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My Heart is Bleeding

There aren’t many people around now who saw Dorothy Squires in her pomp. So it’s hard to believe that in the latter part of the 1950’s and early 1960’s she was a huge star topping the Palladium and appearing in every major concert hall all over the UK. She was not however the most forgiving of stars and made enemies. Slowly but surely her star waned and by the 1980’s she cut a sorry figure embroiled in litigation against Radio 2 and fighting bankruptcy orders. In her heydays amongst those who appeared regularly on her bills was a song and dance man from South Wales called Johnny Tudor. Johnny has always wanted to tell her story. Being a theatre man at heart he wrote a play with his friend and award winning author Meic Povey. It starred Ruth Madoc as Dorothy Squires. There were hopes for a wider showing of the play but it was not to be, so Johnny put pen to paper and has produced the definitive biography of the star: My Heart is Bleeding. As an old friend of Johnny’s (and someone who had the scary pleasure of meeting the real Dorothy Squires in 1994) it seemed an ideal opportunity to give Dorothy one last outing on a stage slightly less glamorous than the ones she adorned in her pomp but nevertheless….So he will be talking about her life (and her marriage to Mr Moore) on Saturday 25th at 2.00pm. Here they are together outside the Capitol Cinema in Cardiff in 1974. (Love those sideburns – and the prices!)

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