Friday, June 26, 2015

Betty MacDonald and Patrick Macnee

Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

many Betty MacDonald fan club fans from all over the world are also Mr. Steed - and Emma Peel  fans.

We are really very sad.

Actor Patrick Macnee passed away at the age of 93. 
( see article below )

Patrick Macnee was a household name in the 60s thanks to his role in TV series The Avengers.

The actor had a string of assistants in The Avengers, including Diana Rigg as Emma Peel.

Thanks a million dearest Patrick Macnee.

Betty MacDonald Fan Club Royal Wedding Event in Stockholm will be available next month.

I had to laugh aloud while reading  Stine's very funny experiences with her daughters:

Sitting in the garden and reading Betty MacDonald's books is a great feeling. 
I'm just sitting here in the shadow. The birds are singing and I'm reading Betty MacDonald's Onions in the Stew. 
It's so very peaceful at the moment - but not in Betty MacDonald's book. Not at all!
As I have three daughters Betty MacDonald's descriptions of Anne and Joan make me laugh aloud. 
Stifling a strong unmotherly desire to pick up the refrigerator and hurl it after them......
Sometimes I have the same feelings. 

As mother of 5 daughters and a son I know very well what Betty MacDonald and Stine are talking about.
I'm very happy and grateful indeed that this is history now.
They all are married and have families of their own.

I'm a very happy Gammy. 

Do you like our new book cover of Betty MacDonald?

Vote for your favourite Betty MacDonald book cover, please.

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Our lucky winner will be the owner of a signed first edition of one of Betty MacDonald's books.

Reading Betty MacDonald's books and Wolfgang Hampel's Betty MacDonald biography is such a joy! 

I adore Wolfgang Hampel's very witty Betty MacDonald Interviews. 

I'm delighted that more interviews will be published.

The poems by Wolfgang Hampel are very funny. I hope we'll be able to read some new ones in future Betty MacDonald fan club newsletters. 

I'm a huge fan of Betty MacDonald and her brilliant sisters Mary Bard Jensen, Alison Bard Burnett and her son - Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Darsie Beck. 

I guess our one and only Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli has to save the world. 

I don't want to compare European Broadcasting Union with FIFA but to change this very crazy ESC voting system will be a very hard job even if you are a genius like our one and only Mr. Tigerli.

It's true they really robbed Italy, Portugal, Germany and Spain several ESC victories. 

What a shame!

Good luck dearest Mr. Tigerli and I know you have such a beautiful assistant like James Bond. 

Mr. Tigerli and James Bond are my favourite heroes.

They are heroes of our time.
Folks enjoy a great Saturday,
Julia & Mats

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Patrick Macnee, star of 60s TV favourite The Avengers, dies aged 93

Patrick Macnee, star of cult TV hit The Avengers, dies
Patrick Macnee was a household name in the 60s thanks to his role in TV series The Avengers (Picture: Rexscanpix)
Actor Patrick Macnee, best known for his role as John Steed in the 60s TV favourite The Avengers, has died aged 93.According to his official website Patrick passed away on Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, surrounded by family.
His son Rupert said that he died of natural causes.
The Riverside Country Coroner’s office in California also confirmed his death, news tweeted by BBC Arts correspondent David Sillito:
Despite initial suggestions that the story might be a hoax, fans quickly flocked to Twitter to pay tribute to the actor many described as ‘the quintessential English gentleman':
Patrick, who was born in Paddington, London in February 1922, made his film debut as an extra in 1948’s adaptation of Hamlet, and had supporting roles in a string of films throughout the 1950s.
However it was The Avengers – which ran for almost the whole of the 1960s – which made him a household name.
The first series of the show, which aired in 1961, saw Patrick’s character John Steed playing assistant to Dr David Keel, played by Ian Hendry.
However the bowler-hatted secret agent took centre stage from series two onwards, appearing alongside a succession of female sidekicks including Honor Blackman, Linda Thorson and Diana Rigg as arguably his most famous assistant Emma Peel.
The original series came to an end in 1969 but Patrick reprised the role in 1976-77 spin-off The New Avengers, which also starred Joanna Lumley and Gareth Hunt.

The Avengers Patrick Macnee Diana Rigg
The actor had a string of assistants in The Avengers, including Diana Rigg as Emma Peel
Patrick, who became a US citizen in 1959, continued to work steadily after The Avengers, showing up in the likes of 1981 horror hit The Howling, cult comedy This Is Spinal Tap and Bond movie A View To A Kill in which he played 007’s ally Sir Godfrey Tibbett.He also showed up in the 1998 film version of The Avengers, which starred Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman as John Steed and Emma Peel.
And of course you may well remember him from his appearance in Oasis’ video for Don’t Look Back In Anger:
Patrick was married three times and had two children, Rupert and Jenny, from his first marriage to Barbara Douglas.