"I'M DIRTY DAN, THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL...IF IT'S NASTY AND IMMORAL IT'S QUILP!" "WAITIN' TO POUNCE!" "SLIMIER THAN A TOAD" "THE ROAD TO QUILP IS THROUGH WITH HORRIBLE INTENTIONS"
At the time, Tony was starring in the West End box-office smash Stop The World — I Want To Get Off, a semi-autobiographical musical. Our romance took off fast.
I was fascinated by his talent, his quirky sense of humour and saucy Cockney charm.
Confession: The screen siren has revealed how her first disastrous marriage to Maxwell Reed didn't stop her trying married life again and again
What I didn’t know was that beneath his self-deprecating wit raged deep insecurities and a fundamental fear of women — not unrelated to the fact that his single mother had tried to abort him.
How foolish of me not to have seen the warning signs.
Although Tony professed abundant love for me, he confided during our stormy courtship that he’d never been faithful to one woman.
During one of our spats, we flew off with some friends for a short break in Jamaica. I remember sulking on the beach, and wondering if my Cockney lover was having a fling.
The answer came some 45 years later, when a woman purporting to be Tony’s daughter tried to contact my own daughter by him, Tara.
There were only three months between them. My suspicions on that sunny day in Jamaica had been well-founded.
Not long after the Jamaican holiday, I broke up with Tony after discovering he was having another affair with a blonde in his show.
Then I started dating the handsome young actor Terence Stamp. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_Stamp
Driven by extreme jealousy, Tony began bombarding me with messages and flowers, even stalking me, though I stubbornly refused to meet him.
Then, one blustery November day, he caught up with me.
Promising that he’d ‘really try’ to be faithful, he got down on one knee and proposed. Within a week, we’d tied the knot.
Now, I’m not stupid. But for a while I was too happy being a wife, homemaker and mother to let Tony’s wandering eye impinge on my consciousness.
'I was fascinated by his talent': Joan met her second husband Anthony Newley, pictured here with their daughter Tara, while he was starring in the West End box-office smash Stop The World
Then, at the end of 1965, just after our son Sacha was born, we moved to LA where Tony — having just played Matthew Mugg in Doctor Dolittle — began a new career as an American movie star.
Barbra Streisand was one of the many who were fascinated by his talent and charisma.
And when she came to his 36th birthday party at our home and sang, ‘Newley — people who need Newley’, to the music of ‘People’, I thought something might be up.
I was proven right some years later, when Barbra told our son that she’d had an affair with Tony.
The crunch came in 1968, when he wrote, directed and starred in the notorious film Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe And Find True Happiness?
Promises: The couple wed after Tony swore he would 'really try' to be faithful
I played his long-suffering wife, who watches resignedly as a host of women share his bed.
But it wasn’t until Universal gave me a private viewing of the film, and I saw my husband almost naked, making love to a parade of women, that I realised it hadn’t all been play-acting. I was deeply hurt.
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