Sunday, August 2, 2020

BOOK ALERT : RADIO HONEY .. TARA ARKLE .. BLACK PAWN PRESS .. AUGUST 1ST 2020 ..

Delighted to announce that the wonderful Tara Newley Arkle has published her first novel and it is available now. You can order your copy at the links provided under the book cover..





Is there an equation for love?
IE: LOVE = LIKE + TIME?
OR: LIKE = KIND + NICE BUM?

Cass, like most red-blooded females, would like to think she understands the formula, but finds that love is simply not adding up. Whilst her dad, a frustrated scientist, would have her believe that love is simply chemical attraction. At the all-female radio station where she works, Cass connects with other lost and lonely women, and makes it her mission to ride out the oestrogen-fuelled problems dragging down the station and find a solution to love and life by her own ground- breaking formula.



Tara Arkle is the daughter of Dame Joan Collins and Anthony Newley. She lived in Paris for two years to study at The American College in Paris, where her poetry and journalism first found local publication. She transferred to Boston University to study English, French and Russian literature and poetry with Helen Vendler at Harvard. First published in the Poetry Journal, she contributed to The Atlantic Revue while living and studying in Paris. She went on to study Literature at Boston University, and worked in London as a columnist and journalist, Radio DJ, and TV Presenter before starting her own contents company, NewleyDale LTd. with pilots made for Baby Cow, ITV and Channel 4.


Radio Honey is slated to release on August 1, 2020. It will be available as a paperback on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other booksellers worldwide. An electronic version will release in September.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

PHOTO FLASHBACK : CINZANO ADVERTS .. SIR ALAN PARKER .. 1944 - 2020 ..



As the death of Sir Alan Parker was announced, here is a couple of shots of Joan with Leonard Rossiter in the classic Cinzano ads directed by Alan..


Cinzano "Leonard & Joan" by CDP (1978-1983)

You could easily fill a book about the huge number of classic commercials that emanated from British ad agency CDP during the 1970s and 1980s. (And indeed someone already has. John Salmon and John Ritchie's wonderful 'Inside Collett Dickenson Pearce' is no longer in print, but you can - and should - still track down a second hand copy). Numerous campaigns deserve another airing, but none were more beloved by the British public than the exceptional series of ten spots created between 1978 and 1983 for the Italian vermouth Cinzano. Here are four of the best, including the first spot. That's by no means a classic in its own right, but it sets up the joke that would be repeated with increasingly clever variations throughout the rest of the series.

According to Geoff Howard-Spink, then CDP's director of account planning, "The man who ran the business was related to the Cinzano family and he saw the advertising we were doing for other people and decided he wanted us to do it for him as well." Legendary art director Ron Collins took on the brief. "His idea," Howard-Spink recalled, "was basically to take the piss out of [Cinzano's main rival] Martini and the whole 'Martini lifestyle' campaign that had been created by McCann Erickson, based on trendy jet-setters on the Riviera in hot air balloons."

With Rossiter on-board, the direction of the campaign changed to accommodate his familiar comic persona of a self-satisfied and slightly seedy buffoon. According to Alan Parker, who was signed up to do the first ad, it was Rossiter himself who suggested what became the series' long-running gag, a variant of the old music hall routine about the guy who spills a cup of tea on himself when he looks at his watch. Instead, it was Joan Collins who became the butt of the gag, not just once but, as it turned out, over and over again over the course of the series. Indeed, the first ad went so well on-set that Collins was quickly signed up the very same afternoon to do another two.


The commercials proved so popular with audiences that the initial three ads were gradually extended into a series of ten separate films over the next five years. As the series evolved, so too did the central running gag, so that audiences were left guessing each time about how and when and over whom the drink would be spilled. The two best were arguably the pair directed by Hugh Hudson in 1979, 'Airliner' and 'Ski Lodge', which deployed two clever variations on the traditional drink-spill.

It wasn't perhaps the happiest of partnerships. Rossiter, a notorious micro-manager of his own performances, was self-centred and demanding on-set, and referred to Joan Collins dismissively as "the prop". She, always professional, grinned and bore it. However, the edgy chemistry between them added to the joke.

