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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.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Twining Tea tasting party, 1982

May 26th, 1982 - Twining Tea tasting party in London, England.

Jane Asher with her son Alexander Scarfe, her mother Margaret Augusta Eliot, Stephanie Lawrence, David Jacobs and Graham Stark.







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Friday, 27 January 2017

'An American in Paris' rehearshals

January 19th 2017 - The An American in Paris cast and creative team on the first day of rehearsals.




Photo 1) Director Christopher Wheeldon says ‘break a leg’ to the cast and creative team at rehearsals!
Photo 2) Jane Asher (Madame Baurel) greets ZoΓ« Rainey (Milo Davenport).
Photo 3) Leanne Cope (Lise Dassin) chats to Jane Asher (Madame Baurel) and Robbie Fairchild (Jerry Mulligan).

A video

The upcoming West End premiere of An American in Paris begins previews at the Dominion Theatre from 4 March 2017.

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Monday, 23 January 2017

'Festen''s Almeida first night, 2004

March 25th, 2004 - Jane Asher, Gerald Scarfe and their son Rory Christopher Scarfe at the party following the First Night of Festen at the Almeida Theatre in Islington in London, UK.





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Friday, 20 January 2017

Swinging Sound 63, 1963.

Thursday April 18, 1963 - Swinging Sound 63






The Beatles topped the bill at the Royal Albert Hall, London, for a concert broadcast live by the BBC.

The event, titled Swinging Sound 63, also featured Del Shannon, the Springfields, Rolf Harris, Kenny Lynch and George Melly, among others. It took place in two parts separated by an interval, with The Beatles taking the stage twice - at 8.40pm and again at 10pm, introduced both times by George Melly.

The Beatles performed just two songs in their first set: Please Please Me and Misery. Neither were taped or broadcast by the BBC. For the second set, which was transmitted live, they played Twist And Shout and From Me To You.

The show’s finale featured The Beatles, along with all the other acts, in an instrumental version of Mack The Knife.

Following the event, Paul McCartney for the first time met Jane Asher, who would become his girlfriend and later his fiancΓ©e. The actress had earlier that day posed for a Radio Times photoshoot, in which she was snapped screaming for the group, by photographer Tony Asper. The article appeared in the 2 May 1963 edition of the Radio Times with Jane commenting, "Now these I could scream for." 

Jane had approached The Beatles while they were having a snack in the Royal Court Hotel in Sloane Square, where they were staying. She mentioned to them that she had been asked to write about them in the Radio Times. They were aware of her as she'd been a guest panelist on the TV show 'Juke Box Jury' and they were all charmed by her. 

Brian Epstein returned to his own hotel and Ringo Starr stayed behind to have an early night. Singer Shane Fenton, who'd also been on the concert bill that day drove John Lennon, Paul, George Harrison and Jane to journalist Chris Hutchins' flat, situated on the top floor of Kings House on the Kings Road. 

Initially, it was George who seemed to engage most of her attention. During the course of the next few hours Paul began to show his interest in Jane and the others left him to talk to her alone. Later he escorted her home and arranged to meet her again. Recalling the meeting, Paul commented, "We all said 'Will you marry me?' which is what we said to every girl at the time. She was a rare London bird, the sort we'd always heard about." 

Photos 1 & 4) Lady Jane group at Yahoo.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Jane Asher's dressing room, 2011

July 14th, 2011 - Jane Asher in her dressing room at The Rose Theatre at Kingston Upon Thames, Greater London, Britain, while she was rehearshing for the 'Farewell to the Theatre' and 'The Importance of Being Earnest' plays. 








Champion's trophies: Stirling Moss in his study surrounded by his favourite motoring memorabilia, including his Roary The Racing car braces and a Charles Eames chair.


My haven: Actress and cake queen Jane Asher invites us into her dressing room at the Rose Theatre in south-west London

By Roz Lewis for The Mail on Sunday 
16 September 2011

1 CORSET'S FUN

Behind the scenes: Jane Asher in her dressing room in The Rose Theatre at Kingston Upon Thames
I’m playing Lady Bracknell in The Importance Of Being Earnest here this autumn, and it requires me to wear a corset.
I’m a completely different shape once I’m pulled into it and I can’t think why we don’t all wear them.
Who am I kidding? I know exactly why – you can’t breathe in them! But for a couple of hours on stage I can pretend I have the figure this magical garment gives me – at the age of 65! It gets me in the right frame of mind for the part.


