Ian Hendry + Jane Asher + Zena Walker – Lobby Card From Girl In The Headlines [1963]

Picture above:(from l-r) Ian Hendry, Jane Asher + Zena Walker in Girl In The Headlines [1963]

Girl In The Headlines [1963]

Girl in the Headlines (AKA The Model Girl Murder Case ) is a 1963 British detective film directed by Michael Truman and starring Ian Hendry, Ronald Fraser, Jeremy Brett and Jane Asher. It is based on the novel ‘The Nose on my Face’ by actor Laurence Payne.

Plot

Inspector Birkett and Sergeant Saunders are called in to investigate the murder of a glamorous model. It becomes apparent the girl had led a chequered life and that her acquaintances included drug dealers. Jordan Barker and Hammond Barker are reluctant to help but when the police finally make an arrest, another murder occurs in a seedy Soho Jazz café. But are the two murders connected?

Cast
Ian Hendry – Inspector Birkett
Ronald Fraser – Sergeant Saunders
Margaret Johnston – Mrs Gray
Natasha Parry – Perlita Barker
Jeremy Brett – Jordan Barker
Kieron Moore – Herter
Peter Arne – Hammond Barker
Jane Asher – Lindy Birkett
Rosalie Crutchley – Maude Klein
Robert Harris – William Lamotte
Duncan Macrae – Barney
Zena Walker – Mildred Birkett
James Villiers – David Dane
Alan White – Inspector Blackwell
Martin Boddey – Inspector
Marie Burke – Madame Lavalle
Patrick Holt – Walbrook
Douglas Muir – Fingerprint Expert

Jane Asher

Jane Asher (born 5 April 1946) is an English actress, author and entrepreneur, who achieved early fame as a child actress, and has worked extensively in film and TV throughout her career.

She has appeared in TV shows and films such as Deep End, The Masque of the Red Death, Alfie, The Mistress, Crossroads, Death at a Funeral and The Old Guys. She is also known for supplying specialist cakes and kitchenware, as well as publishing three best-selling novels. She was a key figure of 1960s show business society as well as a girlfriend and muse to Beatle Paul McCartney

Asher was a child actress and appeared in the 1952 film Mandy and the 1955 science fiction film The Quatermass Xperiment. She also played the title role in dramatised versions of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass in 1958 for Argo Records. In 1961 she co-starred in The Greengage Summer which was released in the United States as Loss of Innocence. She also appeared in the 1962 film and Disney TV programme, The Prince and the Pauper. British TV appearances included three episodes (1956–1958) of the ITV series The Adventures of Robin Hood and as a panelist on the BBC‘s Juke Box Jury.

Asher as Juliet when the Bristol Old Vic made a US tour in 1967. She appeared in Roger Corman‘s The Masque of the Red Death (1964) with Vincent Price, in Alfie opposite Michael Caine in 1966, and in Jerzy Skolimowski‘s Deep End (1970). Jane Asher acted with John Moulder Brown in Deep End.

On television, she guest-starred in an episode of the British television comedy series The Goodies; The Stone Tape; Wicked Women; Rumpole of the Bailey; as Celia Ryder in the 1981 Granada Television adaptation of Brideshead Revisited; A Voyage Round My Father opposite Laurence Olivier; The Mistress (1985–87); and as Faith Ashley in Wish Me Luck (three seasons from 1987–89).

In 1994, she portrayed the Doctor Who companion Susan Foreman in a BBC Radio 4 comedy drama Whatever Happened to Susan Foreman? Another notable radio appearance was in The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in 2002, in the episode “The Peculiar Persecution of Mr John Vincent Harden”.

In 2003, she appeared in the revived ITV soap, Crossroads where she played the hotel’s owner, Angel Samson. After the soap was axed, Asher apologised to Crossroads fans for the way the 2003 series went.

On 18 April 1963, the 17-year-old Jane Asher interviewed the Beatles at Royal Albert Hall in London, England and began a five-year relationship with Paul McCartney. In December 1963, McCartney took up residence at Asher’s family Wimpole Street town house and stayed there until the couple moved into McCartney’s own home located in St John’s Wood in 1966. McCartney wrote several Beatles songs inspired by her, including “And I Love Her“, “You Won’t See Me“, “I’m Looking Through You“, and “Here, There and Everywhere“. McCartney and Asher announced on Christmas Day 1967 that they were engaged to marry, and in February and March 1968 Asher accompanied the Beatles and their respective partners to Rishikesh to attend an advanced Transcendental Meditation training session with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In mid-1968, Asher returned to London from an acting assignment in Bristol earlier than expected and caught McCartney in bed with Francie Schwartz. A fan who frequently hung around Paul’s Cavendish Avenue home claims to have witnessed the incident, saying “…Paul brought this American girl home…[and a little while later]…another car turned into Cavendish Avenue — it was Jane. She’d come back…earlier than she was supposed to. Jane went into the house. A bit later on she came storming out again and drove away.” Shortly after, Margaret Asher drove to Cavendish Avenue to collect her daughter’s things.

On 20 July 1968, Asher announced publicly to the BBC that her engagement to McCartney had been called off, an announcement that shocked many people, including McCartney himself. At the time of Asher’s announcement, McCartney was at his father’s home with Schwartz by his side. McCartney, who had not been formally broken up with before the announcement, had been publicly dumped on television. Though Schwartz has confirmed that Asher did see them in bed together, she claims that she was not the sole reason for the breakup, and that the couple were on the verge of breaking up prior to Asher walking in. Other people, such as Hunter Davies and Barry Miles, state that the relationship always had major problems, one of those being that McCartney wanted Asher to give up her career after they married, an aspiration of his that Asher would not comply with. Another prevalent problem in the relationship was McCartney’s drug use and womanizing. After returning to London from a five-month acting tour of the United States in May 1967, Asher found McCartney to be completely different, confiding in Davies that McCartney had “changed so much. He was on LSD, which I hadn’t shared. I was jealous of all the spiritual experiences he’d had with John. There were fifteen people dropping in all day long. The house had changed and was full of stuff I didn’t know about.”

Since the breakup, Asher has never spoken about her relationship with McCartney. Being asked about it irritates her, as she stated in 2004: “I’ve been happily married for 30-something years. It’s insulting.” She did attend the London premiere of the Beatles’ last movie Let it Be along with John Lennon‘s former wife Cynthia, though none of the Beatles was in attendance.

Asher met the illustrator Gerald Scarfe in 1971. Their daughter Katie was born in 1974. They married in 1981 and they had two more children, sons Alexander (born 1981) and Rory (born 1983).

 

Until next time,

Neil Hendry
Editor, Official Tribute To Ian Hendry

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