television during the early- Fifties which made her famous. Sadly, she was not to everyone’s taste and was allegedly sacked in January 1955 for being too glamorous. Imagine that happening today!
Undaunted, she carried on acting on both the large and small screen up to the mid- Sixties when she moved to American television. Living in Hollywood and married to the musician Jack Matthias, she retired in the late- Eighties and died in 2010.
John Billingsley from Berkeley in Gloucestershire asked about the ventriloquist, Ray Alan. Born in London in 1930 Ray entered his first talent show when just five years old and by the age of 13 was a call boy at Lewisham Hippodrome. In his spare time he became a magician who played the ukulele but once he introduced ventriloquism, his act took off. Touring in cabaret he met Laurel and Hardy and modelled his new dummy, Lord Charles, on the slimmer half of the comic duo.
The pair were an instant success and after appearing at a charity show in Wormwood Scrubs Prison in London, Ray made his television debut on The Good Old Days, also