16 Magazine, March 1965 issue.
She used to think of herself as Plain Jane, a homely little girl with braces on her teeth and plenty of freckles – but look at her now!
ABOUT 12 years ago three children were playing in London's hyde Park – three children with such flame-colored hair that a passerby turned to their mother and said, "You ought to do something about putting them on the stage. They'd be the talk of London. They're such a striking trio."
Jane Asher doesn't remember the incident, but this praise from a stranger had a profound effect on her life. For her mother, Margaret Asher, wife of a Wimpole Street doctor and a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in her own right, began to take her elder daughtet to agents for tiny parts in films. Jane was then five.
|1. This is the only picture of Jane as she appeared in her first movie. The film was called Mandy, and Jane played Nina, a bling girl (Mandy was a deaf mute).|
|2. After that, Jane could get no roles for six years, because she was "too young". In November 1959, she got the lead in Alice in Wonderland.|
|3. After several grade-B movies, Jane got second lead in Greengage Summer. Left to right: Susannah York, Jane, Dick Williams and Elizabeth Dear.|
|4. In Greengage, Jane (right) got a chance to prove what a fine dramatic actress she could be. On the set she met her first "boy friend", a French boy who was one of her fans.|
|5. At 14, Jane (left) was very self-conscious about the braces she had to wear on her teeth and the generous feckles she had. She remembers that she got the Greengage role because they were looking for a "homely little girl".|
|6. On top of everything else, Jane (left) suffered from a slight vocal defect at the time – she had a lisp! But with hard work and practice, she overcame this problem.|
|7. It was on the set of Greengage that Jane developed a lasting interest in dress designing.|
|8. To this day, Jane still designs most of her own clothes and makes them at home on her own sewing machine.|
|9. Jane claims that she hated every minute of her "tween-age." She says, "I wanted to be terribly exciting and glamorous, but it was pretty miserable knowing I was simply Plain Jane."|
|10. Though self-conscious, Jane was already an outspoken young girl. She appeared at one interview puffing away on an artificial cigarette whose tip lit up just like a real cigarette.|
|11. Disney saw Jane in Greengage and immediately cast her as Lady Jane Grey, to co-star with Sean Scully, in The Pince and the Pauper.|
|12. It was during this time that Jane developed her first real crush. She flipped for a 25-year-old British actor named Albert Finney.|
|13. "Alby" left to go on a trip around the world, and Jane's adulation slowly diminished.|
|14. In 1961, Jane played Wendy with film star Anne Heywood in Peter Pan.|
|15. At 16, Jane played the daughter of a Scotland Yard detective-inspector in a film called The Nose On My Face.|
|16. She made her first appearance on Juke Box Jury a top English record-rating show, in July 1963 – indirectly through this show, Jane met her current boy fried (that's right, Paul McCartney)!|
|17. One of Jane's highest successes on dramatic TV was the young romantic lead she played in The Rainow Man.|
|18. Jane's first movie released in America was The Masque Of The Red Death.|
|19. Jane's last public appearance was as a Can-Can dancer (along with Hayley Mills) in the charity show, Night Of 100 Stars, at the London Palladium.|
* NOTE: Some of the captions are terribly wrong!