The series eventually ended in 1983 after a change of management at Cinzano, which decided it needed a more international approach to its advertising. Yet those ads still live on, as original and as funny today as they were when they first aired

Friday, July 31, 2020

EVENT UPDATE : TONY HADLEY & FRIENDS VIRTUAL FUNDRAISER .. AUGUST 1ST TO 16TH 2020 ..


Tony Hadley & Friends Virtual Fundraiser

Date: Saturday 1st August 2020 - Sunday 16th August 2020

Where: Online,

Tony Hadley will be the host of a special virtual fundraiser this August in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. As a Vice-President of the charity, Tony will perform duets with special guests Michael Ball, a Patron of the charity, Shane Richie and Kaiser Chiefs’ frontman Ricky Wilson.

Simply make a donation of £5 on the online auction site, which will be live from 1st August, and you will be sent a link to watch the pre-recorded exclusive fundraiser.

The fundraiser will be presented by comedian Joel Dommett with special guest contributions from Shooting Star Children’s Hospices Royal Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex, Vice-Presidents Dame Joan Collins and Simon Cowell, and Patrons Philip Glenister and Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen.

TONY HADLEY & FRIENDS ONLINE AUCTION LIVE!


You will also have the chance to bid on some exclusive items in an online auction, including a one-off Dynasty jigsaw puzzle donated by Dame Joan Collins plus a Philip Treacy hat worn by Joan and a lace top worn on Dynasty.

Click the following Link from Saturday 1st August to donate and bid via the online auction site.
SHOOTING STAR TONY HADLEY FUNDRAISER - CLICK FOR MORE INFO!!

Please note: Only donations made via the online auction site (accessible via a button on this page from 1st August) will receive the link to the exclusive Tony Hadley fundraiser (donations made via this website will not include the link). Thank you.


An update from our Chief Executive, Nigel Harding


This is by far one of the most challenging and unprecedented times that many of us have had to face and I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well at this difficult time.

At Shooting Star Children’s Hospices our main priority is to do all we can to maintain services where possible and ensure the safety of the children and families we care for, as well as our staff, volunteers and supporters. We are continuing to closely monitor developments in relation to COVID-19 and we’re following guidance from Public Health England, the UK Government and the World Health Organisation.

Please find information below outlining how the current situation is affecting Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

Our hospices

The babies, children and young people we support have compromised immune systems, which places them in a high-risk category so we’ve had to make tough, but necessary, decisions to ensure they, and their families, are safe. The measures we currently have in place are:

  • We are continuing to provide end-of-life care and emergency or urgent respite (including symptom stays and step-down care). Planned respite at the hospices or in the family home is currently not available.
  • We are currently delivering all our clinical services from our Guildford hospice, Christopher’s. Whilst families continue to shield, our Hampton hospice, Shooting Star House, will remain closed from a care perspective, but we’re looking at how we can use it flexibly over the next 12 months.
  • We have launched a virtual hospice, including virtual groups, a closed Facebook page and an online resource ‘hub’, to continue to reach as many families as possible who are self-isolating at home.
  • Groups, events and Daycare have stopped, and professional courses and study days have been postponed.
  • Only supported families and care staff are permitted at the hospice.
  • Our care team are equipped with PPE and we have posters up reminding everyone to regularly wash their hands.
  • We’re being extra vigilant in terms of housekeeping to ensure high contact areas such as door handles, light switches and toilets are being thoroughly cleaned.

Fundraising and our shops

On Thursday 8th April, we were given the welcome news that the UK Government are stepping up to help charities. We are thankful that at a time when our vital services are most needed, services that play an important role in supporting the NHS, we will receive some funding from the Government. However, this funding will only help us in the short-term. We are, sadly, still very reliant on our incredible community of supporters to help us through the next few months to ensure we’ll be here long into the future. If you’d like to donate, please visit our coronavirus appeal page.

