“The relationship made a sort of sense,” says Stanley. It was real weakness on my part,” Baxter said. “Anybody would be insane to choose to live such a very difficult life,” Baxter said in the book. “She wandered, like Ophelia through Hamlet, but she would have moved to the ends of the earth for me.”. Stanley Baxter is one of the most successful entertainers of his generation and for many years had his own Bafta-winning TV series. “There are many gay people these days who are fairly comfortable with their sexuality, fairly happy with who they are. Breaking News. Stanley asked the same question of himself – but pushed the answer aside. It was absolutely selfish. It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. Help us build our profile of Stanley Baxter! The Scottish actor came out in a new authorised biography, titled The Real Stanley Baxter, written by Brian Beacom. The honeymoon night – predictably – was a disaster. She then went to their new Glasgow flat to cook spaghetti for his supper.". Scottish actor and comedian Stanley Baxter outside the Clerkenwell Magistrates Court in London with his wife Moira, after being cleared of an act of public indecency, 30th March 1962. In December at the Citz, Stanley and Moira starred in the Christmas panto Red Riding Hood (Stanley played Granny McNiven, Moira played Red Riding Hood). In the front room of Moira Robertson’s parents’ home in Dumbarton, Stanley slowly, cautiously, uttered the words “I do.” He failed to convince. I thought she would still be heartbroken. Alec Guinness and John Gielgud had both been charged with Importuning. He remained married to Moira until her death. The Real Stanley Baxter reads like a drawn-out kiss-and-tell red-top feature article; from the overtly salacious (and often irrelevant and misleading) chapter headings, to the sensational tone of the text, Beacom seems to succeed in giving Baxter the thing he spent so much of his life trying to avoid: the lurid tabloid exposé. And it worked. “I’ve often wondered how her life would have turned out had she married a devoted heterosexual husband.”, He adds, his voice breaking: “I will never know why she loved me so much. Enter your email to receive a daily roundup of the top LGBT+ news stories. He had his chance to make a clean break, to move on alone. Stanley managed to survive the threat to his career – just – and Moira, as expected stood by her man. Moira’s role, however, was reduced from Actress to Wife. Should he push aside the attention of this attractive, classy young woman? Then one night she invited me for my favourite spaghetti up to her little rented flat at 65 Clouston Street and I was seduced back into bed again.”, The appetite sated, Stanley reckoned the only way to break off the relationship once and for all was to be entirely honest with Moira. “Moira asked me what was wrong and I said something about the emotion of it all. By Stanley Baxter comes out as gay and admits he brought men home with wife\'s permission (Image: GETTY) Actor Stanley Baxter, 94, has bravely come out as gay and opened up about how his sexuality impacted his relationship with his wife Moira Robertson, who died in 1997. Moira wasn’t entirely unhappy with the situation. “It was all I ever dreamed of.”. Moira died of an overdose, aged 69. Celebs you didn’t know have an LGBT sibling, “I was going to top myself,” he said. “I couldn’t entertain such a thought and I felt the relationship simply had to stop, so I broke it off,” Baxter said. “Kenny thought I was making a terrible mistake,” says Stanley. And if I don’t have a career, what do I have?'”. The charge of soliciting was later dropped, and he went on to have a long-term relationship with a German accountant. But what the Daily Express didn’t know was that when Stanley arrived home, with the sound of Saturday evening theatre applause still ringing in his ears, he broke down in tears. However, he has now opened up about his life in a new book, The Real Stanley Baxter. As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles. If you have a complaint about the editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then please contact the editor here. I never wanted to be gay. Veteran actor Stanley Baxter has bravely come out as gay at the age of 95 and explained how he brought men home with his wife's blessing. Stanley Baxter is one of the most successful entertainers of his generation and for many years had his own Bafta-winning TV series.He was married for 46 years, tortured by being gay. “I thought, ‘My career will never survive this. Yet, I had all sorts of excuses for developing a relationship. However, it was Moira who was determined to take the relationship to the next stage. If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here. And I did love her deeply, in my own way.”. You can make a complaint by using the ‘report this post’ link . Experiences in the Far East during his concert party stint confirmed to the Scot where his heart lay. He was previously married to Moira Robertson. He married his wife, Moira, in 1951. Tragically, however, in 1997, the year Princess Diana died, Moira took her own life. I kept getting those sheep’s eyes every time she passed me in the theatre and she appeared to be heartbroken.”