RICHARD BECKINSALE, ACTOR
6 JULY 1947 – 19 MARCH 1979
Richard and I met in Nottingham the early 1960’s. He was a student by day and a folk singer by night.
I was a secretary working for a bank.
We fell in love, married, had a baby daughter and moved to London in order for him to follow his dream of being an actor.
His dream of “making people laugh”.
My book tells the story – essentially a love story – of how we coped, grew up, parted and our reconciliation.
The story is punctuated with Richard’s version of events; I use excerpts from his many handwritten letters to me to illustrate his side of our story. There are many photographs which have never been published before. And his handwritten poems; dedicated to me, because I “inspired them”.
Shocking the country, He died suddenly in his sleep 30 years ago, on Thursday 19 March 1979, aged 31 becoming a legend of British comedy.
My book is an honest account and, I hope, evocative of the era.
I am looking for the right publisher who will want to be involved with this book.
16 March 2009