Kenneth More fan, Carolyn Jones is a research scientist at the University of Manchester, where she still works as an Honorary Research Fellow
“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!
Kenneth More signed photo and response to fan Carolyn Jones
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.
Kenneth More response card (cover) to fan Carolyn Jone
Kenneth More response card to fan Carolyn Jones. Note this is an address card from the family home he shared with wife Mabel Barkby and daughter Sarah
Kenneth More signed photo to fan Carolyn Jones
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
‘Reach for the Sky!’ Fulfilling a childhood dream; Kenneth More fan Carolyn Jones gets ready for take off in a 1940s Spitfire at Duxford.