fiancé of Maggie's cousin Lucy Deane, constitute the most significant narrative threads.

Tom and Maggie have a close yet complex bond, which continues throughout the novel. Their relationship is coloured by Maggie's desire to recapture the unconditional love her father provides before his death. Tom's pragmatic and reserved nature clashes with Maggie's idealism and fervor for intellectual gains and experience. Various family crises, including bankruptcy, Mr. Tulliver's rancorous relationship with Philip Wakem's father, which results in the loss of the mill, and Mr. Tulliver's untimely death, serve both to intensify Tom's and Maggie's differences and to highlight their love for each other. To help his father repay his debts, Tom leaves school to enter a life of business. He eventually finds a measure of success, restoring the family's former estate. Meanwhile, Maggie languishes in the impoverished Tulliver home, her intellectual aptitude wasted in her socially isolated state. She passes through a period of intense spirituality, during which she renounces the world, spurred by Thomas à Kempis’s The Imitation of Christ.

This renunciation is tested by a renewed friendship with Philip Wakem, with whom she had developed a friendship while he and Tom were students together. Against the wishes of Tom and her father, who both despise the Wakems, Maggie secretly meets with Philip, and together they go for long walks through the woods. The relationship they forge is founded partially in Maggie's heartfelt pity for broken and neglected human beings, but it also serves as an outlet for her intellectual romantic desires. Philip's and Maggie's attraction is, in any case, inconsequential because of the family antipathy. Philip manages to coax a pledge of love from Maggie. When Tom discovers the relationship between the two, however, he forces his sister to renounce Philip, and with him her hopes of experiencing the broader, more cultured world he represents.

Several more years pass, during which Mr. Tulliver dies. Lucy Deane invites Maggie to come and stay with her and experience the life of cultured leisure that she enjoys. This includes long hours conversing and playing music with Lucy's suitor, Stephen Guest, a prominent St. Ogg's resident. Stephen and Maggie, against their rational judgments, become attracted to each other. The complication is compounded by Philip Wakem's friendship with Lucy and Stephen; he and Maggie are reintroduced, and Philip's love for her is rekindled, while Maggie, no longer isolated, enjoys the clandestine attentions of Stephen Guest, putting her past profession of love for Philip in question. Lucy intrigues to throw Philip and Maggie together on a short rowing trip down the Floss, but Stephen unwittingly takes a sick Philip's place. When Maggie and Stephen find themselves floating down the river, negligent of the distance they have covered, he proposes they board a passing boat to the next substantial city, Mudport, and get married. Maggie is too tired to argue about it. Stephen takes advantage of her weariness and hails the boat. They are taken on board the boat, and during the trip to Mudport, Maggie struggles between her love for Stephen and her duties to Philip and Lucy, which were established when she was poor, isolated, and dependent on them for what good her life contained. Upon arrival in Mudport she rejects Stephen and makes her way back to St. Ogg's, where she lives for a brief period as an outcast, Stephen having fled to Holland. Although she immediately goes to Tom for forgiveness and shelter, he roughly sends her away, telling her that she will never again be welcome under his roof. Both Lucy and Philip forgive her, in a moving reunion and an eloquent letter, respectively.

Maggie’s brief exile ends when the river floods. The flood has been criticised as a deus ex machina. Those who do not support this view cite the frequent references to flood as foreshadowing, which makes this natural occurrence less contrived. Having struggled through the waters in a boat to find Tom at the old mill, she sets out with him to rescue Lucy Deane and her family. In a brief tender moment, the brother and sister are reconciled from all past differences. When their boat capsizes, the two drown in an embrace, thus giving the book its Biblical epigraph, "In their death they were not divided."

Photos 1 - 3) Lady Jane group at yahoo!
Photo 4) John Silverside / Daily Mail /REX.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Terrence Higgins Trust Lighthouse Gala Auction, 2010

Jane Asher abd Gerald Scarfe attend the Terrence Higgins Trust Lighthouse Gala Auction at Christie's on March 22, 2010 in London, England.

Photos 1, 6-9) From the net. If they are yous, comment below and I'll givr you full credit.
Photos 2 - 4) Ian Gavan/Getty Images Europe via Zimbio.com
Photo 5) Ian Gavan/Getty Images Europe.
Photos 10-12) Jonathan Hordle/REX