Our Sunrise Walk series

Due to the restrictions from the UK Government to minimise social contact and mass gatherings, we have had to come to the very difficult decision to cancel both our Sunrise Walk events in Richmond (Sunday 31st May) and Guildford (Sunday 28th June).

This has been a truly difficult decision for us to make and we realise how disappointing this will be for many of you. We know many of you will still want to support us, so we’ve launched a Virtual Sunrise Walk.

We are continuing to monitor the situation in relation to our Snowdon Sunrise Walk and we will keep you informed about this.

Our shops

We’re delighted that as of Tuesday 23rd June, our Cobham and Weybridge shops will re-open – please check here for the opening days and times. Please keep an eye on this page, and our social media pages, for more information as to when the rest of our shops will re-open. We are still unable to accept donations at any of our shops, including those that are open. We kindly ask that you do not leave donations outside any of our shops. Please do keep hold of them and we will be delighted to accept them when the current situation eases.

Our team

Following the government’s social distancing guidance and the impact this has had on our shops and fundraising, as well as the requirement to ‘work from home where possible’, we have had to make the very difficult decision to furlough some of our team under the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

To ensure we have a team in place to safely continue to provide end-of-life care and urgent or emergency respite, all of our in-house nurses are now working out of our Guildford hospice, as well as many of our Health Care Assistants. Some of our nurses and carers have also been seconded to St Peter’s Hospital to support the work of the NHS.

If you need to contact a member of the team who has been furloughed, you will receive an out of office with the contact name and number of alternative member of staff who will be able to help with your enquiry at this time.

 

During this difficult and ever-changing situation, we would urge people living across London and Surrey to support us where they can, as we really do need you now more than ever.

You can do this by donating to our coronavirus appeal or perhaps you could set up a Facebook fundraiser? Those who were planning on taking part in an event for us that’s been cancelled or postponed can also still support our vital cause by taking on our virtual challenge.

Please do continue to check this page as we will update it as and when things change.

Thank you for your continued support,

Nigel

Thursday, July 23, 2020

PRESS UPDATE : LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE .. AUGUST 2020 ..





Whether you think of Joan Collins as aquatic cat-fighter Alexis Carrington on Dynasty or as the first film femme fatal to be murdered by a psychotic Santa in the 1972 horror classic Tales from the Crypt, the Hollywood icon reveals in a new interview with Andrew Goldman for The Originals podcast that her life off-screen was more harrowing than anything on TV.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

CHARITY UPDATE : THEATRE SUPER AUCTION .. JULY 21ST TO JULY 26TH 2020 ..

Joan as Helene Junot in 'Sins' wearing a necklace and earings by Valentino

BID HERE ON Joan's Valentino worn necklace from 'SINS'

The Theatre Super auction will raise funds to save our forgotten but vital local theatres and support the freelancers who make theatre happen. Money raised will be split between Theatres Trust, Theatre Artists Fund, and Acting for Others.
Launched on the Chris Evans Virgin Radio Breakfast Show the initiative has been put together by the committee that ran the Scrubs Glorious Scrubs auction to raise money for the NHS and would now like to help the performing arts.
There really are some amazing prizes, that ordinarily money just can’t buy. We are incredibly grateful to all of the celebrities, theatre producers and companies who have so generously donated prizes.
Prizes include:
              Necklace & Earrings by Valentino, donated by Dame Joan Collins and worn in her 1985 mini series 'Sins'.. Joan also donated a signed copy of her 2011 bestseller 'The World According To Joan' ..
  • Lord Lloyd Webber has donated two VIP tickets to see Phantom of the Opera on Broadway; the prize also includes two BA Business Class flights and a three-night stay in New York hotel.
  • Dame Judi Dench has donated a painting.
  • Martin McDonagh has offered his own hand-annotated shooting script of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri his BAFTA award-winning film.
  • Miriam Margolyes has offered tea at home as well as some incredible Harry Potter memorabilia.
  • Jamie Wilson has donated a VIP Package to Sister Act - two tickets to the press night performance and after-show party, meet and greet with Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Saunders, and an overnight stay in a hotel.
  • Jo Brand, comedian, presenter, and Theatres Trust Ambassador has donated Afternoon Tea for two with her at the Mayfair Hotel.
  • Actor and Theatres Trust Ambassador Pippa Bennett Warner has invited you to join her on the set of Gangs of London and meet with the cast as they film series two of the hit drama next February.
  • Be the guest of Radio 4’s Front Row and Theatres Trust Ambassador Samira Ahmed at a press night and after-show party and discuss the show in the interval
Do take a look and get bidding!
The auction runs until 10pm on Sunday 26 July 2020.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

