|Born||George Anthony Newley|
September 24, 1931
|Died||April 14, 1999|
|Years active||1947 - 1999|
|Spouse(s)||Ann Lynn (1956-1963)|
Joan Collins (1963-1970)
Dareth Rich (1971-1989)
Anthony George Newley (September 24, 1931 – April 14, 1999), was an English actor, singer and songwriter. Events 622 - Prophet Muhammad completes his hegira from Mecca to Medina. Year 1931 ( MCMXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Events 43 BC - Battle of Forum Gallorum: Mark Antony, besieging Julius Caesar 's assassin Decimus Junius Brutus in Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) Year 1947 ( MCMXLVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) Ann Lynn (born 1939 Elizabeth Ann Lynn is a British-born actress who was once married to Anthony Newley. Joan Henrietta Collins, OBE (born 23 May 1933) is a Golden Globe Award -winning English actress and bestselling Events 622 - Prophet Muhammad completes his hegira from Mecca to Medina. Year 1931 ( MCMXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 43 BC - Battle of Forum Gallorum: Mark Antony, besieging Julius Caesar 's assassin Decimus Junius Brutus in Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both
Born to a single mother in the London working-class neighbourhood of Hackney, Newley was evacuated during the bombing of London and was thereby exposed to the performing arts when he was tutored during this time by George Pescud, a former music hall entertainer. The London Borough of Hackney ( is a London borough in North-East London and forms part of Inner London. Music hall is a form of British theatrical Entertainment which was popular between 1850 and 1960 Though recognized as very bright by his teachers back in London, he was uninterested in school, and by the age of fourteen was working as an office boy when he read an ad for "boy actors. " After an audition, he was offered a job including free tuition at the prestigious Italia Conti Stage School. He accepted and his career was launched. His first major film role was as Dick Bultitude in Peter Ustinov's Vice Versa (1948) followed by the Artful Dodger in David Lean's 1948 rendition of Oliver Twist, the classic Charles Dickens tome. Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov (ˈjuːstɪnɒf or /ˈuːstɪnɒf/ 16 April 1921 – 28 March 2004) born Peter Alexander Baron von Ustinow Vice Versa is a 1948 British Comedy film written and directed by Peter Ustinov. The Artful Dodger is a character in the Charles Dickens Novel Oliver Twist. Sir David Lean KBE ( 25 March, 1908 &ndash 16 April, 1991) was an English Film director and producer Oliver Twist (1838 is Charles Dickens' second Novel. The book was originally published in Bentley's Miscellany as a serial He made a successful transition from child star to contract player in British movies of the 1950s (broken up by a short and disastrous stint in the military), to a top-of-the-pops crooner in the 1960s.
He wrote Sammy Davis Jr's biggest hit and revived Tony Bennett's career too. During this decade he also added his greatest accomplishments on the London and Broadway stage, in Hollywood films, and British and United States television. In the 1970s he remained active, particularly as a Las Vegas and Catskills resort performer, but his career had begun to founder. He had taken risks that eventually led to his downfall in Hollywood. Throughout the 1980s and 90s he worked valiantly to achieve a comeback but always one obstacle or another hindered him. Finally it was his health, when cancer began to plague him in the 1980s and returned to claim his life at the age of 67, soon after his becoming a grandfather.
Newley had a successful pop music career as a vocalist, with two number one hits in 1960: "Why?" and "Do You Mind?" As a songwriter, he won the 1963 Grammy Award for Song of the Year for "What Kind of Fool Am I", but he was also well-known for "Gonna Build a Mountain," "Once in a Lifetime," "On a Wonderful Day Like Today," and comic novelty songs such as "That Noise" and his version of "Strawberry Fair". A Hit record is a Sound recording, usually in the form of a single or Album, that sells a large number of copies or otherwise becomes broadly popular or Year 1960 ( MCMLX) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1963 ( MCMLXIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Song of the Year is one of the four most prestigious awards in the Grammy Awards ceremony, if not in all of the American music industry He wrote songs that others made hits including "Goldfinger" (the title song of the James Bond film, Goldfinger, music by John Barry), and "Feeling Good", which became a hit for Nina Simone and the rock band Muse. " Goldfinger " was the title song from the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger (film. James Bond 007 is a Fictional character created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve Novels and two Short story Goldfinger (1964 is the third James Bond film, as well as the third to star Sean Connery as MI6 agent James Bond. John Barry, OBE (born John Barry Prendergast on 3 November 1933 in York, England) is a renowned Golden Globe and five-time Academy " Feeling Good " (aka Feelin' Good) is a song written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the 1965 musical The Roar of the Greasepaint—the Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known