Imagine having that on your shoulders all your life. Its going to look very different by the time Lisa, her partner Paul, and their 11-year-old daughter Beau move in at Christmas. You sound like a suffragette! A typical working-class couple, they were strong characters. But we both said, Whoever gets that house is going to have one special home. Its not great but its the truth.
They live with their daughter Beau, 11 , in a Grade 2 listed 17th century house, set in seven acres in the Cotswolds. Kenny Everett, who routinely gave God marks out of 10 for landscapes, would have awarded a Double First to the Almighty for the view out of the windows. The show has been slated by some as sexist and for the frequent use of double entendres by panellists. Everyone who knew Mum when she was young says she was extremely attractive, great fun, very into how she looked and having boyfriends. The only bit that scared me was the stairwell: the stairs were made of concrete with sparkly bits in it — for some reason, you only see this in council flats of that age. While Nan tried to drag me back indoors, I was clinging to the bars, screaming and kicking hysterically.
For Mum, living at home with her parents meant that she never found out about running a home. I was born three weeks early. We've seen each other three times and spoken on the phone quite a lot. I was born three minutes after 8 p. Obviously any baby and small child must be the first priority, but Mum lost herself completely the day I was born.
With warmth, honesty and humour, Lisa takes us to the heart of the Elephant, revealing a home filled with love, laughter and drama. Because it was a council estate all the front doors were painted the same colour: red. Lisa Maxwell, an addition to the quick-witted Loose Women team, is a bundle of fun and laughter and a natural storyteller. She narrowly missed out on the part of Daphne in a little show called Frasier. The one thing I think would ruin me was if I harboured some kind of resentment for this man. It seems like a different era, an age when neighbours looked out for each other and everyone helped out, but it was only 10 years before I was born and the estate was still a friendly, caring place to grow up.
I parked nearby and Paul went off to find the house and spoke to him. Mum never talked about it properly to me: the usual way of dealing with things in our family was to try and ignore them. Lying on the table in front of us, in the echoingly empty dining room, is Lisa Maxwells hot-off-the-press autobiography, Not That Kinda Girl, funny, touching and full of intimate details about her South London childhood: bawdy songs in smoky pubs, and high-rise flats where the only gangs were children playing hide-and-seek. The ghost as she herself puts it that has haunted her all her life And that ghost is her illegitimacy. Mum liked dressing me up, but Nan did most of the other stuff — the bottles and the nappy changing. Pero la vida es confusa y es muy difícil tratar de controlarla. Mum says it never occurred to her that he might be married.
It forced me to ask myself why. An illegitimate child, brought up in Elephant and Castle, Lisa's life very nearly took a different path. With warmth, honesty and humour, Lisa takes us to the heart of the Elephant, revealing a home filled with love, laughter and drama. It was clear from the off that shed found her niche in life she thrived on performing on stage or in front of a camera. But its Beau, particularly the daughter she adores whos been the inspiration for the book.
To this day whenever I move into a new house the first thing I do is change the colour of the front door just because I can. Not That Kinda Girl, by Lisa Maxwell, is published by HarperCollins, on sale at £16. Every time I see him I like him more and more. Italia Conti for years called Italian Conti by her mum produced some tremendous talent. Quiere encontrar al chico indicado y no al idiota habitual que su escuela tiene para ofrecer.
When she missed her first period she thought it must be because she had a cold, and the next time it had to be an upset stomach. When I was really small my Uncle Alan lived there too. In some childish, unrealised way I wanted to save her from the terrible things about to happen to her. They both worked hard — Grandad was still working when he died at 76. As always, though, there was trouble lurking in the wings. And I hated her for leaving me to be with a man. Lucky for her, her dear old Nan had a kind heart, and in a last minute change of plan she was brought home to her grandparent's flat on the Rockingham Estate.
Whenever I was being driven home after work, Id be issuing orders the whole time Straight on; dont go that way, go this way a control freak in the back of the car. However, she had very little self-esteem and self-confidence because of the general reaction to her, so she blotted out uncomfortable truths and I understand that now. Below, I could see my mum getting into a minicab with a man in the back. In the end Grandad heard the news in the worst possible way. I think I just imbibed the general feeling in the household that my mother was a bad girl who liked boys a bit too much and ended up getting pregnant like girls who sleep around. Later in her career, she spent three years in Los Angeles, contracted to Paramount, but, when the work didn't come, she turned to the bottle and became bulimic.
She told her not to go and said they would face Grandad together. Looking back, Mum says she never doubted she did the right thing in keeping me — women who give their babies up for adoption are often tortured souls. Her talent was evident from the age of six when Miss Stokes, the singing teacher, gave her her first solo, in a Peter Rabbit production. And nowadays, those are exactly the sorts of qualities shes after in a life-partner. Mum liked the self-assured look of John — she always went for the cocky ones. Shell be on the sofa alongside Janet Jackson and Bob Geldof. Whatever he felt about the way I was conceived, from the moment I arrived home Grandad adored me, though.