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    I watched a couple of episodes of The Baron the other night & in the



    second one "The Persuaders" James Villiers was the villain. Playing his



    girlfriend was Georgina Ward, an actress I dont recall seeing before. I was



    quite taken aback, she was a lovely looking girl with a way about her I found



    delightful. The only info I could get from imdb was that she made a few TV &



    film appearances in the 60's & early 70's but she was described as being a



    "Veteran of Stage Theatre" in the UK. Does anyone know if she is still acting?

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    name='wadsy']I watched a couple of episodes of The Baron the other night & in the



    second one "The Persuaders" James Villiers was the villain. Playing his



    girlfriend was Georgina Ward, an actress I dont recall seeing before. I was



    quite taken aback, she was a lovely looking girl with a way about her I found



    delightful. The only info I could get from imdb was that she made a few TV &



    film appearances in the 60's & early 70's but she was described as being a



    "Veteran of Stage Theatre" in the UK. Does anyone know if she is still acting?


    I don't think it very likely. She is still alive and was living in Mexico City as of 2003.

    She moved to Mexico when she married her second husband, the old Etonian and horseman, Patrick Tritton. He died in 1998.



    She is mentioned in his obituary here:



    Ward Georgina



    She was the daughter of George Ward, 1st Viscount Ward of Witley, the Conservative politician and her first husband was Alastair Forbes, the book-reviewer, who died in 2005. His obituary is below:



    Alastair Forbes | Times Online Obituary



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    Thanks Euryale. It seems she's charmed some interesting men.

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    Looks like Georgina became a jewelry designer!



    This is her website:



    georgina ward v 1.0



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    name='wadsy']Thanks Euryale. It seems she's charmed some interesting men.


    Yes, both husbands were colourful characters! The novelist Anthony Powell is supposed to have based one of the characters in A Dance to the Music of Time on Tritton:



    Dicky Umfraville:



    Probably based upon the adventurer, Patrick Tritton. "Smart, seedy, dubious money, knocked about Happy Valley".

    [Desmond Seward, Personal Communication to JA]



    Tritton enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for fun, unreliability and attractiveness to women. He was also capable of unexpected kindness and patience. When a student at Cambridge he was apparently known to take his horse to lectures! In the sixties he married the fabulously rich and difficult Nancy Oakes, heiress daughter of Sir Harry Oakes, the Bahamian financier victim of the famous wartime murder in Nassau. She and Tritton lived in Mexico City in a palatial house with a swimming pool in the hall. Tritton kept a full pack of Irish hounds and hunted jackrabbit in the desert amidst Aztec ruins. [JA, Personal Recollection]



    Tritton later married Georgina Ward and reportedly sold groceries from a van around Mexican villages. He died in the early 'nineties.

    [Anthony Powell, Journals 1987-1989, p 181]



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    Thanks again. Fascinating stuff!

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    name='wadsy']Thanks again. Fascinating stuff!


    Yes, it's nice to know that she has had an interesting life and found a second career.



    It is sad that so many once familiar actors and actresses have slipped off the radar, but I suppose in some cases it is by their own choice.



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    I have to admit that I'd never heard of Georgina Ward until I chanced upon this thread a few weeks ago. Last night it turned up again at 'Who's Online?', where you can view the current activity of members and (much more so) mystery guests. This prompted me to check her filmography again. I'm delighted to say that within the last week I've purchased the Danger Man boxset which includes both her appearances. I haven't captured - or even watched - them yet, but the DVDs include Image Galleries for each episode and, as she's the only female in the credits of Such Men Are Dangerous, I guess this publicity photo must be of her (apologies for my ignorance).





    Broadcast 12th January 1965, when The Beatles were still at No. 1 with I Feel Fine. .

    Other guests included Jack MacGowran, John Cairney, Zia Mohyeddin, Lee Montague and Alan Wheatley.



    Tomorrow I'll see what I can do regarding screenshots from this episode and her other one, The Black Book, but in the meantime I'd like to mention another show from that era which Georgina 'guested' in, Weavers Green (1966). Anyone familiar with this totally forgotten programme? It must have been through my research into Sheila Fearn's career that I first became aware of it and I'm depressed about the un-likelihood of it ever resurfacing. I can tell you that the episode Georgina was in was broadcast 24th July 1966 (not the 23rd as it says on IMD, the day after England got through to the Semi-Finals of the World Cup.



    Also on ITV that day were the classic Fifties films Indiscreet, which preceded the show, and Vertigo (still can't believe colour productions were shown on black and white TV, particularly in the latter's case). Also, part two of the Batman story Not Yet, He Ain't and a repeat of The Human Jungle episode The Lost Hours. Furthermore, The Blackpool Show, hosted by Tony Hancock, had The Seekers and Dave Allen amongst it's guests. Entertainment at it's best, folks! In my dreams I want to be in a Sixties pop group and have it off with all the most beautiful and exciting actresses that decade brought ... but I wouldn't have minded staying in to watch that lot!