EVENT ALERT : NOLAN MILLER COLLECTION .. JULIEN'S AUCTION.. BEVERLY HILLS .. JULY 18TH 2020 ..

Framed signed sketch from Joan to Nolan

For fans of Dynasty and the classic costumes of Legendary tv & film designer Nolan Miller, do not forget to check out the fabulous upcoming auction of a selection of his one of a kind sketches for his glamorous gowns for Hollywood's legendary ladies including Joan. The auction will be held online and at the Beverly Hills showroom of top entertainment memorabilia auction house, Julien's on July 18th as part of their 'Hollywood Legends & Explorer's auction
. You can check out the catalogue at the following link!

JULIEN'S AUCTIONS NOLAN MILLER COLLECTION JULY 18TH 2020

Thursday, July 2, 2020

TV NEWSFLASH!! GLOW AND DARKNESS .. COMING SOON!


Exciting news that Joan will join the cast of the international series 'Glow and Darkness' which also stars Jane Seymour, Denise Richards and Bruce Davidson...

Press Release July 1st 2020...

Glow & Darkness will narrate the time and life of some of the characters gravitating around the figure of Francisco de Asís, a time when ambition, cruelty, the clash of religion and the clash of Christian and Saracen cultures, make it a spectacular period in history, we find characters such as the Lionheart ( Bruce Davidson ) and Eleanor of Aquitaine ( Jane Seymour ).

The filming has an exceptional casting and a top-level technical team, in the cast we have a highly prestigious international cast such as Jane Seymour, Dennise Richards & Bruce Davison, in addition to great Spanish figures such as Fernando Gil, who presented a new film this Last Friday the 26th, with which he has already won his first international award as best actor for the film La strip de Álex .

The recording of the series passed through Morocco but due to the Pandemic it stopped last March and it is now in July when filming resumes in Spain.

This time Jose Luis Moreno announced his latest signing for the cast, the legendary Joan Collins. The actress is internationally known for her character as Alexis Carrington Colby in Dynasty , which has been one of the highest rated Prime Time shows in the history of television dramas. She played this character for nine years, earning her a Golden Globe and a People "s Choice Award in addition to numerous nominations in different categories.




Wednesday, July 1, 2020

EVENT ALERT : PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF NOLAN MILLER AUCTION .. JULIEN'S AUCTIONS BEVERLY HILLS .. JULY 18TH 2020 ..


Fan's of legendary costume designer Nolan Miller will be thrilled to hear that many of his classic design sketches for some of Hollywood's Legendary ladies including Joan along with Bette Davis, Ann Miller, Barbara Stanwyck, Susan Hayward, Ginger Rodgers, Cyd Charisse, Ann Margret, Diahann Carroll, Sophia Loren, Carol Channing, Lucille Ball, Eva Gabor & Joan Crawford and many others, will go up for auction on July 18th online and at Julien's Auctions exclusive Beverly Hills location.
You can view the catalogue here! Click Link Below!!

JULIEN'S AUCTIONS PRESENTS PROPERTY FROM ESTATE OF NOLAN MILLER

Nolan Miller catalogue with foreward by Joan..

People Magazine Article July 2020 --

Sketches of dresses worn by Dame Joan Collins, Elizabeth Taylor, and Farrah Fawcett are to go under the hammer at an upcoming Julien’s Auctions sale.

The Property from the Estate of Nolan Miller auction takes place on 18 July in Beverly Hills, with collectors also able to participate online.

