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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

HOMICIDE - 1965 - AUSTRALIA

Date: 20th October 2010

HOMICIDE - 1965

I've just had an email from a Peter Blight in Melbourne, Australia informing me that an episode of Homicide in which I appeared in 1965 has just been broadcast in Oz and offering to send me a DVD.  In the old days one rarely, if ever, got a copy of anything in which you'd performed so this offer is absolutely wonderful.  It will bear no resemblance to what I look like today - for a start I had jet-black hair and was slightly more 'plump' and then I had a car accident in the Uk in 1967 where my face was damaged and I suffered a compound fracture of the nose.  By the time the specialist got to see me, the nose was halfway over my face so all he could do was splint it.  Some time later when I went back for a re-appraisal the darling man, Mr. John Baron (who studied under Sir Archibald MacIndoe who put back together so many of the Spitfire pilots of WW2) suggested that the nose hadn't healed straight and I needed a re-modelling.  I'd always wanted a nose like my sister's  - small and retroussee.  Mr. Baron came to my bedside to discuss the operation and when I told him what I would like, he picked up a copy of Vanity Fair which I'd been reading and flipped through it.  He stopped at a specific page and said - now that would suit you and that's what I got (apart from the Septum slipping a bit - but I couldn't face another operation so the Septum remained slipped!)  How I wish that I'd kept that copy of the magazine.

My present to me for having to give up my little flat in Cape Town (needed the money for the Pension Fund) is a trip to Oz to see old friends I've not seen for a very long time, to treat myself to two nights on the Barrier Reef (could never afford it when I lived in Oz being an impecunious actress) and then to meet up with my son and take him to the Blue Mountains for Christmas.  There I'm seeing a very very dear old friend from my Thespian days at the Union Rep. in Melbourne - he played Andrei to my Natasha in War and Peace.  I complete my little tour by staying with my 'new found' cousins in Perth.  They found me through my website.  I absolutely refuse to join Facebook and Twitter so there's not a vast amount of input through my Website but what there is, is of a high quality.

I've asked Peter Blight if he'd like to personally give me the DVD when I'm in Melbourne.

Funny thing - when my son first went to University, he accessed the Internet (something I'd not then learned to do) and surprised me by telling me  there were loads of sites concerning me and included my role in the Homicide episode about which Peter has just told me  - until then I'd actually forgotten about it.  Don't remember much but I think I was wearing Baby Doll nightwear - designed I think after the film Baby Doll.

I very much enjoy watching Old Movies and Old TV series - recently purchased the Keith Michell/Henry V111 series (superb and what the BBC was renowned for), also watching The Onedin Line (has dated a bit) but I can't imagine Homicide surviving the test of time - we'll see.

Au revoir.  Jan

 

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