Thursday, 2 February 2012

The Magical Mystery Of Mandy Weet : Whatever Happened to Miss Wendy Winters??

All together now....


"Good Morning Miss Winters, Miss Winters, 
Miss Winters!"






The Beatles film Magical Mystery Tour is a bit of a glorious mess really, but one thing always stands out in it for me and that's the beautiful blonde Mandy Weet in her role as the Tour Hostess Miss Wendy Winters










Gorgeous wasn't/isn't she?



Here's Paul McCartney on her;


"Then there was the pretty stewardess, Mandy Weet, who was a bit busty. I must admit, in casting those busty girls there was always a little bit of ulterior motive. It's just the thrill of being able to say, 'Oh, could you stand up please? Could you turn round?' It was just pure libertine casting there"








The dirty dog!

But what happened to her?? Surely I can't be the only one who has wondered this? MMT is her only credit on IMDB, so what became of her, does anyone know???



33 comments:

  1. You are not the only one; scouts honour, I was checking IMDB about a week ago after watching MMT on Youtube. A very luscious lady. Macca looks well pleased. ;)

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    1. Spooky tooth! hehe
      Very luscious indeed. I can't believe she just disappeared? You'd think that someone having worked with what was then the biggest band in the world would have been very much in demand afterwards, but seemingly not.
      I know MMT was a huge flop that Christmas but even so. It would be awful if her career was marred by that.
      I even bought a dull documentary on DVD a few years back, one of those 'E' rated efforts hosted by Victor Spinetti, just to see if she was interviewed or even mentioned, but alas no :(
      Macca *shakes fist* as if I don't already have a love/hate thing with him, he bags Jane Asher and then he gets to flirt with this beauty!

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    2. Miranda Forbes (Mandy Weet).
      Biography

      Miranda Forbes was born on August 11, 1946 in London, England. She was an actress, known for Jane Eyre (1996), Magical Mystery Tour (1967) and Bejewelled (1991). She died on June 14, 2001 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. Originally rose to fame as Wendy Winters in The Beatles' 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour. She starred in the film using her birth name Mandy Weet.
      Regards Stephen Kent

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    3. Yes, I think it was me who actually wrote that biog Stephen! The mystery was subsequently revealed following some digging and getting in touch with Miranda/Mandy's relatives. You can read more in the comments here and subsequent blog posts

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  2. MMT was seen in B&W by most of the viewing public that Christmas, colour tvs still finding their feet. So the psychedelic bits during 'Flying' would have looked a bit flat. But even in colour it is a hard watch. It just needed a better edit, and a better film stock. The first scene with Ringo and his Auntie (?) walking to the bus holds promise, but once on the bus it starts to fall apart. Even Ivor Cutler is a bit crap in it.
    By the time we get to the bus going round the airfield (?) to the slapstick music, I started to lose interest.
    A key scene for me is near the start ,when the bus is whizzing along , and Neil Aspinall turns to look to the camera from the side of the road. Thats a very Beatley bit.
    Spinetti really irritates me in this; all that military goosestepping stuff,and shouting.
    Same here with Macca; a real love hate thing. He looks totally off his head in the bit on the bus
    with Mandy; busy chewing away. ;)
    Jane Asher; got hold of the 3 disc Deep End Blu-Ray recently. Never seen her looking better. Good current interview with her and the male lead on it.
    It is weird that someone with Beatles connection seems to have totally disappeared. Just, like, nothing. You would think Ken Russell or Lindsay Anderson would have given her roles. Strange...
    Good stuff on here, Mark. :)

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    1. Ooh to have seen her in something by Ken! *salivates at that prospect!* Even a bit of Hammer *drools*

      I agree, it's not a great watch; the music holds a lot of it up but once the bus gets moving as you say it falls apart. We needed more Ringo and his auntie and more Miss Winters. It just goes nowhere. That said, I do find the spaghetti scene with Lennon rhubarbing away and smiling creepily both hilarious and unsettling!

      Spinetti is just doing another of his party tricks that the lads found hilarious; the Sgt Major. Shame no one else did really! ;)

      Deep End is one of my all time favourite films. Adored it for years, I had a really scratchy grainy print, so was delighted when the BFI brought it out. Love all the extras, as you say Jane and John Moulder Brown, both still looking utterly beautiful.

      Thanks again!

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  3. Deep End is amazing; pride of place in my collection. That scene where he keeps buying the hotdogs and doing the little bows is a killer. Really interesting camera work too. And of course Diana Dors doing the football commentary. Utterly fantastic film; never tire of watching it.
    Yeah, imagine Mandy in a Hammer flick. I'm starting to drool a bit myself here. ;) I can see her in Captain Kronos, that kind of thing. Or all dollybirded up in Dracula: AD 1972. ( strangely called Dracula Today on IMDB. Sounds like a David Frost interview show :)

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    1. Haha Dracula Today. How odd?