The event features a collection of 127 lots, including more than 100 costume sketches. Highlights include a series of watercolor on board costume sketches for the series Dynasty, including a Collins costume sketch inscribed from the actress to Miller; several sketches of Taylor, including a sketch of the gown she wore as a presenter at the 1987 Academy Awards and a sketch of the gown she wore to the 1985 Golden Globe Awards inscribed from Taylor to Miller; and a Charlie’s Angels costume sketch and photograph inscribed from Fawcett to Miller.

Bette Davis and Ginger Rogers sketches also feature, as well as photographs, letters, notes, correspondence, and awards.

Commenting on the respected designer, who passed away in 2012, Collins stated: “All of these stars loved him, as I did.”

The brochure notes explain the late Miller, whose designs epitomised Hollywood glamour, not only designed garments for the original leading ladies of cinema but he also developed close friendships with Rogers, Davis, Collins, Taylor, Lana Turner, Lucille Ball, Sophia Loren, and Joan Crawford, among many others.

He brought the “fashion fantasy previously reserved for film to television and established a working relationship and friendship with Aaron Spelling”.

“He would create his most iconic and memorable looks for the television series Dynasty, which ran from 1981 to 1989. Joan Collins’ wardrobe from the series still inspires admirers to elevate their style goals,” the notes add....

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

TV FLASHBACK : THE CLIVE JAMES SHOW .. ITV .. 1997 ..


Clive James: Australian broadcaster and author dies aged 80 - BBC NewsAs it was announced earlier today. that the joyous entertainer Margarita Pracatan has died, I decided to feature this shot of Margarita with her old friend Clive James, who introduced her to UK audiences by way of his ITV show, 'The Clive James Show'.. Joan was a guest on the show and this rare shot was taken on the night...

Monday, June 22, 2020

CHARITY UPDATE : SIR PETER BLAKE 'OUR FANS' MURAL AUCTION.. JUNE 12TH T E 26TH 2020 ..



Bid On Dame Joan's Mural Square Here!!

SIR PETER BLAKE "Our fans" (2017) 100 separate faces cut out as fragments from an original collage that was printed on a vinyl fabric mural sized 61.66m x 27.77m in colour. Each face/fragment is approximately 1.2m x 2m (4' x 6.5'). Please be advised that the final shape and size may vary. Each figure was cut-out from the poster based on the cutting guide designed by the artist. "Our fans" is Peter Blake’s largest-ever artwork and was commissioned by LONDON Advertising to cover the façade of Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, in Knightsbridge, London during its recent renovations. The mural coincided with the 50th anniversary of the launch of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band album, whose iconic front cover was designed by the artist in 1967. To create "Our fans", 100 renowned ‘Fans’ of the hotel provided a photograph of themselves to be included in the vinyl fabric collage – no-one invited refused, including the two surviving Beatles, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. Videos of design, installation and Sir Peter talking about his design can be viewed here. The completed poster was the size of 38 London buses and was on site from January to May 2017. The proceeds from the auction will be donated equally between WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and The Felix Project which is feeding London’s most vulnerable during the crisis...

BID ON DAME JOAN'S MURAL SQUARE HERE!!

Sunday, June 14, 2020

DVD ALERT : THE GOOD DIE YOUNG BLU-RAY / DVD .. BFI .. JULY 20TH 2020 ..



Delighted to report that the 1954 thriller 'The Good Die Young' in which Joan starred alongside Richard Basehart, Stanley Baker and Laurence Harvey will get a blu-ray / dvd release on July 20th from the BFI. What is exciting about this release, is the fact there will be two versions of the film on the disc.. The original theatrical version and a never seen export version, not sure what is extra in this version or whether new scenes will feature Joan, but it will be very interesting to see!
You can pre-order your copy here!!

PRE -ORDER THE GOOD DIE YOUNG BLU-RAY /DVD HERE!!