by her Stage name Nina Simone ( IPA: ninɐ sʌmɞnɑ (February 21 1933 – April 21 2003 was a fifteen-time Muse are With Leslie Bricusse, he wrote the musical Stop the World - I Want to Get Off in which he also performed, earning a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Leslie Bricusse (born 29 January 1931) is a British lyricist and composer Stop the World - I Want to Get Off is a musical with a book music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. The Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical is awarded to the actor who was voted as the best actor in a musical play, whether a new production or a revival The play was made into a (poorly-received) film version in 1971 (see), but Newley was unable to star in it due to a schedule conflict. The other musicals for which he co-wrote music and lyrics with Bricusse included The Roar of the Greasepaint—the Smell of the Crowd (1965) and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), based on the children's book by Roald Dahl. The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd is a musical with a book music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 motion picture based on the 1964 Roald Dahl novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl ( 13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a British Novelist Short story Writer
Newley's many albums combine his talent as a vocal stylist with his abilities as a songwriter. The consensus of critics and fans rates "Pure Imagination", "Ain't It Funny", "Love Is a Now and Then Thing", and "In My Solitude" at the top of the list. Amongst the many compilations now available, the better ones are Anthony Newley: The Decca Years (1959-1964), Once in a Lifetime: The Anthony Newley Collection (1960-1971), and Anthony Newley's Greatest Hits (Deram). When he collaborated with Bricusse, they referred to themselves as the team of Brickman and Newburg, with Newburg concentrating mainly on the music and Brickman on the lyrics. Ian Frasier often did their arrangements and it has been suggested that his contributions were more extensive than has been acknowledged. For the songs from Hieronymous Merkin, Newley collaborated with Herbert Kretzmer.
In 1963 Newley even had a hit comedy album called Fool Britannia!, the result of improvisational satires of the British Profumo scandal of the time by a team of Newley, his then-wife Joan Collins, and Peter Sellers. The Profumo Affair was a political scandal from 1963 in the United Kingdom that is named after the then Secretary of State for War, John Profumo Joan Henrietta Collins, OBE (born 23 May 1933) is a Golden Globe Award -winning English actress and bestselling Richard Henry Sellers, CBE, commonly known as Peter Sellers ( 8 September 1925 &ndash 24 July 1980) was a British Newley's contributions to Christmas music are highlighted by his heartfelt rendition of "The Coventry Carol" which appears on many anthologies. He also wrote and sang a hilarious novelty Christmas song called "Santa Claus is Elvis". And there is a notorious album of spoken poetry which has Newley appearing in the nude on the sleeve with a similarly-attired young model.
In his later years as a mature singer Newley recorded songs from Fiddler on the Roof and Scrooge. He enjoyed his final popular success onstage when he starred in the latter musical which showed in London and toured UK cities including Liverpool, Birmingham, and Manchester, in the 1990s. At the time of his death he had been working on a musical of Shakespeare's Richard III.
Newley's vocal style has been recognised as a major influence on that of the early David Bowie. David Bowie (ˈboʊiː born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947 is an English Musician, actor producer, and arranger. Johnny Depp acknowledges Newley's vocal style as his model for "Sweeney Todd. John " His Cockney accent, which he did not attempt to disguise, was combined with the humorous touch evident even in his non-humorous recordings. In recognition of his creative skills and body of work, Newley was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989 (see). The Songwriters Hall of Fame is an arm of the National Academy of Popular Music.
The short-lived 1960 ATV series The Strange World of Gurney Slade in which Newley starred, continues to have a cult following owing to its postmodern premise that the Newley character is trapped inside a television programme. Year 1960 ( MCMLX) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Associated TeleVision Limited, best known simply as ATV, was a British ITV company from 1955 until 1981 A cult following is a group of fans devoted to a specific area of Pop culture. Apart from a repeat of one episode on Channel 4 in 1992, it has not been seen in the UK in recent years. Channel 4 is a public-service Television and Radio broadcaster in the United Kingdom centred around a television channel of the same name which began Year 1992 ( MCMXCII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar) The show's theme tune by Max Harris (composer) may be better-known today than the series itself. The piano figure prominent in the recording was lifted (unacknowledged) from Mose Allison's song "Parchman Farm". Mose John Allison Jr (born November 11 1927) is an American jazz pianist and Singer.
