Eleanor Powell

Evergreen - - Summer 2016 -

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

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