Adapted from the novel by Richard Macaulay and directed by Lewis Gilbert (The Spy Who Loved Me, Alfie) comes this crime thriller starring Stanley Baker, Joan Collins, Gloria Grahame and Laurence Harvey, about an armed robbery

The Good Die Young opens with four men sitting in a car as they prepare to commit a serious crime. Each man’s reason for being involved is then explored…
Mike (Stanley Baker), an injured and ageing boxer unable to find work, Joe (Richard Basehart) is an out-of-work clerk who needs to get to the United States with his young wife (Joan Collins) to escape her unstable mother (Freda Jackson), Eddie (John Ireland) is an AWOL American airman with an unfaithful wife (Gloria Grahame), and Miles 'Rave' Ravenscourt (Laurence Harvey), a 'gentleman' scoundrel with gambling debts and the man who lures the other three.

From director Lewis Gilbert (The Spy Who Loved Me, Alfie) comes this 1954 crime thriller that promises “Deadly weapons, burning lips, and hot lead!”
Joan with Richard Basehart..
  • Newly remastered in 2K by the BFI and presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Includes the original theatrical version and the never-before-released export cut
  • ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film and full film credits
  • Other extras TBC

Friday, June 5, 2020

PRESS UPDATE : JEWISH CHRONICLE .. JUNE 5TH 2020 ..


‘Beauty is recession-proof — people always want to look their best’

From Dame Joan Collins to the Spice Girls, they've all worked with Alex Silver, who built her PR business around ethical beauty brands....

June 5, 2020 


There will be many people who are jealous of Alex Silver after reading this. Not because she runs her own successful company, not even because she acts as Dame Joan Collins’s personal PR manager in the UK and has done so for ten years. No, the envy will arise because when it came to organising her daughter Scarlett’s batmitzvah two years ago, she did it in just three hours.
“I’ve been putting on events for so long in my career,” says Silver, 54, “that when it came to organising Scarlett’s batmitzvah at Brondesbury Park synagogue, I knew exactly where to go for everything, decorations, food, music, flowers and, yes, I literally did it in three hours!”
Warm and engaging, with a gentle but firm air of persuasion, Silver is a natural for the world of PR. With Dame Joan she is constantly receiving requests. “Everybody wants Joan and I’ve learned the art of politely saying ‘no’,” she laughs. Since lockdown, there have been even more requests: “I’ve definitely been busy during the pandemic with Joan. She’s done lots of things for charity, which I’ve helped with, a video for the NHS, and OK Magazine asked for people to donate for a charity auction. She gave a pair of Roberto Cavalli shoes.
“Most recently, the Royal British Legion asked if she would start the toast for the celebrations on VE Day, which she did from the balcony of her flat in London. Let’s just say that it was very interesting trying to get the paparazzi to maintain social distancing!”
The photograph of Dame Joan looking glorious was in every newspaper the next day.
Silver met Dame Joan through friendship with her daughter Tara Newley: “Tara asked me to look after Joan and about ten years ago, I said ‘yes’. She is wonderful to work with, totally professional and always open to new ideas.”
Representing one of the country’s icons is without doubt a plum role but surprisingly PR wasn’t her first choice of career.
She is from Newcastle where her parents, now both deceased, were family lawyer Therese and GP Emanuel (Manny). She and her brother Rupert grew up in a traditional Jewish environment. She went to the Jewish Day School and the family were members of the United Hebrew Congregation.
“It was such a lovely, warm community,” she recalls. “There were three shuls and two kosher butchers. Now I believe the last remaining shul is struggling. It’s so sad.”
It was a year-long stay in Israel when she was nine that set her on her initial career of nursing: “We had a fabulous year in Israel; my dad was considering us making aliyah, but we came back to the UK.
“During that time, though, he sometimes used to take me on his ward rounds in the hospital and there was just something about that I really liked.”
She trained at Westminster Hospital in London and on qualifying specialised in A&E. It was during this time that she had her first taste of PR. Ethicon, a medical subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, asked if she would join a campaign to increase awareness of endoscopic surgery. She took the job and her new career in PR had begun.
“The problem was it was all very corporate, meeting after meeting, and I wanted something more hands on, a more boutique style of working. So I decided to set up on my own. I asked my dad for a loan of £3,000 to start up. He said: ‘You’ve been in PR for five minutes and already you want to run your own business, no!’ Actually, though, it was the best thing he could have done because it really made me focused.”
“I picked up accounts quickly,” she says. “I worked with the British HIV association, another medical company called IVY Medical, promoting diagnostic kits and various gynaecological projects. I then began to get approached by health companies, like menopause supplements, period pain magnets, stress gadgets and so on. It wasn’t long before beauty and cosmetic business came my way, too.”
She was one of the first to recognise the power of the celebrity endorsement: “I saw that, for example, when one of the Spice Girls said they used a product suddenly sales went up.”
Although she then started working with celebrities like Nicole Scherzinger, Leona Lewis and Lisa Snowdon in various campaigns, she wanted mainly to work on products that had some sort of medical origin.
“I was able to use my strong medical contacts to lend credibility to the projects I was working on. I launched Botox in the UK, 18 years ago, with the backing of a French professor.
“Working with Fake Bake, sunless tanning, I engaged the help of skin cancer consultant and plastic surgeon Paul Banwell to communicate the dangers of sunbathing.”
All was going swimmingly. She had West End offices and a staff of 20 when she became pregnant with her daughter. “Either the business or the baby had to go,” she jokes. “So I kept the baby!”
When Scarlett was 20 months old, Alex took time off to travel the world with her: “We went all over and it was priceless in bonding with Scarlett.” While in Barbados, her parents came out to visit: “It was Passover and my mum said, ‘Haven’t you got any matzah?’ So I phoned the Sandy Lane hotel. I thought, ‘Well, you know, Michael Winner goes there.’ Not only did they have matzah but the rabbi invited us to the Seder!”
When she came back to the UK after nine months, she set up her business again, this time working from her kitchen table and doing night and weekend shifts as a nurse to pay the bills. Today Silver has an office in Soho and a team of eight. Her clients, along with Dame Joan, include beauty brand Claudalie, which she helped launch, and nail guru Leighton Denny, who cites Silver as a reason for his success.
Since her daughter’s batmitzvah she’s been asked to organise other parties. “I was just about to start doing that when the coronavirus struck. But it’s definitely something I want to branch into as soon as this is over.”
Does she worry that the beauty business will suffer because of the pandemic? “I’ve gone through two recessions in 25 years. People always want to look their best. Beauty is recession proof!”

