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, 31 July 2015

"Hercules" film premiere, 1997

Jane Asher and Gerald Scarfe at the “Hercules” film premiere, October 9th 1997. 

Photo 1) http://janeasherfans.tumblr.com
Photo 2) Louisa Buller/PA
Photo 3) Topfoto.co.uk

Monday, 27 July 2015

Greece, 1963

On September 1963 Jane and Paul and Ringo and Maureen travelled to Greece for a holiday.

Photo 1) September 1963 - Paul and Jane share a kiss on board a Greek tour bus in a personal snapshot taken by Ringo. From The Beatles Anthology book, via Lady Jane group at yahoo!.
Photos 2 & 3) September 20, 1963 - Ringo and Maureen with Jane Asher and Paul McCartney enjoying an outdoor meal during their Greek holiday. From photo set sold by the Bavarian Beatles Store, via Lady Jane group at yahoo!.
Photos 4 & 5) September 1963 - Rare photo of Paul and Jane sharing an intimate moment, said to have been taken during their holiday in Greece, published in Datebook magazine with a keyhole shape effect. Via Lady Jane group at yahoo!

Monday, 20 July 2015

Pink Party, 1963

1963 - Several months before they would have a Beatles connection model Pattie Boyd, 19, (left in red) and actress Jane Asher, 17, (center, in pink) posed in Honey magazine (Oct 1963) with Honey readers seeking expert make-up advice from Claire Wallace (with Pattie, second left standing). Honey held a pink themed party in their Beauty Room and asked the girls to wear shades of pink or red as they enjoyed roasting pink and white marshmallows in the fireplace. Photo by Anthony Norris.

From UK Honey magazine, October 1963. Claire Wallace expertly applies Jane's make-up during the Pink Party hosted by Honey magazine. Photos by Anthony Norris.

Photos and info from Lady Jane group at yahoo!

Friday, 17 July 2015

In the studio with Peter and Gordon, 1964

April 16th, 1964 - Peter and Gordon  rehearse with Peter’s sister Jane at the EMI Studios for charity concert called “Tribute to Michael Holiday” who commited suicide on October 29th 1963.

Photos 1 & 3) Lady Jane group at yahoo!
Photos 2 & 4) Byline: Doreen Spooner. Copyright Notice: Mirrorpix.
Photos 5 & 7) Poor quality on-line picture from the 3rd June 1964 issue of Australian's Women's Weekly. http://trove.nla.gov.au/
Photo 6) sosixties tumblr blog.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Pygmalion, 1965

July 1965 - Jane at the Palace Theatre, Watford, where she is playing Eliza Doolittle in 'Pygmalion'.

Pygmalion is a play by George Bernard Shaw, named after a Greek mythological character. It was first presented on stage to the public in 1913.

Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess at an ambassador's garden party by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important element of which, he believes, is impeccable speech. The play is a sharp lampoon of the rigid British class system of the day and a commentary on women's independence.

In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion fell in love with one of his sculptures, which then came to life. The general idea of that myth was a popular subject for Victorian era English playwrights, including one of Shaw's influences, W. S. Gilbert, who wrote a successful play based on the story called Pygmalion and Galatea first presented in 1871. Shaw would also have been familiar with the burlesque version, Galatea, or Pygmalion Reversed. Shaw's play has been adapted numerous times, most notably as the musical My Fair Lady and the film of that name.

19 July 1965 - Jane in her dressing room and backstage at the Palace Theatre, Watford.

Photo 1) Ebay auction listing.
Photos 2) From Lady Jane group at yahoo!
Photos 3 & 7) Bethephant tumblr blog.
Photo 4) Alamy.
Photo 5) From a Spanish magazine. From Lady Jane yahoo group.
Photo 6) Allaccess © JRC /The Hollywood Archive via belgaimage.be

Monday, 6 July 2015

Our 100th post!

So this is our 100th post! :D
I had different ideas of how to celebrate our 100th post, like posting my favourite Jane Asher pictures, doing a little summary of what's already been posted, or even a list of our tags (but you can check them at the right of the page).

So maybe I thought interesting the idea of sharing my memories about Jane. When I fell in love with her and what made me love her so much.

It all began in the (now) distant 1990s. In 1998 to be fair. I was a teenager back then and I loved The Beatles. My parents loved them and used to listen to them a lot. So while all my classmates listened to the Spice Girls, Back Street Boys or Britney Spears, I listened to The Beatles (and others). So yes, my Jane discovering was linked with The Beatles.

My twin sister and me were one of the many afternoons after finishing school at a friend's flat. We did the homework together, and then talk, or play at any game. And we had a magazine. For one side there was a report about Linda's health (or death? now I can't remember). I admired Linda and Stella. they were my first favourites Beatle Girl and Beatle Child. Then, in the same magazine (a Spanish magazine about celebrities) there was an article about an Unofficial Paul McCartney biography. 
And there was a picture of Paul and John Lennon, another or Paul and Linda, and this one of Paul and Jane:

I never heard of her before! (she was never famous in Spain, just in the 1960s when she was Paul's "friend" or "girlfriend", yes, with the quotation marks). And in the picture's caption and article it said: "Paul MCartney at 25, when he had a romance with the stage actress Jane Asher". And I fell in love with her: she was a stage actress! Back then I used to play stage plays with my cousins at home, and in the district theatre with the school. I loved (and still love!) the theatre, so I found that amazing. Plus she had a career herself, she wasn't just a beauty face!

