Friday, March 18, 2005

Shila Gish (1942-2005)

Sheila Gish, died last Wednesday aged 62, Sheila never went for the obvious or the easy.
A pocket Venus - tiny, blonde, and voluptuously, felinely beautiful, born Sheila Gash in Lincoln on St George's Day, 1942. An Army brat, she spent her earliest years in the Sudan and Egypt before being sent to the Royal School for Daughters of Officers of the Army in Bath. But with a name change (which led to inevitable questions about her more famous "relatives", Dorothy and Lillian) she set out to create the Sheila Gish she became.

After Rada she did a stint in repertory at Pitlochry, where she met Roland Curram, her first husband, and the father of her two daughters. She also made her first film appearance, with Curram, in Darling (1965), a paean to the Swinging Sixties directed by John Schlesinger.