As all of you Emmy Show followers are probably aware, our Catherine Faulkner
(a.k.a. the talented actress and writer, Jean Marsh
) was nominated for "Best Actress" in the Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
category this year. This was for her role as Rose Buck
that she re-created in the new "Upstairs, Downstairs" revival. She won an Emmy for "Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series" in 1975 for this same role.
For those of you who don't know, Ms. Marsh co-created the original "Upstairs, Downstairs" series and also "The House of Elliott." She also wrote several of the scripts for the new "Upstairs, Downstairs" and has written several novels, also.
I ran across some recent articles about her ...
The first one is titled "Jean Marsh Stunned To Read Death Reports"
from Sept. 2nd
"Jean Marsh was stunned to read reports of her death recently - and the false story prompted a flurry of phone calls from concerned friends and family.
The Upstairs, Downstairs star's passing was incorrectly reported, prompting fans to pay tribute to the 77 year old - and Marsh admits she was touched by the messages.
She tells Britain's Daily Mail, "It was reported that I had been cremated and everything had been kept secret so my family could grieve in private.
"I had lots of people calling up to check if I was okay. It was nice to see so many kind obituaries... one fan wrote: 'Jean Marsh is dead. Oh s**t.' I thought that was hilarious."
But unfortunately a few days later, she did have a medical emergency ... the reason she was not at the Emmy telecast.
This srticle was dated Sept. 15th and titled "Upstairs Downstairs Actress Taken To Hospital."
"An actress who starred in the TV series Upstairs Downstairs was rushed to hospital after she was taken ill at a hotel in the Cotswolds.
Jean Marsh, who played Rose Buck in the programme in the 1970s, was taken ill during lunch at the Cotswold House Hotel, Chipping Campden, last Thursday.
She was taken to the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital after suffering a minor stroke but her condition is said to be stable.
The 77-year-old actress who is due to star in the remake of the hit TV programme, was at the Chipping Campden hotel to talk about her successful career as an actress which has spanned 50 years.
Jean sent a message while in hospital saying she was hoping to make a speedy recovery and be back "Upstairs, Downstairs," very soon.
Her agent, Lesley Duff, is relieved Jean is making a good recovery.
She said: "She is doing extremely well. Her work on Upstairs Downstairs starting in the first week of October is still going ahead."
And from one last article ... titled "Actress Jean Marsh on Reviving Upstairs Downstairs and The House of Eliott"
from early September about what Ms. Marsh is currently up to ...
"Jean created Upstairs Downstairsin the 1970s and returned to play Rose when it was revived by the BBC last Christmas.
A second series starting filming in October, with exteriors of the Belgrave townhouse shot in Clarendon Square, Leamington Spa.
Jean has written three novels which are all being reprinted now that she is back in the spotlight.
Along with Iris and The House of Eliott, there's Fiennders Abbey, which she will discuss and sign copies of at Cotswold House in Chipping Camden on September 8.
The House of Eliott was turned into a hit TV drama starring Stella Gonet and Louise Lombard, and ran for three series in the early 1990s.
"The series stopped suddenly and I still get letters about it, with people asking for an ending," says Kean. "I am very tempted!
"Now I'm working for the BBC again, I will ask them if they can bring it back, like Upstairs Downstairs. They could have the same characters or introduce new ones. The star is the fashion business, like the star of Upstairs Downstairs is the house."
Jean is also working on voicing Doctor Who audiobooks.
"It's hilarious, because I don't know what I'm talking about," she smiles. "Sometimes I play a whole cast of characters. Voicing the Doctor makes me giggle.
"I've actually been in Doctor Who three times, as the Princess of France and Sarah Kingdom an evil space spy with William Hartnell, and Morgan Le Fay in Camelot with Sylvester McCoy."
After all that, she certainly deserves a little rest.
We wish her all the best and hope that she has a very speedy recovery.
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