    My relable source for this information was a PDF copy of the TVTimes.



    Another series I'd like to know more about, in which Georgina played a recurring character for the only time in her (screen) career, is Pride and Prejudice (1967). I don't expect to see that one in this life either. Again, any memories?

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    name='cornershop15']



    Another series I'd like to know more about, in which Georgina played a recurring character for the only time in her (screen) career, is Pride and Prejudice (1967). I don't expect to see that one in this life either. Again, any memories?


    Yes, I can remember watching this series when broadcast in 1967, although I'd barely started school then. My memories are obviously patchy by now, but I remember Michael Gough and Vivian Pickles playing Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, and for me they are still the definitive actors to play those roles - at least on televison. I would say the same for the actors who played Elizabeth and Darcy - the lovely Celia Bannerman and Lewis Fiander. Celia is how I would have imagined Lizzie Bennet to look - I think Celia has the same kind of beauty as Miranda Richardson, and I would have loved Miranda to have played Lizzie in a production! I also think Patricia Routledge would have been a great Mrs. Bennet!



    I can remember Sylvia Coleridge as Lady de Bourgh and Lucy Fleming as Lydia, the youngest daughter - I mean how they looked - but I don't remember the rest of the cast, including Georgina Ward, I'm afraid.



    What I do remember is Lewis Fiander created quite a sensation as Darcy at the time - as Colin Firth did in 1995. I think what did it was the hair! I seem to recall that Lewis had a kind of bouffanted, almost permed look to his coiffure! Anyway, I do remember that he was interviewed on Junior Points of View, in costume, after hundreds of swooning girls had written in to the show!



    Happily, all four leads are still with us - Michael now 96, Vivian, Celia, and Lewis - I think he returned to his native Australia.



    And, just as happily, the full series still exists in the archives.



    Notwithstanding the 1967 production, I think my favourite over all is the film version with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. Yes, it misses chunks of the novel out, but is pretty faithful to the story, with a brilliant script, great sets and costumes, and delightful playing by all the cast. Mary Boland is just wonderful as Mrs. Bennet.





    Lewis and Celia in Pride and Prejudice



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    Michael Gough 96? Weird. I always thought he was a bit younger than Cushing. Wasn't his birth year always credited as 1916 or 1917?

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    name='Dr. Schreck']Michael Gough 96? Weird. I always thought he was a bit younger than Cushing. Wasn't his birth year always credited as 1916 or 1917?


    Yes, I think Michael Gough himself was unsure at one time of the year he was born, but lately it is given most places as November 1913, so I reckon it has gotten confirmed somehow. So actually he will be 96 in a few months time.



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    Many thanks to Euryale for that fantastic reply - easily the best response I've had when asking about television memories. The even better revelation that Pride and Prejudice '67 exists has really cheered me up (after being 'knocked out' all day because of hay fever) and I think this has a real chance of a DVD release. As The Portrait of a Lady, featuring mother and daughter actresses Rachel and Sharon Gurney, is now available, I don't see why Pride and Prejudice shouldn't be. Also, as a costume drama, it's less likely to look dated.



    I shall be back soon with a couple more pictures of our Georgina. Stay tuned.

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    First of all a profound apology. The publicity photo I posted earlier is NOT that of Georgina Ward but actually Dorinda Stevens, who had a much lesser part. This is from Wearysloth's site and shows Dorinda in Carry On Constable. Compare her to the picture above and you'll realise it's her.





    There IS a photo of Georgina in the aforementioned image gallery which I'll post at the more appropriate 'Sexiest Actresses' thread. I have now finished screencapping both of the episodes she was in and enclose a couple of images from her first, Such Men Are Dangerous.





    A nice smile here ...







    ... but dark-haired English actresses who look a bit serious, even miserable, are the ones I like best!



    I hope these captures make up for my ridiculous mistake in the earlier post. Next time I'll have a few more from Georgina's other Danger Man appearance.

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    name='cornershop15']First of all a profound apology. The publicity photo I posted earlier is NOT that of Georgina Ward but actually Dorinda Stevens, who had a much lesser part. This is from Wearysloth's site and shows Dorinda in Carry On Constable. Compare her to the picture above and you'll realise it's her.





    There IS a photo of Georgina in the aforementioned image gallery which I'll post at the more appropriate 'Sexiest Actresses' thread. I have now finished screencapping both of the episodes she was in and enclose a couple of images from her first, Such Men Are Dangerous.





    A nice smile here ...







    ... but dark-haired English actresses who look a bit serious, even miserable, are the ones I like best!