. Kenneth Williams was among the first to be told – and he couldn’t believe his ears. I don't think you know what you're talking about and I don't think you realise that the future will be bleak for you and difficult for me.’”, Stanley was adamant. But had Moira truly leapt at the idea of leaving Glasgow and friends and family behind? In The Real Stanley Baxter, the Scottish star speaks openly about his sexuality and relationships for the first time, confirming that he is gay and revealing the truth about his complicated marriage with wife Moira. "Stanley Baxter and his wife Moira were secretly married in the drawing room of the bride's house in Dumbarton. “I sat on the edge of the bed and sobbed my heart out,’” he admits. “I was apprehensive about getting involved for all the obvious reasons. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? “The Citz was a heterosexual theatre company. “By that time, I had so many tender feelings for her,’ he explains. In fact, Mum showed her disapproval of Moira right from the start.”, Stanley agrees. He says: “Did she carry some hope that I would get off the plane, rush round and save her again? Stanley reckoned his wife's place was in the home. Fred Baxter, knowing his son was unconvincing in the role of Happy Groom, attempted a last-minute derailment. He lived there from the age of five until he married actress Moira Robertson at 26 years of age. There was a sort of obsession.”. Kenneth asked Stanley what future he could expect if he married Moira Robertson. Yet, the relationship was doomed from the start. However, Robertson did not take the news as he expected, and he agreed to continue their relationship after she threatened to jump out the window of their second-floor apartment. Stanley weighed up what this all meant. Did Bessie Baxter have any idea of Stanley’s true sexuality? STANLEY Baxter has come out as gay, revealing for the first time that his marriage was a façade. It was more than weakness. He was previously married to Moira Robertson. Moira wrote him a very sane and balanced letter. Should I have taken her to Cyprus? And Stanley noticed her little eccentricities, her remoteness, her rejection of life's boring rituals of cleaning, cooking, washing laundry, had become more pronounced. “My dad said ‘This is a very big step you're taking, Stanley. He reckoned it would at least a few years before the couple arrived at Wedding Central. They would meet for lunch every day. His heart raced as he rushed towards her and pulled her back. She kept calling for him and my mother wasn’t too happy about this. He had to get on with his life. Moira tried to take her own life on two occasions. They were married for 46 years Baxter's wife Moira was troubled by mental illness. Moira’s death left Stanley bereft. Stanley would indeed come to regret it for the rest of his life. He had indeed dreamed of being a professional actor since appearing on stage as a seven-year-old at local talent contests. "Stanley Baxter and his wife Moira were secretly married in the drawing room of the bride's house in Dumbarton. Stanley had to move out, he says, for the sake of his own sanity. Baxter said he was “apprehensive” when he and Robertson embarked on a romantic relationship, and said the “defining point” in his life came when she told him that she wanted to get married. Contribute. He is an actor and writer, known for The Stanley Baxter Moving Picture Show (1974), The Fast Lady (1962) and Crooks Anonymous (1962). Stanley Baxter is a member of the following lists: BAFTA winners (people), People from Glasgow and Scottish film actors.. “And the sex was ‘fine’ – not rockets going off or anything.”. “I guess I had come to really like Moira. He was married for 46 years until his wife's death in 1997 of an overdose while he was overseas. In January, 1962, he was focused hard on his career. But of course I should have been stronger. In the book The Real Stanley Baxter, it’s revealed by biographer Brian Beacom that Baxter has struggled with his sexuality all his life. “I told her my preference and said: ‘That’s why I am breaking off the relationship. And he turned it down. In the book, Baxter discussed his relationship with his wife Moira Robertson, who died in 1997, and opened up about the pain of hiding his lifelong attraction to men. It said, words to the effect of, 'I'll let you off if you don't want to marry me'. Legendary actor Stanley Baxter has come out as gay aged 94 after 25 years of living as a virtual recluse.. You mustn't let that worry you’. But she ignored the signs. She now had to be a housewife, which she found very frustrating. This would be NO life for you, married to someone who is essentially and primarily homosexual!”’, Moira's reaction was surprising, even to those who knew how liberal she was. The Stanley Baxter Playhouse ran on Radio 4 from 2006 until 2014. We hope you've really thought about how important it is.’, “And I said nonchalantly, ‘Oh, not nowadays. Legendary actor Stanley Baxter has come out as gay aged 94 after 25 years of living as a virtual recluse. The Real Stanley Baxter, by Brian Beacom. Moira meanwhile, had pushed aside question marks against Stanley’s sexuality, partly because she adored her boyfriend and loved his talent. And as the years progressed, the medicated Moira and Stanley became close again. It was real weakness on my part.”