I watched the documentary earlier on (thanks to Freddy for the link) and am overjoyed that this almost forgotten actress was given such attention and recognition. I have the book No Bells on Sunday, extracts from her diaries, and am inspired to read a few pages later.
Obviously, it's terribly sad and depressing that Rachel ended her life (I was unaware until Sian Phillips' harrowing revelation about the exact cause of her death) but I couldn't help being mesmerised by all that incredibly rare footage: a 1950s TV adaptation of Our Mutual Friend, acting opposite a young David McCallum; some TV plays, including one with Kenneth Griffith; the film Alpha Beta (which has a thread here), opposite Albert Finney; and FASCINATING excerpts of a hitherto unknown interview with Michael Parkinson.
I wish her strong presence was still here to show up these present stars.
A nice picture of Rachel in happier times - 7th April 1961 to be exact:
Rachel Roberts attending a reception at the Dorchester Hotel after the British
Film Academy Awards at which she was named Actress of the Year.
(This was for Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
, again with Albert Finney)
She should have been a much bigger star, but most of her career was pretty distinguished:
Thanks also to threadstarter Julian for the initial post.