Shirley Anne Field
Shirley Anne’s life is a perfect film script.
Film – opening scene: A scared girl in a dirty and tattered flowery dress is huddling in the dark corner of a room filled with beds. A tear rolls down the girls face as she lifts her head to face you. In her hand a picture of her mum and dad, which she scruples up and clutches it in her fist. She does do this in anger but with the fear of loosing it, as if to hold onto your most valued possession.
At the age of 6 she was placed in a children’s home, she trained as a typist before becoming a pin-up model. She was discovered by a theatre agent and later got her break through playing in The Entertainer, staring next to Laurence Olivier. She married and divorced an aristocrat RAF pilot and racing driver, was friendly with J.F.K and went on a date with Frank Sinatra. And – her brother was killed by the founder of DHL, Adrian Dalsey! Now she lives in a small and modest place in Notting Hill and talks fondly of the joy her grandchildren bring her.
Film – end scene: ‘Shirley Anne walks out through the open door of her Notting hill apartment. It’s a bright and sunny day. The sound of children laughing meets her as she walks into the bright outdoors. A small ginger haired boy runs up to her, grabbing hold onto her leg and says: ‘Play with me grandma! Play with me!’