For someone who has professed “terminal shyness,” Annette André has written her memoir with arresting honesty and generosity. From a lonely childhood in Sydney, Australia, and overcoming a chronic illness to become a professional ballet dancer, Where Have I Been All My Life? reveals the truth behind her storybook romance with a famous bullfighter, how Benny Hill proposed marriage, and why a chance conversation with Prince Charles helped to change the course of her life.
Guest starring with Roger Moore in more of The Saint episodes than any other actress, Annette quickly became one of the most popular TV actors of Britain’s “Golden Age,” in such classic series as The Avengers, The Prisoner, The Persuaders! and her most memorable role of all, as Jeannie in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). From her fly–on–the–wall view of Burton and Taylor’s romance while filming Cleopatra to the perils of shooting A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, and her appearances on the West End stage, Annette found writing the story of her life “excruciatingly hard work, but like a good orgasm, damn well worth the effort.”
EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK….
From Chapter 1
I never saw the blow coming but when his fist hit my cheek, I vividly recall seeing the shocked face of the man with a small black moustache seated in the front row. Catapulting toward the bed upstage, I felt as if my brain was exploding with blinding daggers of light. But incongruous as it seems, what stands out the most from that violent moment all these years later, was wondering what Oliver Hardy was doing at the Bush Theatre without Stan Laurel?
If this incident which happened on opening night of The Collector, in 1972, seems an arbitrary start to the story of my life, I assure you that it’s not. Who is to say with any certainty where, in the long corridor of years and incidents, is the single defining moment that separates all that went before and was to come after; where a door opened that changed a path to the future?
What is remarkable to me about the choice I’ve made where to begin this narrative, is the surprise of what it turned out to be and the indelible effect that it had on the rest of my life. Now, in retrospect, I believe that punch delivered the most unlikelyof turning points imaginable – the befuddled, baggy–pants bit of business with Laurel and Hardy notwithstanding.
From Chapter 16
This 1:00am in the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge set the scene that has since defined Hollywood for me as a land of eternal youth disguised as a well–polished, greying–at– the–temples casting couch.
In most professions, job interviews take place during normal business hours but for the actor leading a catch–as– catch–can existence, there are no norms. And so it was that I found myself seated in a plush banquette, a plate of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon between me and a famous film director. His assistant had called to say that this late hour was the only time he could see me before leaving for New York in the morning. He’d been in casting sessions all day and evening but was interested in meeting me for his new film.
If I had any doubts about his sincerity, they were somewhat diluted by his bringing a script of the film and placing it in front of me while he described in detail its plot and the character I might play. He was a charming man, surprisingly modest and disarmingly proud of his two college–aged children. By the time my nocturnal breakfast dishes were cleared it was 2:30am and I was feeling hopeful that I had given a good enough account of myself to win a shot at testing for the role. He glanced casually at his watch. “So, what are your plans for the rest of the night?” “What rest of the night?” I laughed, “It’s almost daylight.” “Exactly, no reason to trek home when my suite’s two floors up.” His hand was on the script before I’d recovered from the ambush. He’d no doubt played–out this charade many times
before, yet he managed to make it seem fresh and unrehearsed. I was barely out of the banquette when I heard him say without rancour, “It was a pleasure meeting you.” Is it just my imagination or was that farewell a bit like a hit– man assuring his victim, “Nothing personal?”
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I’ve Got A Date With The Eternal Village.
I’m twice blessed on September 9th, 2018!
I’ll be appearing at the annual “The Eternal Village” celebration of “The Prisoner”——- and I’ll be officially launching the publication of my memoir, “Where Have I Been All My Life?” that day at the Seattle, Washington event.
Guest – starring with me will be two dedicated and knowledgeable “Prisoner” fans, Rick Davy, author of essential guides to the series, and Publisher of Quoit Media and Prof. Valarie Ziegler, who will examine the series as not only unique entertainment but an exploration of the individual’s role in modern society. We’ll all be doing Q and A’s.
“TheEternal Village” is the brain– child of Karl Frunz, a Renaissance-man who has successfully combined his love of the Golden Age of TV and radio dramas, with the corporate and academic worlds.
As a special offer for those who attend the event, Karl is offering my book at a one – time discount of 25% off the list price for all pre-orders, and a 20% discount for books purchased at the event. All books will be personally inscribed and autographed by me.
If you can attend “The Eternal Village” day– long event, I urge you to book now on the “Village’s” website, as the popularity of the celebration makes it a “must” event.
I’m looking forward to seeing you there!
Be well, and as always, please be kind to the animals.
