Payday Loans
Susannah York (1939-2011)

  1. Hildegarde Neil, Antony and Cleopatra, 1972.      Charlton Heston, directing and starring, tested every capable actress in London.  Said his producer Peter Snell: “Jesus Christ, Cleopatra and Hitler have to be the three impossible roles.”
  2. Miranda Richardson, Dance With A Stranger, 1980.      The brother of Ruth Ellis (last women to be hanged for murder in Britain) tried to stop the production, having previously halted a 1975 version due to star David Bowie's wife, Angie.  (First saw Susannah during my Bournemouth Times days in The Wings of the Dove play).
  3. Twiggy, The Doctor and The Devils,  1985.     Originally set opposite Laurence Harvey in Belgrade. When made, the sole movie project  of  Swansea’s Dylan Thomas  - the self-styled “Rimbaud of Cymdonkin Drive”  -  created   a record 37-year delay between the completion and shooting of a script.
  4. Stephanie Beacham, The Colbys, TV, 1985-1987.   For billionaire Charlton Heston’s British art gallery owning wife, Sable (first cousin of Dynasty’s Joan Collins character), Faye Dunway wanted a bigger payday The budget was already $1m per episodeElizabeth Ashley, Angie Dickinson were next up. Then, the Brits.  Sue Lloyd and Kate O’Mara O’Mara (Dynasty’sCaress Morrell during 1986).  Plus Diana Rigg, Susannah York who quite simply refused the soap.   Beacham later Dynasty-ed in the 1988-1989 season.


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