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Definition: Asher, Jane from Chambers Biographical Dictionary


♦ English actress and writer

Born in London, she made her film debut at the age of five in Mandy (1952) and continued acting as a child. Other notable film appearances include The Greengage Summer (1961), The Prince and the Pauper (1962), Alfie (1966), The Winter's Tale (1968), Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972) and Paris by Night (1989). On television, she appeared in Brideshead Revisited (1981), Wish Me Luck (1988-90) and The Choir (1995). Her stage work includes Festen (West End, 2004). She also runs Jane Asher Party Cakes and has written many cookery books and novels. She is married to Gerald Scarfe.

Summary Article: Asher, Jane
from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

English actor and writer. An accomplished child actor, she made her film debut in the drama Mandy (1952). She transitioned smoothly into more mature roles, starting with a strong supporting appearance in Alfie (1966), with Michael Caine. She later wrote numerous books, mainly on cookery, and started Jane Asher Party Cakes in 1990.

Asher was born in London and began her professional career at the age of six. Other film performances include The Greengage Summer (1961), The Prince and the Pauper (1962), The Winter's Tale (1968), and Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972). She achieved further fame in the 1960s for her romantic relationship with Paul McCartney of the Beatles. Television work includes the dramas Brideshead Revisited (1981), The Choir (1995), and Wish Me Luck (1988–90).

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