Friday, 19 December 2014

One slow descent into respectability

RIP Mandy Rice-Davies, tabloid-headline-setting dolly bird of the 60s and one of the "tarts at the heart" of the Profumo Affair that brought down Prime Minister Harold MacMillan and rocked his government, who has died aged 70.

Her notoriety (and that of fellow "model" Christine Keeler) lasted long after the names of many of the other "players" in the scandal had faded - with a leading role alongside David Bowie, Patsy Kensit and Ray Davies in Absolute Beginners, and - of course - a cameo in AbFab. She famously described her life as "one slow descent into respectability." But who knew she sang (after a fashion)?!

From her EP Introducing Mandy, hurriedly-released in 1964 after the trial, here is her version of the classic Close your Eyes:

Marilyn (Mandy) Rice Davis (21st October 1944 – 18th December 2014)


  1. Thanks for another interesting post.
    I didn't know she released a single either,
    I won't be adding it to our collection though!

    1. She released several, all of - ahem - similar musical excellence. Jx


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