Andrée Melly

Andrée Melly (born 15 September 1932) is an English actress.

Born in Liverpool, Lancashire, she appeared in many British films, including the comedy The Belles of St Trinian's (1954) and the Hammer Horror film The Brides of Dracula (1960).[1][2] In between, she played Tony Hancock's girlfriend in two series of Hancock's Half Hour (1955–56) radio series.[3] In 1958 she appeared with the Jamaican actor Lloyd Reckord in the Ted Willis play Hot Summer Night, a production which was later adapted for the Armchair Theatre series in 1959.[4] She continued to appear on British television until 1991.[2]

Her stage work includes the original West End production of the farce Boeing-Boeing at the Apollo Theatre in 1962.[5]

In the early years of the long-running BBC radio comedy Just a Minute she was a regular panellist.[6] Along with Sheila Hancock, she was one of the most regular female contestants, appearing in fifty-four episodes between 1967 and 1976.[7] In 1972, she chaired an episode.[8] She was the first panellist to win points for talking for the prescribed 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation.

She also appeared in several episodes of The Benny Hill Show.[7]

Her brother, George Melly, was a jazz singer.[3] She now lives in Ibiza with her husband Oscar Quitak.[1]

With the death of Bill Kerr in 2014, Andree is the last surviving regular cast member of Hancock's Half Hour.

Selected filmography

References

  1. Cotter, Robert Michael “Bobb” (10 January 2014). "The Women of Hammer Horror: A Biographical Dictionary and Filmography". McFarland via Google Books.
  2. "Andrée Melly". BFI.
  3. Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 81. ISBN 1-84854-195-3.
  4. Oliver Wake "Hot Summer Night (1959)", BFI screenonline
  5. "Andree Melly | Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
  6. "Just a Minute". 14 March 1972. p. 35 via BBC Genome.
  7. "Andrée Melly - National Portrait Gallery". www.npg.org.uk.
  8. "Just A Minute radio season 6 1971-1972". just-a-minute.info.


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