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Charles Hawtrey

CHARLES HAWTREY d1988. English comedy actor best known for playing wimpish effeminate characters in the classic Carry On film series of the 1960s and 70s. His contract was not renewed after Carry On Abroad (1972) due to his irrational behaviour caused by his alcoholism. He  retired to Deal in Kent in the 1980s, where he devoted much time to the consumption of alcohol. He cut an eccentric figure in the small town and was well known for promenading along the seafront in extravagant attire, waving cheerfully to the fishermen. He caused a news scandal in August 1984, when his house caught fire, after he went to bed with a teenager and left a cigarette burning. Newspaper photos from the time show a fireman carrying an emotional, partially clothed and sans toupee Hawtrey down a ladder to safety. In October 1988, he was taken to hospital after breaking his leg in a fall in front of a public house. He was discovered to be suffering from vascular disease, a condition of the arteries brought on by a lifetime of heavy smoking. He was told that in order to save his life, his legs would have to be amputated. He refused, allegedly saying he preferred to die with his boots on. He died just a month later aged 73. On his deathbed, Hawtrey supposedly threw a vase at his nurse who asked for a final autograph.

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Charles Hawtrey

Reference number:

11908
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Description:

A very good original vintage circa 1960s autograph book page,clearly signed in ink by Charles Hawtrey

Certification:

From the autograph book of Barry Lewis of Bickley Kent containing many entertainment notables of the 1960s. Pat Boone on the reverse of the page. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Size:

12x10cm Sized Page

Condition:

Good. View Image

Charles Hawtrey

Reference number:

10779
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Description:

A rare original circa 1960s autograph book page, clearly signed in ink by Charles Hawtrey

Certification:

From the 1960s autograph book collection of P Bush of Walworth London containing many notables of the period. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Size:

14x11cm Sized Page

Condition:

Average. View Image. Some show through from autograph on the reverse of this page

Charles Hawtrey

Reference number:

6416
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Description:

A collectable typed 1973 letter on his own headed paper from The Rominley Theatre Cheshire, thanking his correspondent for his good wishes. He concludes ; "It is with pleasure that I enclose a still photograph from one of the Carry On Films. With good wishes and kindest regards to you all". Clearly signed in ink by Charles Hawtrey.

 

Certification:

An original letter on headed paper dated 16th January 1973. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

21x15 cm Sized Letter.

 

Condition:

Good. View Image.

Charles Hawtrey

Reference number:

6045
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Description:

A superb rare early circa 1960s picture postcard clearly signed in ballpoint "Good wishes Charles Hawtrey"

 

Certification:

AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Charles Hawtrey

Reference number:

5883
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Description:

An original circa 1960s autograph book page, clearly signed in ballpoint by Charles Hawtrey (adding "Good Wishes, Carry On")

 

Certification:

From the extensive 1950-70s autograph collection of Tony B containing many notables of the period mostly obtained in person in the London area. Some autograph book pages are dedicated to him. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.