Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.
Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Holly Woodlawn (1946-2015), aged 69. Warhol Superstar and "transgender Puerto Rican actress" best known for her role in Warhol's TRASH with Joe D'allesandro (directed by Paul Morrisey), and WOMEN IN REVOLT. Immmortalised too of course in Lou Reed's 1972 classic "Walk On The Wild Wild Side" as the 'he who became a she'. Now that transgender is everywhere, Holly was indeed a trailblazer. Her memoir was titled "A Low Life in High Heels".
Shirley Selfox (1941-2015), aged.74. English character actress with striking looks, with a vast range of TV roles, including all the soaps: she had several stints in CORONATION STREET, plus BROOKSIDE, CROSSROADS and EASTENDERS, and lately from 2001 a leading role in EMMERDALE as Edna Birch, a classic soap opera harridan. She was also a Z CARS graduate, and appeared in KEEPING UP APPEARANCES, MAKING OUT, THE BILL, BERGERAC, INSPECTOR MORSE and did a lot of theatre too. She is terrific in Terry Jones's PERSONAL SERVICES, the 1987 film about Cynthia Payne (also also died recently).
Nicholas Smith (1934-2015), aged 81. English actor best known now for his role as the pompous, smug Mr Rumbold in the classic BBC series ARE YOU BEING SERVED? where he skewered the pomposities of the manager of Grace Brothers department store. He was the last surviving member of the main cast. He was with the show for its run from 1972 to 1985.Later work included GRACE AND FAVOUR and Pasolini's THE CANTERBURY TALES, plus WORZEL GUMMIDGE, LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE and the musical FOR ME AND MY GIRL on stage.