Candy Jar Books has announced the first title in its Doctor Who 60th anniversary celebrations: the autobiography of actress Jill Curzon, who Louise in Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.!
The 1966 movie starred Peter Cushing as Dr Who, alongside Roberta Tovey as Susan and Bernard Cribbins as Tom Campbell. Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. was an important part of Curzon’s career, a span which has included working with beloved names in the entertainment industry such as Roger Moore, Morecambe and Wise, Patrick McGoohan, and more; she’s starred in TV series, such as The Champions, The Saint, Adam Adamant Lives, and Not Only… But, Also, with comedy icons Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
And you can even get a signed edition from Candy Jar!
“Our generation of actors were the first to bring live theatre to the living rooms of tens of millions of people. What we did set the benchmark for all future television and movie productions.”
This is her story. From BBC Television Centre at its height, to Shepperton and Pinewood film studios, and taking in London and the Soho nightclubs and comedy bars of the early 1960s, this memoir captures the rich atmosphere and the vivid colour of the night-life that shaped the entertainment world both in front and behind the lens.
Follow Jill’s life as it takes unexpected twists and turns, through the fame of the 1960s and into the 1970s, where despite giving up acting, she continues to live life to the fullest.
Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar Books, says:
“The Dalek movies were part of all of our childhoods, whether you were there seeing them at the cinema in the 1960s, on Saturday mornings on BBC1 during summer holidays of the 1970s, or on VHS and Blu-Ray up to today. Jill was there front and centre. I am so pleased that Jill has decided to share her memories of the Daleks, and indeed her other appearances with comedy icons such as Terry Scott and Dick Emery, but I believe readers will be as fascinated as I was as they discover Jill’s story; her journey through emotional highs and lows, and how she resolved to set it all down in text once and for all. This is her definitive account of an amazing life.”
Drawing extensively from diaries kept throughout her life, Jill paints a sharply accurate portrait of a life where the world seems to present everything at her feet, from success to love, and then takes it all away as betrayal brings her to a point where nearly everything is lost.
“Fate being fickle leaves you to decide much of how your life progresses. At least it does so in a teasing way, for it gives you the impression that it is you who makes the decisions that guide your path through life.’
Here’s the blurb for Jill Curzon 2023 A.D.: My Eventful Life:
Jill Curzon writes her memoirs with absolute candour, detailing the highs and lows of her professional and private life. Within these pages are reflections on her life along with reminiscences on those who have mattered the most. These include fellow actors, directors, friends and family. The book highlights Jill’s absolute zest for life and a great love of humour both professionally and personally. Jill’s life hasn’t all been glitz, glamour and Daleks! Her stories of living through tough times and health worries will resonate with many, but what shines through is faith and positivity.
Jill Curzon 2023 A.D.: My Eventful Life offers an insight into a complex yet inspiring life, showing determination, optimism and above all else, how not to get exterminated!