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The Corn Hall in Diss pays tribute to Honor Blackman




The programme manager of The Corn Hall in Diss has spoken of her sadness and paid tribute to actress Honor Blackman, who died this week, aged 94.

Ms Blackman performed at the St Nicholas Street venue in 2014 for her show, Honor Blackman – as Herself, where the star spoke about her stage, television and film career in conversation with her colleague and friend, the director Richard Digby Day.

Angela Sykes, from The Corn Hall, said: “Suffice it to say that there was quite a buzz of excitement that she was coming to Diss. What was lovely though was how gracious and chatty she was.

Honor Blackman (33112803)
Honor Blackman (33112803)

“I seem to recall a discussion about how, when she was on tour, she missed her home comforts and that she really didn’t like discovering that her accommodation had carpet in the bathroom.”

The actress was born in Plaistow, east London, on August 22, 1925, and, after picking elocution lessons for her 16th birthday and being inspired by her teacher about theatre, enrolled in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Most famous for playing Pussy Galore in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, she was also cast as Cathy Gale in the 1960s TV show The Avengers.

David Vass, who reviewed The Corn Hall show in 2014, said in his glowing piece: “With her diamante dress, snowy white stole and ruby red nails, she held the Corn Hall spellbound with her stories about her stage and screen career and, perhaps most affectingly, her early life growing up in the East End.”

Before the show, the actress had asked the venue manager to provide a little something for her and her friends after the performance.

Ms Sykes said: “She asked so nicely if I would mind buying a bottle of champagne and put it on ice for after the show. And she insisted on paying for it herself.

“She explained that it was very much part of the showbiz tradition, and she really wanted to entertain the friends who came to her dressing room at the end of the show.

“It was great actually – it really made us feel like we’d had a true star in the building.

“What a charming person she was. She exuded star quality and was true to the lifestyle.”

Ms Blackman, who became a household name in the 1960s, died of natural causes at her Sussex home, with her family by her side.


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