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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

I heart Katherine Whitehorn

Last night's "The Widow's Tale" on BBC 2 was as unvarnished as documentary gets. Six women - Anna Ford, Joan Rivers, Katherine Whitehorn, Alex Best, Lady (Tony) Banks and Jayne Zito - talked about the experience of losing their husbands to heart trouble, cancer, murder, drink or suicide. It was very good. I'm not sure it's relevant to point out that they all looked terrific, except Joan Rivers who has in her own words had so much plastic surgery her husband would no longer recognise her. And the one who looked most terrific was Katherine Whitehorn who's 80 next year. Katherine's the one who said "Outside every thin girl there's a fat man trying to get in."


  1. I've always loved Katharine Whitehorn, a broad from back in the day when women were allowed to be funny, smart and glamorous. These days, it only seems possible for women in the public eye to perm any one from three.

  2. Exactly how incredible looking is Anna Ford? She is old enough to be my mother...
    And my great-aunt Beryl shared a very agreeable 4 storey house by Kew Gardens (bought for £2000 in 1958, I believe) with KW's aunt Margaret (now 94 and resident in a nursing home in kew) until she died in 2003.