. Baxter himself often spoke of wanting to die. The Scottish actor came out in a new authorised biography, titled The Real Stanley Baxter, written by Brian Beacom. “I told her my preference and said, ‘That’s why I am breaking off the relationship. Baxter said he has lived the last 25 years as a virtual recluse in his London apartment as he “didn’t want to be seen as someone who was once Stanley Baxter”. If it doesn't work out, you just get divorced and you move on.’ And my father replied with a very heavy voice, ‘No, it's not as easy as that.’, The following Monday, the Scottish Daily Express wrote of the 'quiet' wedding. But just weeks later he realised he had boarded a runaway train. Readers’ comments: You are personally liable for the content of any comments you upload to this website, so please act responsibly. Stanley knew he was gay. I felt vulnerable. The Scottish actor came out in a new authorised biography, titled The Real Stanley Baxter, written by Brian Beacom.. “I didn't think that she was ever going to make it very big and I suggested she give it up. IN MARCH 1952, 26-year-old Stanley Baxter, recognised as the brightest young star in the Citizens’ Theatre Company, made a decision that was to shock his parents, stun his close friend Kenneth Williams and even surprise himself. She may have worshipped Stanley but she never got herself worked up if her husband’s white shirts were dry in the morning or not. In 1959, Stanley realised the writing was on the wall for variety theatre in Scotland and moved to London. Stanley walked through the doors of the Gorbals theatre and into theatre heaven, loving this avant-garde world populated by the likes of Sybil Thorndyke and Duncan Macrae. But Stanley couldn’t contain his sexual frustrations. Spouse (1) What Williams didn’t know, however, was the pressure Stanley had been under. In 1949, it was illegal to be gay and entrapment of homosexual men by covert police officers was common. “I know it all sounds terribly old-fashioned but men had those expectations in those days.”, Now, Stanley admits another reason why he felt Moira should remain at home. Today aged 94, he lives as he has for 25 years — a virtual recluse at his flat in Highgate Village, North London. And I said ‘Well, it does worry me. See full bio » We do not pre-moderate or monitor readers’ comments appearing on our websites, but we do post-moderate in response to complaints we receive or otherwise when a potential problem comes to our attention. We could say that Baxter’s is an agony of the past. Would it have happened anyway? But of course I should have been stronger. Stanley Baxter as TV antiques expert Arthur Negus. I’m not. He was married for 46 years, but beneath his cheerful exterior lies a man tortured by the fact he is gay. If she did, she never let on. Login to add information, pictures and relationships, join in discussions and get credit for your contributions. The more I got to know of her I realised she was a lovely person, a woman of enormous heart.”. But it was because I knew I'd made the biggest mistake of my life.”. Suddenly, she raced to the front window of their second storey flat, opened it and climbed out onto the window ledge, yelling, ‘If I can't have you then I won't settle for anyone else! Early on, Stanley had hinted at his preference to Moira. He was married for 46 years, but beneath his cheerful exterior lies a man tortured by the fact he is gay. “I believed that no-one in our family should be anything but a star.”. This builder’s daughter and art school graduate was a clever and attractive, if rather ethereal, young woman. This wasn’t unrestrained hyperbole. Stanley Baxter was born on May 24, 1926 in Glasgow, Scotland. STANLEY BAXTER (05/24/1928), UK TV personality (The Stanley Baxter Show) BETTY JANE BEARD (12/19/1927), child actress (Our Gang); sister of Our Gang player Matthew “Stymie” Beard ANN BEAULIEU (03/13/1926), mother of Elvis Presley’s wife Priscilla Presley. Bringing the very best to his latest film role, Crooks Anonymous, starring alongside Julie Christie and Leslie Philips. Data returned from the Piano 'meterActive/meterExpired' callback event. Baxter decided to be “entirely honest” with Robertson and told her about his “true sexual predilection”. I still don’t.”. And the decision may have played a part his wife’s untimely death. The veteran Glaswegian actor reveals in his new biography The Real Stanley Baxter, written with his approval by Brian Beacom, that his wife of 45 years Moira Robertson knew about his sexuality … But she did mention several times there was ‘something wrong’ with Moira, that her emotional balance wasn't quite right. 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