‘Amaz­ing’ archives will keep duo’s legacy alive

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

Stan Lau­rel’s great-grand­daugh­ter Cas­sidy Cook is in charge of 70 boxes of the comic’s pa­pers and archives – and says the ma­te­rial is price­less.

Cas­sidy cared for her gran Lois, Stan’s daugh­ter, for 15 years, but it was only when she passed away that Cas­sidy dis­cov­ered the ex­tent of the Lau­rel and Hardy archives that were stored in their house. Now she is plan­ning a bi­og­ra­phy of the com­edy pi­o­neers.

“I’ve been find­ing jour­nals, scripts, notes, au­dio tapes with their wives talk­ing about their lives – it’s amaz­ing,” Cas­sidy said.

“Stan had passed all of it on to my gran for her to write a book. I think she in­tended to put it to­gether, but maybe she didn’t have the where­withal to do so and she also led a busy life.

“We moved in to­gether 17 years ago and I can re­mem­ber won­der­ing what was in all of these boxes. All she said to me was ‘One day you will know’.

“It was only when she passed and I was mov­ing house that I be­gan to go through these 60 or 70 boxes of trea­sure.

“At the same time, the movie came along and I just heard my gran’s voice say­ing ‘ You know what to do now’.”

She added: “My gran spent her life try­ing to pro­mote their legacy on her own dime, go­ing along to the Sons of the Desert fan club events, and she did so be­cause she thought it was im­por­tant to keep their legacy alive.”.

A young Stan and mum Madge, above, and her grave, un­marked in the mid­dle

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