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Anthony Newley

Anthony Newley

David Bowie has admitted to copying Newley's singing style.

A lifelong home movie enthusiast, Newley filmed his first date with Joan Collins.

Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 447-448. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Children by Joan Collins: Tara Newley (born 12 October 1963) and Alexander Newley (born 8 November 1965).

Children by Dareth Dunn: Christopher and Shelby.



Donated his papers to the Boston University (MA) Library Special Collections Department.

Ex-brother-in-law of Jackie Collins and Oscar Lerman.

He had a daughter with Dareth Rich in 1973.

His daughter with Joan Collins is singer Tara Newley.

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.

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989.

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.

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.

Was taught to ice skate by Paul Newman.


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