FEATURES: Ode to Shrimp…

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Kenny and Angela larking about in Sussex

In the 1970’s, a book was to be compiled featuring poems by several celebrities, each written with someone special in mind.

Many people were sought to contribute including Spike Milligan.

When Kenny was asked whether this might be something of interest to him, he jumped at the chance to write a poem in honour of his wife, Angela Douglas.

The book, it seems, never came to pass, but Kenny’s original poem survives in the estates’s archives and can be found below.

The reverse side of the poem Kenny has signed his best wishes along with his home address.

*Kenny was an admirer of Max Miller, who was well known for using the phrase “now there’s a funny thing”. No doubt its use by Kenny below is a direct reference…

KENNY MORE

HAS TO REMEMBER

“SHRIMP”

ALL DAY

A shrimp is a fish,

Or nearly so,

But does it have a mate?

I met a girl called Angela

I met her on a ‘date’

Now, ten years later, she’s my wife

*There’s a funny thing,

A little shrimp, that’s almost a fish,

Led to a wedding ring!

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NEWS: THE KENNETH MORE THEATRE PRESENTS – AN AUDIENCE WITH ANGELA DOUGLAS

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Kenny and Angela on holiday in Cyprus

KMT PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
AN AUDIENCE WITH ANGELA DOUGLAS

The KMT are delighted to welcome Angela Douglas back to the Theatre after more than 30 years. During this intimate and exclusive event celebrating Kenneth More CBE, Angela will be interviewed on stage by her publicist, Nick Pourgourides, who also looks after More’s Estate. Angela will talk about her career, with special focus on her life with Kenneth More. This will be accompanied by a look back at his work with clips. There will also be a post event book signing by Angela.

Angela Douglas is best remembered for her roles in 4 classic Carry On Films, including Carry On Cowboy as an all-singing and trigger-happy version of Annie Oakley. She then appeared in Carry On Screaming, Follow That Camel and Carry On Up the Khyber. She has, by virtue of this association, appeared in many retrospective and spin-off programmes, as well as classic TV series’ such as The AvengersThe Saint and Doctor Who.

After her husband More was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, she put her career on hold to nurse him, but after his death she returned in various roles.  In recent years she has concentrated on a career in journalism and writing, having completed two books, including the highly acclaimed autobiography Swings and Roundabouts, which detailed her affair and subsequent marriage to More

Her debut novel; Josephine is published on 11th October, 2018. A powerful and compelling story of a young woman’s journey to stardom and the trials and tribulations of show-business and celebrity. Set against the backdrop of London’s 1960s, her path crosses with the likes of Kirk Douglas, Steve McQueen and Neil Armstrong. Though a work of fiction, the novel draws extensively on Angela’s own experiences.

This is an extremely rare opportunity to learn more about Kenny at a special, one-off event. To book tickets click here

You can follow Angela Douglas on Twitter.

FEATURES: ANGELA MORE ON KENNY

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Kenny and Angela at Bute House

Author, journalist and actress, Angela Douglas, was married to Kenneth More from 1968 until his passing in 1982. Here she shares her memories of Kenny behind the camera.

Pastimes: “Golf. Driving his car. Which he  always bought new and changed every year. His last was an MG. In the past he had so many, from a Rolls to a mini. Listening to Mahler…..reading. Mostly about the American Civil War….”

Hobbies: “He had a good collection of watches (Rolex, Cartier) and he loved antique clocks…He had lots of cufflinks…He enjoyed good wine…and it had to be French. He had an extensive collection of books on Churchill…”

Personal items: “St Christopher’s medal which used to belong to British actress and friend Kay Kendall(Genevieve)…A gold bracelet he wore which he bought for himself on a whim. A signet ring with an antique shank and an Amethyst stone. It was sent to Germany to have Kenny’s family crest engraved on it. It was my wedding present to him. I wore it for years after he died. Both are now with his daughter Sarah.”

Sense of style: “Immaculately neurotically ‘clean and tidy’.”

Favourite book: “’Get Yamamoto. His treasure from his childhood was a copy of ‘Winnie the Pooh’.”

Favourite saying: “’This too will pass’” and “don’t let anyone get too close to you…they’ll only let you down’.  Sounds so cynical and unlike him.”

A few of his favourite London spots: Kew Gardens…we often went there…and always had a delicious tea at The Maids of Honour. His favourite place to lunch was The Garrick Club.”

A sweet tooth: “Loved peppermint dark chocolate with white filling, liquorice and Pontefract cakes. He also liked Fullers White walnut cake, and his favourite was Battenburg cake.”

Traits: “Very generous to young actors….if he thought they didn’t have any money he would find a way to slip £20 into a pocket or two…Always first to pick up the bill in a restaurant.”

Handy man?: “He always mowed the lawn and would clean the gutters periodically, but that was as good as it got. One morning in bed Kenny looked up and noticed some damp on the ceiling. ‘Shrimp: we will have to move!’ He exclaimed!”

With thanks to A Gentleman’s Jotter for this exclusive extract from Remembering Kenneth More. You can follow Angela Douglas on Twitter here. Her debut novel, Josephine, is published October 11th.

NEWS: Greetings…

Welcome to the all-new and official Kenneth More website. A place to learn more about one of Britain’s most iconic stars, with unique and exclusive access to treasures from the family archives, as well as news, features and upcoming events.

Stay tuned and…’keep on keeping on!’

 

FEATURES: More on More

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Click for Desert Island Discs choices 1 and 2

On his father:

From him I inherit an easy-going attitude to life though not the casual attitude which was to bring  him twice to the edge of ruin. I am also indebted to him for a certain inventiveness of mind which has helped me in my career, and for memories of his prodigal and sometimes misplaced generosity. There was nothing small-minded or mean about him.” 

More or Less – Kenneth More, An Autobiography (Hodder & Stoughton)

On his mother: 

“Life to her was what I always tried to make it for myself (sometimes without notable success) – a time to enjoy and to share with others of like mind. I am forever in her debt for this.” 

More or Less – Kenneth More, An Autobiography (Hodder & Stoughton)

On life: 

“our lives do have a set and definite pattern – if only we do not struggle against it. Sometimes we try so hard to achieve something that seems important at the time, and only years later do we realise that if we had but let events take their course, and been content to be carried on their tide, we would have achieved quite a different aim, for which we were probably better suited.” 

More or Less – Kenneth More, An Autobiography (Hodder & Stoughton)

On Reach For The Sky: 

Bader’s philosophy was my philosophy. His whole attitude to life was mine. I wanted this part, not just because I felt I could do full justice to it, but because it was an embodiment of my own belief that courage, faith and determination can overcome all obstacles.” 

More or Less – Kenneth More, An Autobiography (Hodder & Stoughton)

What are your main assets as an actor…?

“Firstly, I have a voice that people can hear…

Secondly, that I have confidence, through experience…

Thirdly, that I’m a very emotional person, very very emotional, who still believes in magic, which I think is essential in the theatre…

And again I am an extrovert…I can deal with situations as they arise. And I have this gift, I suppose…of comedy timing, which is really the basis of all acting, because all lines have to be timed…I suppose those are my assets, my liabilities we won’t go into those…

…I wonder what the verdict of my own profession would be? I would like to hazard a guess: ‘same actor, different clothes!’”

Talking with Michael Henry Flanders OBE on Omnibus (BBC)