PomPom's Up!: From Puberty to Pythons and Beyond

PomPom's Up!: From Puberty to Pythons and Beyond

Carol Cleveland

Language: English

Pages: 280

ISBN: 0992816106

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

In 'Pom-Poms Up!, From Puberty to the Pythons and beyond, the British born, American raised and RADA trained actress reveals her life, loves and laughs as the 'Glamorous PYTHON GIRL' who famously kept her cool and a straight face in the heat of the humour generated by Cleese, Palin, Jones, Gilliam and the late Chapman, The 'MONTY' Pythons.

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in London.” There were in fact, three of us dancing nymphs – the other being Helen Downing – and we would each get letters from admirers who’d seen the show. There was one particular man who came again and again to watch us perform, and he would always sit in the same seat…. third row back, centre stalls. After each show one of us would receive a letter commenting, not on our own performance, but on how the other two had performed that night! In one of these letters he wrote to Helen: “Carol

get this job, because I’d always been a great admirer of Shirley’s work and was very much looking forward to meeting her. My scene with her took place outdoors on a pavement and I was once again playing a prostitute. (I had to assure my mother that this was definitely not type-casting!) I was all ready to go and stood watching her finish her previous scene until the time came for me to be taken over to my position next to her. She was in deep conversation with her co-star, so the first

director Philip Grout knew what he was doing. He cast both of us against type and she was great. I played Sister Mae and got wonderful reviews. I enjoyed it immensely and think it’s one of my best efforts. Eleven years later I played the mother, ‘Amanda,’ in another Tennessee Williams play, The Glass Menagerie – not a harridan but a challenging role nonetheless, and a joy to do. My big sadness is that I never got to play ‘Blanche’ in A Streetcar Named Desire. Never mind…. there’s still ‘Norma

the crosses until absolutely necessary. The moment came when it was off with the coat and up on the cross. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t very comfortable! We had a little perch to rest our bottoms on and our wrists were loosely tied above with pretend nails that fitted over our hands – I may be the only one who kept mine as a souvenir! We were about to start rehearsing the scene when Terry said: “Where’s John?! Will someone please get John up here!” John slowly made his way up the hill while we

there smiling at me. “Now, that’s what I call an entrance,” said one. I’d arrived! There were about twenty of us newcomers. We were shown into the auditorium where we were welcomed by the Principal, John Fernald, and introduced to our teachers and staff. After a tour of the building we went to the student cafeteria, where we had tea and a chance to get to know each other. I need not have worried, as most felt a little nervous and all were very friendly. Some had already had some professional

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