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Overview (5)

Born in Hackney, London, England, UK
Died in Jensen Beach, Florida, USA  (renal cancer)
Birth NameGeorge Anthony Newley
Nickname Tony
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Anthony Newley was born in Hackney, London, England, to Frances Grace Newley and George Kirby, a shipping clerk. He was attracted to acting, after seeing an ad for a child actor in a Fleet Street window. He attended the Italia Conti Stage School from the age of 14 and, two years later, played the Artful Dodger in David Lean's film, Oliver Twist (1948). Newley was called up to the Army for his National Service and, by the late 1950s, had a hit song Idol on Parade (1959), while in the movie of the same name. He married his first wife, Tiller Girl Ann Lynn in 1956 but it was a rocky marriage and they divorced in 1963. He was in the pop charts seven times in 1960, twice at Number One with "Why?" and "Do You Mind?" written by Lionel Bart. In 1961, he collaborated with Leslie Bricusse on the hit stage show, Stop the World: I Want to Get Off (1966). After long runs in London and on Broadway, it was made into a film, starring Millicent Martin, with the hit song "What Kind of Fool Am I?". In 1963, he married Rank starlet Joan Collins. She described him at the time as "A half-Jewish Cockney git" and herself as a "half-Jewish princess from Bayswater via Sunset Boulevard". Newley's film career thrived, most notably with acting roles in Doctor Dolittle (1967) and The Cockleshell Heroes (1955), and as a writer and composer. His partnership with Bricusse continued with "The Roar of the Greasepaint: The Smell of the Crowd" and many other Oscar, Grammy and Ivor Novello award-winning collaborations. They had hit songs such as "The Candy Man" and "Goldfinger". His marriage to Joan Collins broke up in 1971. He had two of his four children with her. Tony was married a third time, to former air hostess Dareth Rich, only to divorce again. He once said "My only regret is that, in a show business career, you can have no private life". Alone and facing a battle against cancer, Newley moved in with his mother Gracie - now in her 90s - at her home in Esher, Surrey. The stage performances continued but were nothing to match his heyday. His last TV appearance was in "The Lakes" in February 1999. Anthony Newley died in April of that year.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

Spouse (3)

Dareth Rich (1971 - 1989) (divorced) (2 children)
Joan Collins (27 May 1963 - 13 August 1971) (divorced) (2 children)
Ann Lynn (1956 - 1963) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

The song "What Kind of Fool Am I?"
Singing with a pronounced English accent

Trivia (21)

He had a daughter with Dareth Rich in 1973.
Newley was raised by his mother Grace and a stepfather, whose name was Ronald Gardner. The latter wound up in Beverly Hills working as a chauffeur for London Towne Livery Service Ltd., owned and operated by actor Gerald Peters. Newley searched with the help of a detective and found his real father George Kirby and bought him a house in Beverly Hills, in the hopes that he would reunite with Grace--but it was not to be. Sammy Davis Jr. later bought or leased the house, which can be seen in an episode of the original Charlie's Angels (1976). Newley's stepfather's subsequent wife, Lucy, worked as a housekeeper for Newley's partner Leslie Bricusse for many years. Leslie traveled a lot and rarely lived in his Beverly Hills house, so Lucy maintained it while Leslie rented it out in succession to Natalie Wood, Peter Sellers, Michael Caine and Yul Brynner.
A lifelong home movie enthusiast, Newley filmed his first date with Joan Collins.
Children by Dareth Dunn: Christopher and Shelby.
Children by Joan Collins: Tara Newley (born 12 October 1963) and Alexander Newley (born 8 November 1965).
Donated his papers to the Boston University (MA) Library Special Collections Department.
David Bowie admitted to copying Newley's singing style in his early career. Newley's musical influence on Bowie is especially clear on Bowie's first album, "David Bowie", released in 1967. Bowie cited Newley, along with Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett, to be the first performers he'd heard sing popular music with a British accent.
Was taught to ice skate by Paul Newman.
Was nominated for six Tony Awards: four in 1963 for "Stop the World -- I Want to Get Off," as Best Actor (Musical), and, with Leslie Bricusse, as Best Author (Musical), Best Composer and Lyricist, and for book, music and lyrics of Best Musical nomination; and two in 1965 for "The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd," as Best Director (Musical), and, again with Leslie Bricusse, as Best Composer and Lyricist. He did not win any of these awards.
Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 447-448. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
In addition to the five children he had with his three wives, Newley had a daughter out of wedlock with Anneke Wills named Polly. Tragically, the girl died in an automobile accident without ever finding out that Newley was her father--or vice versa.
Ex-brother-in-law of Jackie Collins and Oscar Lerman.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989.
At 12 years old, he was the youngest cast member of Henry V (1944).
He was survived by his mother Frances Grace Newley, who died at the age of 99 in 2002.
He was first treated for cancer in 1985 and had one kidney removed. The cancer returned in 1997 and spread to his lungs and liver.
The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and Albums described Newley as "among the most innovative UK acts of the early rock years before moving into musicals and cabaret". Between 1959 and 1962, Newley achieved 12 UK Top 40 singles, including two number ones.
British comedian Steve Furst is a huge fan of Newley and performs an Anthony Newley show in tribute to him.
Life companion of Gina Fratini from 1993 to his death.
Left school at the age of 14.
His maternal grandmother was Jewish.

Personal Quotes (5)

I am the laziest son of a bitch who ever drew breath. I sleep till one, and I'm always surprised when someone in blue rinse on a talk show says, 'You're a genius, Mr. Newley, you do so many things.' Tony Newley never realized his potential, did the things he should have done. That's why I need Leslie Bricusse--he has plenty of ambition.
To the unwashed public, Joan Collins is a star. But to those who know her, she's a commodity who would sell her own bowel movement.
[on Hollywood] It's only a village, you know. Village life around the pump.
I don't hate anybody or anything. But I do expect to make statements about the problems of being a human being.
The saddest thing about myself is that I never read a book. I never got the habit.

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