Afterwards, me and my twin-sister bought The Beatles Anthology book to our parents as a Christmas present. Her favourite Beatlegirl became Pattie (being Cynthia the first one), after seeing her beautiful pics at the Anthology book. Before that we only new about Linda, Yoko and Cyn (in that order). And I saw Jane pics in colour, finally! And then I knew she was a red-haired girl! Because with the black and white picture of the Spanish magazine I thought she was brunnette... this made me love her even more, because red hair it's just very rare and so beautiful.

And not long after that we had internet at home! so at our spare time we started to search for pics of Jane and Pattie, and started to wonder also what they were doing "today" (in the mid/late 1990s!).  Also, every 1960s film I saw with a red-haired actress I wondered if she was Jane, and wondered also in which films she acted and how was her role.
We started to save all the pics we found of them on the net at disquettes (do you remember them?!). First we saved pics of all the 60s Beatlgirls (well, Cyn, Mo, Jane and Pattie). Each of them had a folder, with the pics, and then a folder with the "all together" pics. Then, we started to save the pics with a little info (the year, the place...). There were many websites, such Senti's Beatles Women, First Wives Club, She Loves You and an Argentinean one that we loved a lot (in geocities).
But then we saved too many pics, so each of the women had their own disquette! and we found out about the yahoo! groups, but, don't ask me why, we weren't keen to join. So we didn't. And we asked our friends to scan the Anthology's pics of the girls (because we didn't have a scanner back then). Our friends thought we were bit crazy, I think!
And, together with the pics, we searched a lot of information. I searched for Jane's bio and acting career, and knew she was an actress since her childhood and that was Paul's girlfriend and fiancée for 5 years! And it came one point that we didn't care of The Beatles anymore... (my sis and me we still love them), it was just the girls!

But, alas! The disquettes failed once. All the pics, thousands of them, were lost. So we started all over again. But saving them in CDs. It was a different story, but we wanted to have the pics. And then choosing the larger one, or the fuller one, or the one with the best quality. I remember, also, there were many pics which we didn't know the date. So we just thought of a year, and when we did find out the correct date, we only went wrong for one year (one year over or one year below), so we were amazed about our "knowledge".

In the end I joined some yahoo! groups. And eventually my sister joined them too. And we started websites for the girls as well because we had many pictures and we wanted to share them with everybody! Which sense had to have saved them if afterwards nobody else would look at them? So we started the websites at free hosting sites (why to pay?). First it was piczo. I built a site for Jane (Sixtie's Jane [sic], if anybody remembers it, back in 2006), and This Bird Has Flown for Cyn. And my sis a site for Pattie and another for Maureen.
I eventually became the moderator of the Lady Jane group at yahoo because I added maaaany pics, and some details. The historian in me wanted to know all the details, and there were many sites for Pattie and with the details, but not for Jane! So thanks to that now I'm owner of the Lady Jane group at yahoo :)


My Sixtie's Jane [sic] site at piczo eventually grew up to store pics also from the 1950s and until 2000s. Sadly I started to have many problems with piczo and finally I decided to change the host at webs.com (in 2011), where now my site is located. And the following logical step was to build a facebook page for Jane when the social media expanded (on April 4th 2012). In fact I think it was my sis who created the page, I wasn't keen on with the idea at first! And also a tumblr blog (launched on November 9th 2012).

Then, my sis started to buy vintage magazines from e-bay and other collectors sites. Many 1960s English magazines, because, as I said, you don't find pics and info in today's Spanish magazines. But in the 1960s there was! Also we finally just decided to save pics of Jane and Pattie (and all other new muses we discovered thanks to the internet!), as they were our favourite ones. And now I have 2 copies of the pics, and my sis another copy at external memory devices, so we hope (let's touch wood!) this time they aren't lost!
So that's my story. Since I was a teen in the 1990s my love for Jane hasn't stopped a day. Sometimes when you grow you discover new things, change and evolve... but then the classics are always the classics, and Jane has been always a classic. Maybe I can have a season in which I'll be mad about Lee Starkey, Shannen Doherty, Drew Barrymore or The Corrs (my other childhood and teenage idols). But I'll always come back to Jane. I'm pretty sure my love towards her, and my admiration, will never ever stop.

Friday, 3 July 2015

British Red Cross Gold Gala Ball, 2002

Jane Asher and Gerald Scarfe attend the British Red Cross Gold Gala Ball at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office June 17, 2002 in London.

Photo 1) Credit: John Li/Getty Images.
Photos 2m 3 & 4) Yui Mok / PA Archive/Press Association Images.