MY FATHER WAS CARMEN MIRANDA! MEMOIRS OF AN ENGLISH SHOWGIRL by Nena Jover Kelty

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Discover the story of music hall showgirl Nena Jover Kelty, who was part of the renowned Jover family that entertained in circuses, theaters, and music halls throughout the world for three generations. 


When her father's act, "The Two Jovers," broke up in 1939, Tommy Jover drafted his children to form a new act, "Tommy Jover with Nena and Raf," and they played all over Britain through the dark years of World War II, from 1939 to 1946.

 

Although buzz bombs were falling, food was scarce, and travel often dangerous, nothing frightened the British into giving up their evenings at music halls. In the best tradition of British variety, Tommy Jover did a raucous turn as a female impersonator, and patrons screamed with delight when he topped his head with a fruit basket and made like Carmen Miranda, much to the embarrassment of young Nena, who played straight to her father's comic antics.

 

Glipse well-known British headliners, such as Max Miller ("Mary From the Dairy"), George Formby ("With Me Little Ukelele in Me Hand"), Tommy Trinder ("Champaigne Charlie"), Vera Lynn ("We'll Meet Again"), Flanagan and Allen ("Underneath the Arches"), Dick Henderson ("Tiptoe Through the Tulips"), and Tessie O'Shea ("No One Loves a Fairy When She's Forty"), in a vivid backstage look at the vanished world of English music halls. 

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