Our literary gift bundle, A Taste of Slightly Foxed, combines the current issue of the quarterly – Issue 76 – and our new Slightly Foxed Edition, No. 61 The Prince, the Showgirl and Me, and makes an ideal introduction to Slightly Foxed.
In this issue: Felicity James learns lessons in Cranford • Tom Hodgkinson is impressed by Uncle Quentin • Isabel Lloyd goes further into the wood • Jonathan Law pursues a man with many names • Pamela Beasant squeezes into a very independent bookshop • Anthony Gardner gets confused in Ruritania • Posy Fallowfield curls up with Shirley Hughes • Mathew Lyons remembers old Broadway • William Palmer goes birdwatching, and much more besides . . .
SF Edition, The Prince, the Showgirl and Me (No. 61)
During the 1950s an unusual event took place at Pinewood Studios: the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl, a light comedy starring Sir Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe as the two leads. This unlikely combination proved to be a disaster – Marilyn failed to turn up on time and could barely act or remember her lines, while Sir Laurence was completely out of his depth with her and her very un-British entourage. The film appeared and sank without trace, but fortunately Colin Clark, a cheeky young man working on set as a general dogsbody, was there to record the agonies of its making in this sharp and hilarious diary.