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on 15 September 2008
I've been reading show business biographies for decades, and this effort by Andy Merriman is one of the best I've come across. Jacques was a much-loved figure and the author goes to some lengths to explain why. He doesn't shy away from her frustration with the work she got, or her unconventional approach to life. Among revelations (to this reader, at least) is the assertion that all was not as rosy between Hattie and Eric Sykes as one might have imagined. Kudos to the writer and the publishers for not padding the book with out a hundred or so pages of filmographies, etc., a worrying trend, especially when forking out large amounts for hardbacks.
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on 6 June 2015
I'll be honest, I read this book over only a few days! It is quite interesting and informative about HJ. It's a bit tragic in parts as she always had an issue with her weight even though she was so much thought of and very talented. I thought her affair with JS would have been covered more but it just seemed to be briefly mentioned. Also I didn't find the other carry on actors or the films got much of a mention, which was a shame.
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on 14 April 2017
I already knew much about the life of Ms Jacques but this well researched biography threw a lot more light on it.
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on 11 March 2017
Well researched and readable.
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on 9 May 2015
A well written bio of a great comic actor.
I know if her from Sykes and the carry on films. She was much the mainstay of the both. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of the woman behind the actor.
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on 21 August 2016
She was one of the best of her generation
Such a good actress and very funny
A really good read
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on 16 May 2016
Loved this book.
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on 28 April 2016
husband liked it
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on 19 October 2016
Very good
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on 11 August 2017
excellent
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