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GHeather Report 2 Apr 2013 14:45

Interesting PigletsPal, thanks for sharing your info. :-D


DazedConfused Report 2 Apr 2013 13:11

Oscar Wilde was married to Constance and they had 2 children, both Oscar and Constance came from wealthy Irish families.

He was not a Homosexual but more likely Bi-sexual, hence the marriage with 2 children.

And he was not a Paedophile but a Pederast, ie he liked younger men.

And his grandson or greatgrandson is in the media cannot remember his full name but his surname is Holland.

For my exams in school before I left we had to do a project on someone famous and I chose Oscar Wilde. This was in 1969. He was a fascinating man to look into and his writings are amazing.

The words in my 'research' at bottom are Oscar Wildes. One of many excellent quotes. Another favourite of his was made at US customs 'I have nothing to declare except my genius' :-)


Mauatthecoast Report 2 Apr 2013 12:53

yes John you're quite right Stan was born in Ulverston,Cumbria.

But he lived most of his early years in North Shields in the borough of Tynemouth where he went to school. His father had many theatres locally and it was at one of these that my grandparents, travelling stock company actors,appeared onstage.
Stan thought of himself as a Geordie and would sign letters to his friends as Hinny (an affectionate term) :-D


GHeather Report 2 Apr 2013 11:50

Richard Dawkins would also be interesting.


SheilaWestWilts Report 2 Apr 2013 10:09

Simon Callow (if that's his real name) as it may provide a clue as to where mine came from :-D. And I like him.


JustJohn Report 2 Apr 2013 08:51

Mau. Always thought of Stan as Ulverston on Furness :-S

Certainly his accent was from that area. I loved something I read about his final moments when he was obviously sinking fast:

"Just minutes away from death, Laurel told his nurse he would not mind going skiing right at that very moment. Somewhat taken aback, the nurse replied that she was not aware that he was a skier. "I'm not," said Laurel, "I'd rather be doing that than this!" A few minutes later the nurse looked in on him again and found that he had died quietly in his armchair"

Yes, he would be a brilliant subject for WDYTYA :-D


GlitterBaby Report 2 Apr 2013 00:57

David Attenborough should be interesting


Mauatthecoast Report 2 Apr 2013 00:23

Laurel and Hardy..........Stan's father,Arthur Jefferson,whose family lived in North Shields in the early 1900s, was manager of local theatre where my grandparents acted onstage.


GHeather Report 1 Apr 2013 23:35

Great lot of interesting replies, I enjoyed reading them ALL, thanks!


JustJohn Report 1 Apr 2013 21:40

Rose. I heard yesterday that Wilde had a family. I was not sure I had imagined it. Thanks for thread - just shows how little I know about a lot, I suppose :-(

Not sure who I was drawing attention to, Errol? If AA, I simply said he was on my tree (not a direct ancestor - very very distant). I was just giving examples, and felt Arthur would not be of huge interest.


FootieAngel Report 1 Apr 2013 21:38

Colin Firth x


Mersey Report 1 Apr 2013 21:33

Vera Atkins


eRRolSheep Report 1 Apr 2013 21:32

Thank you Rose for understanding what I was trying to say.
John why are you listing people but only drawing attention to one - slightly unfair don't you think?
However, yes dead stars would be interesting

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 1 Apr 2013 21:30

John, tell me that is a rhetorical question please, re Wilde?

You might find this interesting

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 1 Apr 2013 21:26

I understand your reasoning Errol, but WDYTYA is a 'middle of the road' programme and not the place for an investigation in nature and nurture of someone like that.

It would, for one thing, be grossly unfair to any relatives living ( or dead come to that) who had no role in his life or those who did but cannot be held culpable for his crimes or his predilictions.


JustJohn Report 1 Apr 2013 21:26

Dead stars would be interesting to research.

I have Arthur Askey on my tree who might be a bit boring (Liverpool clerk, basically).
But Dorothy Squires, Oscar Wilde (was he really married with 2 children?), Marie Lloyd, Lord Liverpool would be interesting to me. Also Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Errol Flynn.............


~Lynda~ Report 1 Apr 2013 21:23

Nobody famous, just someone who has worked hard on there tree for years, but has a brickwall. I think they are the sort of people who are worthy of help, Celebs can afford to hire someone to do there tree if they really wanted to.


eRRolSheep Report 1 Apr 2013 21:21

was not trying to be clever in the slightest - I would love to see family history done into people like that - look at the socio implications, nature and nurture and all that - fascinating.
People love watching programmes about people such as Sweeney Todd so why not look at more recent heinous people?


JoyBoroAngel Report 1 Apr 2013 21:19

i agree John :-( :-(


JustJohn Report 1 Apr 2013 21:18

Errol. Not funny. Not clever :-( :-(