One of Kenny’s pastimes was driving his latest car. He changed it every year for a brand new model and had, over time many of the most popular cars of the day including: a Ford Thunderbird, MG MGA, Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia, a Rolls Royce (tended to by his chauffer, Beint), Mercedes sports coupé convertible, and even a mini.
KenenthMore.com is absolutely thrilled to have been gifted with Kenny’s awards and personal effects in order to help protect and promote his legacy. Soon to be showcased on television, and as part of a special exhibition! More news to follow.
“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!”
In the first of a series of articles focusing on digitised items from The Kenneth More Preservation Library, Angela Douglas tells the story surrounding a very special treasure.
“This book is very personal to me. Not so much the story, but the memory attached to it. Winnie the Pooh was one of Kenny’s favourite books growing up and he kept a copy all throughout his adult life. One day by chance we happened to talk on the subject and I replied somewhat timidly how I had never read the story. ‘What? It’s a must!’ Kenny replied. ‘We have to get that corrected!’
Not that long after a copy was presented to me and I have had it with me ever since!
“No “Shrimp” can ever go through life without having discovered Pooh, Piglet and co…”
We had got together the previous year and our love for each other was instantaneous. It had nothing to do with who he was. In fact I remember saying to him ‘you could be Joe Bloggs for all I care!’ He laughed, ‘I am Joe Bloggs!’ From that moment forward this was the name which he chose to sign off cards and mementos to me. You will see that from his dedication in this book. It’s the first time it has been seen by the public.”
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Angela Douglas’ debut novel, ‘Josephine‘ is out now. Find out more here