As my latest book, Storm Clouds Gathering is set in 1965 I thought it would be great fun to take a peek at that amazing era. This week ,Actress, Writer, Journalist and Radio Presenter, Madalyn Morgan joins The Hippie Shake and shares some of the memories and pics that represent that wonderful era, the 1960’s.
As a teenager in the 1960s, writer Madalyn Morgan was more Rock ‘N’ Roll than Hippy Hippy Shake. I was a pub kid. Brought up on Coca Cola, Smiths Crisps, the jukebox top 40 (6d for 1 play, or 3 for a shilling) and holidays in
For me the 1960s took off, literally, when I flew to
own in 1961, aged eleven. In those days,
a child travelling alone was really spoiled.
I sat in the cockpit with the pilot and helped the airhostesses serve
food. However, while I was doing this,
someone stole my purse containing $300.
Luckily, a member of the crew found it hidden behind lose panelling in
the toilet. America
Flying was fun, but it wasn’t until I arrived in
adventure began. For six weeks, I lived
on an ‘Indian’ Reservation in America
with my aunt (my mother’s sister) and my uncle who was full-blooded Dakota
Sioux. His mother, Elder of the Dakota
Sioux Council and direct descendent of the Great Sioux Chiefs, adopted me into
the tribe. I was so proud. Minnesota
My time on the reservation was the best. The Native American children taught me to swim (after I had almost drowned in the
Minnesota River). I slept in a tree house, trailed wild animals
in the woods, come dangerously close to a skunk, and swapped my dresses, shoes
and hats, for sneakers, pumps and bobby socks.
Thirty years later in 1992, she prepared a special meal in my honour, and gave me my Dakota name. It is Waccantkiya Win, and means, Charitable Girl.
|In my dad's pub late 1960's|
The M1 motorway was built from
My mum took my friends and me to see The Rolling Stones at Rugby Granada in 1964 (£1.10s a ticket), The Beatles at De Montfort Hall Leicester in 1965, and Cliff Richards in 1966. Cliff was expensive at £2.10s.
My acting career might have begun in 1965, when I auditioned at ATV in
I was offered a role in a new series called ‘Crossroads’ but my mum
wouldn’t let me leave home. Birmingham
I joined the local amateur dramatics group and trained to be a hairdresser. I earned £1.17s.6d a week and paid 2/-6d in NI. However, my dad paid me £10 to run dances and discos in the pub at the weekends. Eventually, after two successful businesses, I gave up hairdressing and went to
College in .
During thirty-six years as a professional actress and member of the Actors Union Equity, I was lucky enough to play many good roles, and work with some good actors – male and female.
Above: Me, playing the Prostitute in, Godspell (set in the 1960s), at the
Young Vic Theatre,
I gave up my acting career for love, and a mortgage, and then love gave me up. It was while I was working in the city, starved of anything remotely artistic, that I began a correspondence course with, The Writers Bureau. And, I loved it. I got the same buzz finding the truth in the characters I was writing about as I did in the characters I played on stage. For me the two processes are the same.
A little more about Madalyn
Madalyn lives in Leicestershire. After thirty-six years, she has swapped window boxes in
South London for a garden in
the market town of Lutterworth. She has
been an actress for over thirty years, performing on television, in Repertory
Theatre and the West End. She is also a radio presenter and journalist,
writing articles for newspapers and magazines.
Having successfully self-publishing her first Novel, Foxden Acres, Madalyn is currently writing her second. Applause is the second of four books about the lives of four very different sisters during the Second World War.
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