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Alan Brownjohn (b. 1931) grew up in London and was educated at Merton College, Oxford. He worked...
“ That was her ringing. Saying we should come
At half-past twelve for coffee and sandwiches.
Then there’s to be a short symposium
With actors, directors and celebrities
It would help you to meet. And they’d be sure
To enjoy meeting you, seeing they rarely get
The chance to talk with someone from somewhere
The theatre’s so incredible…” – And yet
What I most remember is you had to have
A picture with her! She said Yes, on one condition,
--That any photograph she agreed to give
Should only ever be used with her permission.
-- You observed that. It was only brought out today,
One in your last publicity display.
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