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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, 13 May 2016

A Voyage Round My Fahter, 1984

Before creating the beloved courtroom drama Rumpole of the Bailey, writer John Mortimer found inspiration in his own life for this portrait of a difficult but enduring love between father and son in mid-20th-century Britain. 
Screen legend Laurence Olivier stars as the eccentric patriarch, Clifford Mortimer – a blind barrister so stubborn and cantankerous that he refuses to acknowledge his sightlessness. Alan Bates (Gosford Park) portrays his devoted son John, who follows his father's footsteps in the law while longing to become a writer, with Jane Asher (Brideshead Revisited) as his wife Elizabeth and Elizabeth Sellars as his mother. 
Adapted for the screen by Mortimer himself and filmed largely on location at his family estate in bucolic Oxfordshire, this production garnered multiple awards, including an International Emmy for best drama. Jane was nominated for a BAFTA award for best actress in 1983.
This production was notable for including the blind actor Esmond Knight in a sighted role, as one judge Mortimer senior faces. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, it captures the special bond between father and son, which at times seems unbearable--but ultimately unbreakable.















Photos 1 & 2) From the net.
Photos 3 to 5) Ebay auction listing.
Photos 6 to 14) REX FEATURES.

Monday, 9 May 2016

The Wicked Women screen caps,1970

On Saturday, March 7, 1970 Jane's portrayal of Anne Maria Moody in the six-part London Weekend Television series "The Wicked Women" aired. Each chapter featured a notorious Victorian lady criminal who killed to try to escape the miserable situation of her life. 
In the 4th chapter, Jane, as the demure-looking Anne, in 1860 lured an infatuated money-lender into trying to murder her protector for his money. "I've never played a woman as wicked as that before," Jane said. Jane sympathized with her character's plight: "She (Anne Maria Moody) owed a great deal of money trying to be better off socially than she was. When she was pestered by debt collectors, her situation became quite desperate. There was a great deal of Victorian pressure on her because she wasn't married, just living with a man, calling herself his wife. When one of the debt collectors threatens to reveal her secret she feels even more desperate".

 


















Many thanks to Tony Owen for sending the screen caps for www.janeasher.webs.com (his youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/StatesEdgeFilms). *Please do not remove the credit or change the source.*  Sadly, the video is no longer on-line and the account has been removed.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Mandy, 1952

Five-year-old Jane Asher's first acting role was the part of Nina in the film "Mandy" (also known as "Crash of Silence"), an emotional and well-received story about a deaf-and-dumb girl, Mandy (Mandy Miller), which featured Nancy Price, Phyllis Calvert and Doroty Alison. 


































































































Photo 1) Jane and Nancy Price in a scene of "Mandy". For Many years, this was the only known picture of this film including Jane Asher. My scan from the March 1965 issue of '16 Magazine'. 
Photo 2) Jane, Nancy Price and Phyllis Calvert. Lady Jane group at yahoo!
Screeencaps) Made by me. Please give credit when using them, thanks.

The watermarks are necessary because of screen copying for web use without permission or credits.