Tuesday 30 May 2017

Mary Kenny: How rise of older role models can give us all a fresh start

Joan Collins (81), who’s just started her own business, is unlikely to be spending much of her time planning her funeral. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni
Joan Collins (81), who’s just started her own business, is unlikely to be spending much of her time planning her funeral. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

You would need to be a very senior citizen indeed to recall the days when the most popular musical performer was Vera Lynn, singing 'We'll Meet Again' back in the 1940s.

But hey, Dame Vera is not only still with us: she is about to release a new album at the age of 97. It will be a mixture of her collected songs over the past 65 years and some re-mastered more recently.

Meanwhile, the latest sensation on London's West End stage is Angela Lansbury, who's 88. Dame Angela, who is an Irish citizen and sometime resident – the Irish Cabinet had to give 'incorporeal permission' for her damehood to be bestowed – has just had rave reviews for her role as Madame Arcati in a new production of Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit'. The play's director, incidentally, is Michael Blakemore, aged 85.

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