Newley's acting career can be divided into four distinct eras: his original stardom as a child actor thanks to 'Dusty Bates,' 'Vice Versa' and 'Oliver Twist'; his young adulthood career in the 50s mainly as a supporting comic or dramatic actor and contract player for Rank; his second stardom as musical comedy lead in theater and film (with some second banana roles such as Matthew Mugg), which led to several years headlining on the casino/resort circuit; his mature years in the 80s and 90s as he fought for a second comeback, accepting many roles in U. S. and U. K. television shows ('Fame') and in some forgettable films such as 'Garbage Pail Kids. '
Newley had memorable turns as Matthew Mugg in the original Doctor Dolittle and the repressed English businessman opposite Sandy Dennis in the original Sweet November. He also hosted Lucille Ball on a whirlwind tour of mod London in the Lucy TV special "Lucy in London. " And none who have seen it will soon forget his performance in the autobiographical, Fellini-esque and X-rated Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?, which he also directed and co-wrote with Herman Raucher. Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? is a 1969 musical film directed by and starring Anthony Newley. He scored another over-the-top performance in 'Quilp' (based on Dickens's 'The Old Curiosity Shop'), for which he composed some haunting melodies ('Love Has the Longest Memory of All').
Regarded by most as an extraordinarily professional actor and entertainer, Newley did possess an irreverent attitude and enjoyed playing jokes on the set. Often cast opposite Anne Aubrey in the 1950s, he would stuff a soft drink bottle into his front trouser pocket just before a scene in which she was expected to embrace him. Anne Aubrey (born 1 January 1937) is a British Actress. She was mainly active in films in the 1950s and 1960s He took the resultant slap with his characteristic cackling laugh.
His last feature role in the cast of the long-running British TV drama EastEnders was to have been a regular role, but Newley had to withdraw after a few months when his health began to fail. EastEnders is a most popular and award-winning Television Soap opera, first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC1 on 19 February 1985
He was married to Ann Lynn from 1956 to 1963, but the marriage ended in divorce. Ann Lynn (born 1939 Elizabeth Ann Lynn is a British-born actress who was once married to Anthony Newley. Year 1956 ( MCMLVI) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1963 ( MCMLXIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. A son was born to them but died in infancy from a congenital infirmity. He then was married to the actress Joan Collins from 1963 to 1971. Joan Henrietta Collins, OBE (born 23 May 1933) is a Golden Globe Award -winning English actress and bestselling The couple had two children, Tara Newley and Sasha Newley. Tara Newley (born October 12, 1963) is a singer and the daughter of actress Joan Collins and singer Anthony Newley. Tara became a broadcaster in England and Sacha is a renowned portrait artist based in New York and represented by four paintings in the National Portrait Gallery (United States) in Washington D. The National Portrait Gallery is an Art gallery in Washington D C. Newley's third wife was former air hostess Dareth Rich, and they also had two children, Shelby and Christopher.
Newley had been raised by his mother Grace and, from the age of eight onward, by his stepfather, whose name was Ronald Gardner. The latter wound up in Beverly Hills working as a chauffeur. Gardner soon ran off with a household employee of Newley's collaborator Leslie Bricusse, leaving Grace single again. Newley searched with the help of a detective and found his biological father George Kirby and effected a bittersweet reunion with the man who was a complete stranger to him, but who had secretly followed his son's career with fatherly pride all along. Newley bought his father a house in Beverly Hills, in the hopes that he would reunite with Grace--but it was not to be.
Newley died on 14 April, 1999, in Jensen Beach, Florida from renal cancer at the age of 67. Jensen Beach is a Census-designated place (CDP in Martin County, Florida, United States. "Kidney Cancer" redirects here For Wilms' Tumor/Nephroblastoma see Wilms' tumor. He was said to have expired in the arms of his companion, the designer Gina Fratini. He was survived by his four children, a granddaughter Miel, and his mother Grace, then in her mid-90s. Since then two more grandchildren have been born: Weston (Tara's second child) and Ava (Sasha's first, with his wife Angela Tassoni).
Newley's life is the subject of a biography by Garth Bardsley called Stop the World (London: Oberon, 2003). Although Newley alluded to some degree of bisexual activity in the kinky 60s in his epic autobiographical film 'Merkin', the allegation in the Bardsley biography that he had been "kept" by an older man while he struggled to restart his career in the 1950s was a shock to his fans. Several sources, including friends of Newley, attest to his being of Jewish ancestry, but the Bardsley biography makes no mention of this. He was, however, undisputedly left-handed. Newley was known for his dalliances, which included Diana Dors, Barbra Streisand, and chorus girls too numerous to mention. Diana Dors ( October 23, 1931 &ndash May 4, 1984) was an English actress and Sex symbol. Barbra Streisand (ˈstraɪsænd "STRY-sand" born April 24 1942 is an American Singer, Film and Theatre Actress Also, tinged with both bitterness and affection but relevant to the subject of Newley's life are Joan Collins's interesting autobiographies Past Imperfect and Second Act. And in 2007 the actress Anneke Wills published a memoir that details her involvement with Newley just before he took up with Collins, producing a daughter named Polly who perished in an automobile accident. Anneke Wills (born 20 October 1941 in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands) is a British actress noted for her role