    I hope these captures make up for my ridiculous mistake in the earlier post. Next time I'll have a few more from Georgina's other Danger Man appearance.


    Delightful! Thanks Cornershop.

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    name='wadsy']Delightful! Thanks Cornershop.


    Thanks Wadsy. I'm still embarassed about the mistake in my first post though!.



    Georgina had the leading guest role in the episode The Black Book and came across as a good actress with the touch of presence required for (at least) an enduring TV career. As with Felicity Gibson - and others - I can't understand why it suddenly ground to a halt so prematurely. Another actress we should have seen more of but disappeared just as I was getting acquainted with television.



    Looks a little like Jacqueline Bisset here. Was it Bullitt where she had a hairstyle like this?



    Original ITV transmission: 30th September 1965, the same day Ken Dodd got to No. 1 with Tears



    And Mel Martin in Love For Lydia here? ...



    An underused Patricia Haines (), Mike Pratt and Griffith Jones were the other guest stars.



    Georgina's appearance in The Avengers will be in the Emma Peel boxset I recently ordered from Amazon (US), so I hope to return here soon with something from that. Further good news is that the TV series The Main Chance, in which she made a couple of appearances, is (gradually) being released on DVD and her episodes will hopefully surface later in the year.

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    I remember Georgina Ward. First saw her in 'Weavers Green' an early evening soap, in 1966 where she played the wife of a farmer ( think).



    I don't remember her in 'The Avengers' or Gideons Way' but have these on DVD so will have to have a look.



    In 1971 when I was at University in Birmingham I remember seeing a nude picture of her in 'The Sun'*with some bloke in a shower scene from some soft porn film.



    *It was lying on the table in the cafeteria, I DIDN'T buy it, and never have!.



    Anyway, thanks for some nice pictures of her. Nice to know that she's still around

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    name='Peter Greenhill']I remember Georgina Ward. First saw her in 'Weavers Green' an early evening soap, in 1966 where she played the wife of a farmer ( think).



    I don't remember her in 'The Avengers' or Gideons Way' but have these on DVD so will have to have a look.



    In 1971 when I was at University in Birmingham I remember seeing a nude picture of her in 'The Sun'*with some bloke in a shower scene from some soft porn film.



    *It was lying on the table in the cafeteria, I DIDN'T buy it, and never have!.



    Anyway, thanks for some nice pictures of her. Nice to know that she's still around


    Hi Peter. Thanks for those memories of Georgina. I'm sure that wasn't her doing soft porn!



    Funny you should mention Weaver's Green first as I found - and scanned - an article about the forgotten soap earlier today in an old TVTimes. Infact it was an introduction to the very first episode of the serial, which apparently centred on two vets. There are brief profiles on all the stars of the series. This is what it says about Georgina in the 2nd April 1966 edition:



    Celia Toms is played by Georgina Ward, 25-year-old daughter of Viscount Ward of Witley and granddaughter of Gertie Miller, the music hall star. She has had parts in Danger Man, The Avengers, Gideon's Way and The Plane Makers.

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    With regard to Georgina's part in 'The Main Chance' I'm pretty certain that she does a bedroom scene with the main man. I'll have to buy it and see!!

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    "The main man" in The Main Chance being John Stride. I look forward to that - thanks.



    The first series, from 1969, has just been released so we won't have to wait too long I hope.

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    From TVTimes, 7th May 1966:



    Apparently, Georgina joined fellow Weavers Green stars Sheila Fearn and Vanessa Forsyth and another trio from Coronation Street on a trip to Australia, where they visited an animal sanctuary in a place called Healesville. I hope to post the whole article in a new thread called 'Stars With Animals' when I come back in September.



    Now for a surprise find courtesy of a Google Image search. Further to another TVTimes article I mentioned a few days ago, I found a picture of Georgina's once famous grandmother Gertie Miller (see next post) but not, alas, of 'Dad' Viscount Ward of Witley. However, among the images under his name was this unusual portrait of our subject, an 'Acrylic Painting' by Stephen Warde Anderson, accompanied by an interesting caption below:



    Portrait of British actress of the '60s, daughter of cabinet minister Viscount Ward of Witley, granddaughter of the 2nd Earl of Dudley, cousin (once removed) of actress Rachel Ward and former husband of Alastair Forbes, late Uncle of Senator John Kerry.

    (Picture: fine-art.com; caption: Flickr.com)



    The hairstyle is identical to the one she has in the Danger Man captures earlier. Some extraordinary connections there, particularly Senator Kerry, who lost to George W. Bush in the Presidential campaign if you remember. I know Rachel Ward was in The Thorn Birds, with Richard Chamberlain, and the film Against All Odds but IMDB tells me she's also turned to directing in recent years.



    I'll try and find even more photos and articles on Georgina Ward during my long sojourn. Now for her 'Gran' Gertie Miller ...

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