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 Post subject: Kate O'Mara
PostPosted: 30 Mar 2014, 15:24 
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The actress Kate O'Mara has died:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26809417

The EBD connection is that Kate O'Mara was the daughter of Hazel Bainbridge, also an actress. EBD was very fond of Hazel when Hazel was a little girl.

Kate O'Mara's sister is the actress Belinda Carroll. She was previously married to the actor Simon Williams - best known as Capt. James Bellamy.

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 Post subject: Re: Kate O'Mara
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I was just about to say the same thing. RIP Kate.

I believe Hazel was thought to be the inspiration for the Robin, and that Hazel and subsequently her daughters inherited from EBD's estate (although I may have misremembered the latter...?).


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 Post subject: Re: Kate O'Mara
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I think that's right, about Hazel being the inspiration for the Robin, but wasn't sure. I knew someone else would mention it, if it was the case! I know at least one of the books was dedicated to Hazel, but can't recall which.

I have a vague recollection that when audio versions of a few of the books were made some years ago (on tape!) it was Kate who narrated them.

Googling around, they're a very interesting family in their own right, a real theatrical dynasty. Hazel's father and maternal grandfather were both theatrical managers. I wonder if they also provided some inspiration for the Carews? The young Belinda Carroll looks rather like Jane as I imagine her.

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 Post subject: Re: Kate O'Mara
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JayB wrote:
I think that's right, about Hazel being the inspiration for the Robin, but wasn't sure. I knew someone else would mention it, if it was the case! I know at least one of the books was dedicated to Hazel, but can't recall which.
Gerry Goes to School certainly is:
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Dedicated to Hazel Mary Bainbridge with heaps of love from 'Len'
And according to Behind the Chalet School it was written especially for Hazel.


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 Post subject: Re: Kate O'Mara
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I thought people might like to see Kate O'Mara's obituary from today's Guardian as it has a bit of family background in there.


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 Post subject: Re: Kate O'Mara
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Thank you JB. Interesting to see the Six Degrees of Separation Theory working out again!


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I really want to write a Dynasty crossover now! I seem to remember that Alexis had been at a Swiss boarding school and either ran away or got expelled, and Blake's long-lost half-niece whose mother was played by Diahann Carroll was as well. Krystle was treated at a Swiss sanatorium at the end of the series, and I'm sure the prince played by Michael Praed must have been related to Elisaveta. Why can I remember soap storylines from nearly 30 years ago when I can never remember where I've put my keys?!

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 Post subject: Re: Kate O'Mara
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Hmm, wonder if I can tie this into my Doctor Who/CS crossover...

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Thanks for that, JB, very interesting, and very sad at the end.

It hadn't registered until I saw her d.o.b. in the obit that she was the same age as the triplets - born August 1939. I wonder what EBD thought of the 'expelled from school' part!

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