Thursday, June 4, 2020

PRESS UPDATE : ATTITUDE 2019 DIGITAL YEARBOOK .. JUNE 4TH 2020 ..



              ATTITUDE YEARBOOK 2019 .. BUY YOUR DIGITAL COPY HERE!!

THE FIRST-EVER ATTITUDE YEARBOOK DELIVERS 27 COVER STARS IN A 328-PAGE SPECIAL EDITION

The Attitude Yearbook 2019 is a bumper digital-only special edition available to download now.

Featuring all 27 cover stories of the magazine’s 25th anniversary year, the Attitude Yearbook 2019 is a beautifully-illustrated, 328-page, digital-only special edition available to download now.
From our high priestess Donatella Versace and Rocketman’s Taron Egerton, to award winners Sam Smith and Christine and the Queens, plus Brian J Smith and his beautiful coming out story, this remarkable one-shot shares all of the cover stars and all of the cover stories together in one place, for the very first time.
Laugh with Bianca del Rio, meet the BBC’s first-ever LGBTQ correspondent Ben Hunte, delight in time spent with the icon that is Dame Joan Collins and dance like nobody’s watching with the supreme Sam Salter.
But save yourself for the most intimate of chats between besties Gus Kenworthy and Laith Ashley, as well as the sheer force of nature that is Yungblud.


Also features Cheyenne Jackson, DSquared2’s Dean and Dan Caten, Matthew Camp, Colton Haynes, Jake Bass, Yvie Oddly, Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland, Ross Mathews, Mika, Dr Ranj, Ava Max, Bang Bang Romeo’s Stars and more.