2 IN THE SWIM
Behind the scenes: Jane Asher in her dressing room in The Rose Theatre at Kingston Upon Thames
It’s pretty tough doing eight shows a week, and if I’m unfit I soon notice. I’ve tried all kinds of fitness regimes over the years, but swimming is the one I’ve kept up with most consistently: I can nip to my local baths, swim non-stop and relatively fast for exactly 20 minutes (which feels like an hour and a half), get showered and dressed and be back home all in three quarters of an hour. 
While I’m working here I use the local pool, which is close and very comfortable.



3 MY BABIES
Behind the scenes: Jane Asher in her dressing room in The Rose Theatre at Kingston Upon Thames

I was going to buy this cross-looking little baby for a friend who was about to give birth, but it reminded me so much of my son Alexander, who was four at the time, I couldn’t bear to part with it.
Then I spotted the frightened little chap in the same shop, and they summed up the relationship between Alex and his younger brother Rory so I had to get him as well. 
I added the cute little girl later for their older sister, Katie. They’re now 37, 29 and 27, and the best of friends.

4 SPOTLIGHT ON US
Behind the scenes: Jane Asher in her dressing room in The Rose Theatre at Kingston Upon Thames
My brother Peter, sister Clare and myself were all child actors, although I was the only one foolish enough to make it my career. My sister became a teacher and my brother is in the music business, and the three of us are still very close. 
This picture from the profession’s casting book, Spotlight, from 1952 always makes me smile – I love the added information that ‘all have red hair’. How could any casting director resist such a wonderful recommendation?


5 40-YEAR HITCH
Behind the scenes: Jane Asher in her dressing room in The Rose Theatre at Kingston Upon Thames
One of the many advantages of being married to a brilliant artist – my husband is Gerald Scarfe – is that any card he gives me is a work of art (although it’s a bit unfair I have to spend hours in card shops when he can just pop upstairs and produce something unique and beautiful).
After the 40-odd years we’ve been together, Gerald understands the tension for an actress on first night, and will always send me a little gift and tell me how brilliant I am.



6 MEMORIES OF MUM
Behind the scenes: Jane Asher in her dressing room in The Rose Theatre at Kingston Upon Thames

When I was a child, my mother would dress a doll in the costume I was wearing for whichever play I was in, and she made this one when I was playing Wendy in Peter Pan at London’s Scala Theatre when I was 15. She died earlier this year, and although she had been suffering from dementia and hadn’t been anything like ‘my Mum’ for some time, I miss her dreadfully.
She always sent me a card on first nights, so now I have this little doll in my dressing room instead.


Picture 1) Daily Mail.
Pictures 2 to 6) Mike Lawn/REX/Shutterstock.
Picture 7) From the net. If it's yours, drop me a line and I'll give you full credit. Thanks.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Prince's Trust Royal Summer Banquet, 1993

June 1993 - Jane and her husband Gerald Scarfe at the Prince's Trust Royal Summer Banquet. 




Photo 1) From The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, November 7, 1999 issue. Via Lady Jane group at yahoo.
Photos 2& 3) photoshot 

Monday, 9 January 2017

'The Adventurer' TV Series, 1973

Jane Asher as Sarah Cookson in TV series’ “The Adventurer”’s first season’s 16th  chapter entitled “To the Lowest Bidder”, originally aired on 1973.





Competition for the contract to build a new European highway takes an ominous tone when a girl’s life (Sarah Cookson) is placed in danger. The contract  or death. This is the grim situation for The Adventurer to tackle.     

Photos 1 & 2) aveleyman.com
Photo 4) ITC TV

Friday, 6 January 2017

Sandra Howard, Daphne Selfe and Jane Asher modeling golden clothes, 2016

Sandra Howard, Daphne Selfe and Jane Asher modeling golden clothes for the Daily Mail, published on December 21st 2016.

Author and former model Sandra Howard (right), 76, model Daphne Selfe (middle), 87, and actress and author Jane Asher (left), 70.

Jane is wearing an  Adrianna Papell dress, £300, johnlewis.com. Jane Asher says: ‘At Christmas, I always find an excuse to dress up, even if it’s just a glittery top at home. My mother told me redheads shouldn’t wear pinks and reds, but this dress proves that gold sequins on pink fabric needn’t be gaudy.’

Jane wearing blouse, £110, reiss.com; skirt, £69.95, boden.co.uk; and courts, £145, kurtgeiger.com. Jane says: ‘I’d wear this outfit to a party. It’s smart, classy, but fun — an easy way to add some gold to my wardrobe.’

(Source)

Monday, 2 January 2017

'Gasping' first night afterparty, 1990

June 8th, 1990 -  ‘Gasping’ first night afterparty at the Cafe Royal. Jane Asher with her husband Gerald Scarfe and their daughter Katie Scarfe.





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