“When I was a teenager, probably about 12 or 13, I saw Genevieve and Doctor in the House at the cinema. While all my contemporaries were rather smitten with Dirk Bogarde and other leading men, I was enchanted by Kenneth More.
There was something about his rakish personality that appealed to me. For some reason or another, I wrote to him several times. I cannot now recall the content of those letters, but in one I must have asked him about the colour of his eyes because he answered my question telling me they were trout’s eyes!
I know that I also wrote asking for photos of him in a Night To Remember and he sent me a card back telling me where I could obtain them.
I was so overjoyed when I got replies, and very touched that he would reply personally. Sceptics told me he would never have signed them himself, a big star like that, but I am sure that he did – the handwriting matched his printed signature for a start. What a kind man to answer some stranger in that way, especially a young girl.
In my later years, when I look at those photos and his notes, I am always deeply touched and impressed and count myself extremely lucky. I was so sorry to hear of his death in 1982 and wanted to tell his wife how exceptionally kind her husband had been to me, so wrote a letter of condolence telling her of my experiences as a teenager. I got a lovely reply back. I treasure all these mementos of Kenny More, even though I am now well into my 70’s and a grandmother! I think he was a very special person and he will always have a place in my heart.
For me, his best film will always be Reach for the Sky, possibly because I have always loved Spitfires, and I found it so inspirational. Last July I actually flew in a Spitfire at Duxford – we looped the loop and did a barrel roll – it was a dream come true!”
All images courtesy of Carolyn Jones