      Yes a buxom wench or a dollybird in a modern day one, I can definitely see that.

      Why weren't we casting directors back then? haha

      I love Cat Stevens score in Deep End too

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  4. Ach leave Magical Mystery Tour alone! it's one of my favourite films damnit haha. but then I never was a serious film connossieur like your good self, more a case of the weirder the better ;-)

    Btw, interesting (sort of) fact, my mum used to correspond with Victor Spinetti for a while via letters and telephone calls. she had a childhood crush on him *rolls eyes*

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    1. Bless you for thinking I'm a serious film connossieur! Blieve me I've just watched an awful lot haha.

      No I do like it, it just wish it was a bit better that's all. And more Mandy Weet ;)

      Aw your mum, barking up the wrong tree there with Spinetti hehe! But a very cool fact!

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  5. How do you mean barking up the wrong tree?

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    1. Oh actually just checked an interview with him online, he's bi. My mistake

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  6. Really? I didn't know that, I knew he'd been married and has children so that's why I couldn't understand when you said barking up the wrong tree haha

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    1. Was looking at a Spinetti clip on youtube today 'Two In Clover' and came across a 'I've only just found out he was gay' comment. So I thought, oh I can set the record straight here and replied 'He's Bi I believe' and got a snotty ignorant reply of 'Yeah that's right. He's gay' Some people eh?

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  7. I avoid Youtube comments like the plague, that's just one example of the kind of braindead ignorance I'd expect

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  8. Mandy Weet was my second cousin, and sorry to say she died in 2001. I was not terribly close so I don't know why she changed her stage name, however she became "Miranda Forbes", the English bit part actress, not the writer of lesbian novels.

    She appeared in a fair number of ads as well as non-speaking parts in many sitcoms and dramas of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

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    1. Oh no, I am so sorry to hear that. Thank you for taking the time to update me with this information.

      Just checked the Miranda Forbes entry on IMDB, and there's no link to the entry for Mandy Weet which explains the 'where are they now?' conundrum I originally had. I have some of the programmes she's listed for I'm sure, so I will check them out with a more diligent eye to catch her. Thank you.

      I hope you take it as a compliment when I say your second cousin was a fine looking woman with some great talent.

      Thanks again and my belated condolences

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    2. http://randomramblingsthoughtsandfiction.blogspot.com/2012/02/magical-mystery-cleared-up.html

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    3. Thank you for the information, Steve. And sorry to hear that she is no longer with us. Like many, one of the true highlights of the film was to see her.

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  9. June 14, 2001 (age 54) in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK

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  10. meant ... born: Miranda Forbes
    11 August 1946, London, England, UK

    Date of Death
    14 June 2001, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK

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    1. Hi, thanks for stopping by. Yes further investigations and help from Steve and some others - across other sites - led to finding such info out which subsequently formed the basis of this update http://randomramblingsthoughtsandfiction.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/good-morning-miss-winters-more-on.html
      Which I drafted up on IMDB, which had previously held no record of Mandy and Miranda being one and the same!

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  11. I just purchased the original Beatles Magical Mystery Tour EP album and some original photographs. Im very sorry that she past away. I saw MMT when I station in England. Please accept my belated condolences. Aubrey A. Reid US Army Retired

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  12. Hi Steve Weet I am so sorry to hear that Mandy passed away. I was a close friend of her mum's, Mary Weet.

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  13. So what was her real name? Mandy Weet or Miranda?? Please anyone with anymore info on this amazing woman please email me at hannibalhendrix@hotmail.com
    Thank you! Very sorry to discover she passed away.

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    1. Weet. See the comment from her cousin Steve Weet. There's another post concerning her on here, follow the link I posted in the comment section :)

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    2. But she was born Miranda Forbes??

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    3. Ah yeah, I see what you mean. Sorry it's been a very long time since I looked at this post! Yeah a helpful visitor has stated she was born Forbes, but given that her cousin shares the name Weet I'm guessing this was a maiden name in the family

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  14. Ok then, well yes that's understandable I guess. But why the change from Miranda to Mandy?

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    1. I can only hazard a guess you understand, but its not uncommon for Miranda to be shortened to Mandy or used as a nickname/pet name

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  15. Alright then. Thank you Mark. I only discovered the woman very recently and like you just wondered where she was now and wanted to learn more about her.

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    1. You're very welcome Robin, glad to be of service in shedding light on Mandy for you. Have you checked out the other posts concerning her, featuring pics I've screencapped from productions she appeared in in her later years? Always good to see a new fan, thanks for stopping by!

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