Please follow this link for more information on the above event, and to book tickets: www.theeternalvillage.org/register-to-attend.html
Rick Davy is one of the World’s most respected and best-known historians of ‘The Prisoner’. For 15 years he has run The Unmutual Website, the World’s largest website regarding the classic Patrick McGoohan series, and is author of the book ‘The Prisoner – The Essential Guide’. Rick also wrote the 17 episodes’ text commentaries for the 50th anniversary official BluRay set, as well as writing about the series for organisations such as Titan Comics, and Infinity Magazine. As well as his own book, Rick contributed to works such as ‘George Markstein and The Prisoner’ and ‘It Means What It Says’, and has proofread or advised on countless others. In 2018 Rick organised and presented the ‘Fifty Years of The Prisoner’ and ‘Not a Number’ Elstree celebration events at Elstree Studios.
To give individuals who appreciate the ideas and artistry of, The Prisoner, opportunities to celebrate those who contributed to the creation of the iconic program, and those who have added to the canon through their artistic or intellectual endeavours.
THE ETERNAL VILLAGE’S
VERY SPECIAL GUESTS:
Actor, Painter, Broadcaster and Animal Activist
. . .Annette Andre is a highly talented performer and a deeply spiritual crusader for causes that improve the treatment of animals domestic and in the wild.
In the most vibrant decades of global entertainment, Annette contributed performances to genre defining programs, acclaimed films and cherished theater classics. Along that continuum, Annette
delivered a riveting performance as the Watchmaker’s daughter in the Prisoner episode, “It’s Your Funeral” – a role and a career we’ll applaud and examine when Annette joins us in
The Eternal Village 2018.
In the interim . . .
Explore more about Annette’s career at her website (https://annetteandreofficial.wordpress.com/).
In the interim . . .
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Annette’s enthralling and entertaining new memoir:
“Where Have I Been All My Life”
is being offered at an amazing pre-order discount of 25%, and, a very special 20% savings for editions purchased at
The Eternal Village event. All editions will be personally inscribed & autographed.
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Author, Entrepreneur and Oracle . . .
Rick Davy is the cardinal center-point on the world map of Prisoner fandom.
As the Manager/Curator of
(http://www.theunmutual.co.uk) website, Rick has dedicated over a decade of his life to keeping Prisoner (and Portmeirion) fans informed and engaged with every manner of news regarding our cherished program, the lives and pursuits of the people who created the television masterpiece, and, the multitude of ways that fans have embraced and expanded the canon of No. 6 and his Village endeavors.
Rick will bring to The Eternal Village his personal insights about The Prisoner, conversation about the books he’s written and published, plus . . . he will be sharing a few rarities (i.e. images, facts and footage) from The Unmutual’s most secret vaults.
PROFESSOR VALARIE ZIEGLER
Valarie -Professor of Religious Studies at DePauw (https://www.depauw.edu/) University, Greencastle, IN
will share her enlightened examination of how The Prisoner, in particular the episode, “Free For All“, grants many avenues and angles to examine this core human struggle of individualism within society.
Further, Valarie shall pose a thought provoking discussion as to whether No. 6, and/or any of us, are actually, ever . . . . free!
THE ETERNAL VILLAGE’S PROGRAM WILL BE HELD AT
THE BROADWAY PERFORMANCE HALL
1625 Broadway, Seattle, WA. 98122
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I’ve been an animal lover all of my life (after overcoming being terrorized by a large dog when I was four,) and became an animal rights advocate after seeing “Born Free,” one of my favourite films, and the reason that I attended a talk given by the film’s stars, Virginia McKenna and her husband, Bill Travers, founders of the Born Free Foundation.
Over the years, I gave talks to schools and organizations, introducing the BFF’s outstanding role in exposing the cruelty long-hidden by zoos and circuses, and with my husband, Arthur, investigated zoos and circuses with the goal of forcing them to make changes to how the animals in their care were treated.
Recently, you may have heard that a lowland gorilla named Koko died at age 46. Famous for having “learned” over 2000 words in English using a form of sign language, Koko and her keeper “conversed” on a daily basis. Born in the San Francisco zoo, Koko made headlines when she adopted a kitten as a pet.
I, along with other activists, are strongly opposed to the claims of those who use captive animals to “prove” their intelligence by a one-way traffic of the animal being trained to respond to the English language and the keeper learning nothing of the animal’s own.
To this day, after years of researchers using captive animals to investigate their connection to humans, there isn’t a single instance of the roles being reversed and the humans learning the animal’s language. From dolphins and whales to elephants and birds, humans have trained them to respond to their commands but remain ignorant of the creatures’ own languages.
Clearly, the time has come for a new way of thinking about the animals we share our planet with as well as paying equal respect for their rights.
I’d appreciate hearing what you think about this or any other matter affecting the well-being of animals, domestic or in the wild.