What­ever hap­pened to… Anne As­ton?

YOURS (UK) - - Content - By Peter Robert­son

As part of an oc­ca­sional new se­ries, we look back at what hap­pened to the much-loved gameshow host­ess Anne As­ton

Ev­ery Sun­day af­ter­noon from the late Six­ties to the mid-Seven­ties, up to 16 mil­lion of us set­tled down to watch the live ITV gameshow, The Golden Shot. But for many of us the high­light of the show was not the gam­ing, the host or even the con­tes­tants aim­ing a cross­bow at an ex­plod­ing tar­get. It was the glam­orous if math­e­mat­i­cally chal­lenged host­ess Anne As­ton, as­sis­tant to the show’s pre­sen­ters, first Bob Monkhouse, then Nor­man Vaughan and Char­lie Wil­liams.

Hav­ing worked for her fam­ily’s hol­i­day busi­ness for much of her teens, Anne landed the part on the show, sim­ply by writ­ing to ask if she could be on it. Af­ter an au­di­tion with about 100 other women, she made her de­but in Jan­uary 1969. “Work­ing on telly was just how I ex­pected it to be,” she tells us. “It was re­ally grotty be­hind the scenes. I went from dark hair to blonde be­cause they wanted me to do that or else wear a wig. “It was a glam­orous era and girls wore very short dresses and low-cut tops. But today when I see what girls wear on telly… it’s worse than us!” Anne stayed with the show un­til it ended seven years later in 1975, then went on to star in The Chastity Belt with Frankie How­erd. She then ap­peared in a stage ver­sion of Peter Pan and nu­mer­ous pan­tomimes. “I wasn’t an ac­tress and never re­ally wanted to be one, but it was a pro­gres­sion,” she says. She also be­came a comic-book char­ac­ter called The Host­ess With The Most­ess, as well as mak­ing a record, ‘I Can’t Stop My­self From Lov­ing You Babe’. “My mum and dad bought it, but that was about it,” she chuck­les.

For the girl who strug­gled with ba­sic arith­metic on The Golden Shot, she de­vel­oped a lu­cra­tive sec­ond ca­reer in prop­erty in­vest­ment with her hus­band, Ed­die Tre-Vett, who she met in 1974 and mar­ried in 1986.

Today, aged 70, Anne and Ed­die live on the edge of the New For­est. They also spend two months a year in Kenya. But de­spite her more re­laxed life­style, Anne says she still wouldn’t mind step­ping back into her host­ess role once more. “I’d like to do it for a bit of fun but there aren’t many gameshow hostesses now. Women are ei­ther do­ing the shows or co-host­ing now, and I’m all for that. I’d have liked a chance of host­ing a show, but when I was do­ing TV, fe­males were mainly just there to look at­trac­tive.” Nev­er­the­less, Anne looks back fondly on her time as TV golden girl. “The Golden Shot com­pletely changed my life and is the thing that I’m known for. Every­thing else I did re­ally came from that. I was lucky be­cause I car­ried on work­ing for 25 years on dif­fer­ent things. I’m very grate­ful for my life.”

‘Work­ing on telly was just how I ex­pected it to be. It was re­ally grotty be­hind the scenes’

Anne rose to fame with Bob Monkhouse in The Golden Shot (top). Also pic­tured with Frankie How­erd in The Chastity Belt

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