Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler: Current news items

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“Do You Remember Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth?” by Pamela Davies and Jean Collen

Jean Collen (author)

‘Sweethearts of Song: A Personal Memoir of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth” by Jean Collen

Webster Booth page on Amazon 

This page includes my biography of Webster Booth from Soundunwound.

Webster Booth in his Knysna garden. Late sixties. Photo: Dudley Holmes.

CD featuring Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler

How Ivor Novello’s songs may become old friends to new listeners – Telegraph.

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Ivor Novello

A concert featuring the music of Ivor Novello will be held at this year’s series of Promenade Concerts. Perhaps the concert will revive interest in his music and the recordings of his music by Anne Ziegler and  Webster Booth.

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Collage featuring Anne and Webster.

Ivor Novello Vocal Gems.

Ivor Novello Memorial, Cardiff. Photographs and collage by Charles S. P. Jenkins. I am grateful to him for allowing me to use these photographs in this post.

Ivor Novello memorial, Cardiff.

Ivor Novello Memorial, Cardiff

Ivor Novello Memorial, Cardiff

Webster Booth & Anne Ziegler.

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ANNE ZIEGLER-Light Operatic Duettist With Husband Webster Booth. | eBay

This item was on auction on EBay. The note certainly demonstrates that at the height of their fame they were polite enough to respond to fans with a personally written note. I wonder how many of today’s stars do the same?

This very charming signed photograph of Anne Ziegler was on auction on EBay.

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ANNE ZIEGLER Hand-signed late 1930s 5.5” x 3.5” portrait | eBay.

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Luton Hoo reverts to Merrie England with Douglas Fairbanks Jnr – Nostalgia – Bedford Today.

Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler starred in this sumptuous production of Merrie England at Luton Hoo to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth the Second in 1953. They are pictured in this small photograph.

Luton Hoo, now a luxury hotel.

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BBC – Desert Island Discs – Castaway : Webster Booth.

Webster Booth appeared on “Desert Island Discs” in April 1953. You can see the records he chose on this link. Sadly there is no recording of the programme in the BBC archives.

D-Day remembered during airfield event | This is Cornwall.

This article mentions that Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth entertained there during the war. A photo of Anne and Webster in a still from the wartime movie, ‘Demobbed”.

Anne and Webster in a still from the film “Demobbed” (1944)

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The Moon And SixpenceThe Moon And Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Apparently Strickland was based on the artist Paul Gauguin, but if this was the case, there is a very loose connection between the two for this in not a novel a clef. The book held my interest while the narrator had personal contact with Strickland and his wife. Almost from the beginning of the novel, before Charles Strickland had appeared, I thought him a thoroughly reprehensible character.

Admittedly his wife was not an imaginative woman and used her established position in society to cultivate the society of writers and artists although she appeared to be devoid of any artistic talent herself. She obviously regarded her "dull" husband as nothing more than a meal-ticket and she had never encouraged his artistic inclinations. It is only after he leaves her to her own devices that she manages to pull herself together, fend for herself and look after her children without being dependent on a man any longer.

The portrait of a completely self-centred, inarticulate Strickland, who does not care about the opinion of others was well-drawn but after the narrator is no longer in personal contact with Strickland and the rest of the story of Strickland's life is related to him by a third person the story is less satisfactory. I have to admit that I did not finish the last fifty pages of the book. Although I like Maugham's work, this was not my favourite Maugham novel.

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