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PomPoms Up!: From Puberty to Pythons and Beyond Paperback – Illustrated, 9 Jun 2014
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"Fascinating insights into a fascinating woman." TERRY JONES "Good stuff! Carol's remembered much more than I have and it's a jolly nice read...it's really her voice." TERRY GILLIAM "This is a wonderful roller coaster ride through the world of television and films. Carol is a good storyteller with a great story to tell." MICHAEL PALIN 'Seventh Python' reveals all Monty Python's 'seventh member', Carol Cleveland, is to write her memoirs, entitled Pom Poms Up!, to coincide with the comedy troupe's sell-out comeback gigs this summer. Still glamorous at 72, Carol was the only permanently featured female performer with the line-up, appearing in 30 of the 45 Flying Circus television episodes and all four films. As well as her Python work, Cleveland appeared in more than 30 other films, 55 TV shows and 85 theatre roles, as well as a variety of BBC radio shows - all of which she promises to cover in her book. She was also directed by Charlie Chaplin in the 1967 film comedy The Countess From Hong Kong starring Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren. Carol says: 'As much as Python has been wonderful for me, in another respect it has been a bit of a ball and chain simply because I'm known for that.' Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2550729/RICHARD-KAY-Designer-does-bunk-Sir-Brucies-wifes-cash.html#ixzz2sLonBDzo Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook --Terry Jones
About the Author
Carol was born in London but grew up in America, first Texas and then California, returning to England in 1960 to study at RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). She now lives by the sea in Shoreham on England's south coast. She is best recognised as the featured female member of the Monty Python team, appearing in all the TV series, films and stage shows and is often referred to as 'the 7th Python'. She joined them on stage at the Hollywood Bowl and again at the N.Y. City Centre for Monty Python Live and in 1976 at the Royal Albert Hall, London for the George Harrison Tribute Concert. October, 2009 marked the 40th Anniversary of Python and she was back on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in Eric Idle's oratorio Not the Messiah (he's a very naughty boy!) She also made a substantial contribution to the book, Monty Python Live, about the touring days of Python. Carol also played lead roles in two additional BBC TV series, One-upmanship and The Lotus Eaters and in numerous cult TV classics such as, The Saint, The Avengers, The Persuaders, Man in a Suitcase, Randell and Hopkirk, Are You Being Served and Only Fools and Horses. In London's West End she played Rusty in Lenny (Criterion, Theatre) and outside London, lead roles in Front Page, The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Annie and over twenty national tours, including a production of Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench which also played in PA. USA in 2005. Later, she appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in Best Western, written and directed by Rich Hall. Besides featuring in all the Python films, other film appearances include Return of the Pink Panther, Vampira and Mr.Daddy, playing Miss Hannigan. She also had the honour of being directed by Charlie Chaplin in The Countess from Hong Kong. Most recently, she had a starring role in the feature film Search for Simon and a cameo in a US RomCom Sweeter Side of Life. She also played a hard, Hollywood agent in the new TV sitcom Toast of London. Carol has written and performed two of her own shows; PomPoms Up, a semi-autobiographical look at the glamour business, and War Baby, a dramatised reading of her WWII Baby's Diary.
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The Python anecdotes are, of course, very good and help to recall the magic they all had when they first burst upon an unsuspecting BBC. But there is so much more in this book about Carol and the life of a young and attractive female actor negotiating the precarious and exploitative entertainment industry.
I enjoyed the book a lot and cannot fault it for an easy and relaxing read when anything more demanding just seems heavy going.
I could have cobbled together a series of almost as interesting stories from being an "extra" for 5 years.
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