If you have a complaint about the editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then please contact the editor here. “The relationship made a sort of sense,” says Stanley. The more I got to know of her I realised she was a lovely person, a woman of enormous heart.”. You can make a complaint by using the ‘report this post’ link . 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”. But had Moira truly leapt at the idea of leaving Glasgow and friends and family behind? Legendary actor Stanley Baxter has come out as gay aged 94 after 25 years of living as a virtual recluse.. 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 … In 1962, he was arrested for soliciting in a public toilet. 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. Stanley would indeed come to regret it for the rest of his life. We may then apply our discretion under the user terms to amend or delete comments. They were married for 46 years Baxter's wife Moira was troubled by mental illness. “However, Moira was very, very upset. The honeymoon night – predictably – was a disaster. This was the defining moment of Stanley’s life. If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here. Tragically, however, in 1997, the year Princess Diana died, Moira took her own life. “She looked up at me, shrugged and said ‘Oh, I don't care about that at all. The Scottish actor came out in a new authorised biography, titled The Real Stanley Baxter, written by Brian Beacom.. It was partly a feeling of ‘I'll show them’, that I could be as heterosexual as the rest of them.”. Yes, as a 14-year-old he’d had a frolic with the maid (despite living in a West End tenement Bessie Baxter insisted upon live-in help) but this was an entirely new adventure. Did Bessie Baxter have any idea of Stanley’s true sexuality? This would be NO life for you, married to someone who is essentially and primarily a homosexual.'”. He said a few years ago: “I went into radio as a schoolboy at 14 and I would never have imagined that I’d still be doing it 76 years later. And he turned it down. He remained married to Moira until her death. But in joining the Citz and aiming for the stars (however small his initial parts were as an Assistant Stage Manager) the young actor realised his sexuality could prove to be his downfall. And it worked. 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. He was previously married to Moira Robertson. See full bio » Williams believed Stanley to be taking advantage of Moira and a traitor to the cause. But Stanley, and Moira’s family, coaxed her to take medication. Today aged 94, he lives as he has for 25 years — a virtual recluse at his flat in Highgate Village, North London. “My dad said ‘This is a very big step you're taking, Stanley. And Stanley noticed her little eccentricities, her remoteness, her rejection of life's boring rituals of cleaning, cooking, washing laundry, had become more pronounced. 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. Should he push aside the attention of this attractive, classy young woman? “Moira chased Stanley,” says Stanley’s sister, Alice. Stanley was up for the challenge. Stanley had to move out, he says, for the sake of his own sanity. For good. 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. Enter your email to receive a daily roundup of the top LGBT+ news stories. “I didn't think that she was ever going to make it very big and I suggested she give it up. In 1959, Stanley realised the writing was on the wall for variety theatre in Scotland and moved to London. Baxter was brought up in the West End of Glasgow, in a tenement. "Stanley Baxter and his wife Moira were secretly married in the drawing room of the bride's house in Dumbarton. Baxter decided to be “entirely honest” with Robertson and told her about his “true sexual predilection”. Moira died of an overdose, aged 69. Stanley managed to survive the threat to his career – just – and Moira, as expected stood by her man. Meanwhile, Moira had landed part-time work with a milliner – but it didn’t seem to hold her interest. Stanley Baxter as TV antiques expert Arthur Negus. “I thought, ‘My career will never survive this. Their new home, a large ground-floor flat, at 73 Clouston Street, was just a few doors along from Moira’s previous flat. STANLEY Baxter has come out as gay, revealing for the first time that his marriage was a façade. “I was apprehensive about getting involved for all the obvious reasons. 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. They would meet for lunch every day. Kenneth Williams certainly thought so. 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. Moira meanwhile, had pushed aside question marks against Stanley’s sexuality, partly because she adored her boyfriend and loved his talent. “Anybody would be insane to choose to live such a very difficult life,” Baxter said in the book. In 1949, it was illegal to be gay and entrapment of homosexual men by covert police officers was common. After all, she was with the man she adored. 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 … Readers’ comments: You are personally liable for the content of any comments you upload to this website, so please act responsibly. Why did Stanley agree to marry Moira? After all, the pair had spent endless hours discussing sexuality, preferences and honesty. Post moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. His biographer Brian Beacom examines why the brilliant Scots entertainer with a thousand faces refused to show his real one to the world. Stanley Baxter at the recording of his 2014 BBC Radio 4 show 'The Stanley Baxter Playhouse'. “It was all I ever dreamed of.”. Should I have taken her to Cyprus? But unknown to the world, Granny and the eponymous hero had decided to marry. But Stanley couldn’t contain his sexual frustrations. 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 hope you've really thought about how important it is.’, “And I said nonchalantly, ‘Oh, not nowadays. 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. She then went to their new Glasgow flat to cook spaghetti for his supper." He is an actor and writer, known for The Stanley Baxter Moving Picture Show (1974), Crooks Anonymous (1962) and The Fast Lady (1962). He married his wife, Moira, in 1951. In January, 1962, he was focused hard on his career. The Real Stanley Baxter, by Brian Beacom. He was married for 46 years, but beneath his cheerful exterior lies a man tortured by the fact he is gay. Meanwhile, on January 15, 1951, the engagement became national news, yet this didn’t really register with Stanley. Contribute. Baxter had married Moira Robertson, an actress at the Citizen’s Theatre, in the early Fifties. I’m gay: Stanley Baxter, 94, braveley tells all about the sexuality he still wrestles with and the guilt he feels about wife who took her life . I shouldn't have done, but I did. "Stanley Baxter and his wife Moira were secretly married in the drawing room of the bride's house in Dumbarton. The critics loved it. Get involved with the news in your community, This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice. “Moira didn't ever leap anywhere,’ he says softly. 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. They remained married until her death in 1997. His wife Moira, from whom he was separated, was tormented by mental illness and had attempted suicide by cutting her wrists in the bath. If she did, she never let on. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Just a couple of years later he landed a five-picture deal with Rank Films. He reckoned it would at least a few years before the couple arrived at Wedding Central. 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. “I had felt the relationship simply had to stop, so I broke it off. It wasn’t like theatres of today, which are heavily populated with gay people. A year later, on March 5, 1952, the train sped west to Moira’s parents’ home in Dumbarton for the ceremony. And then he met Moira, this soft-spoken chic young woman with the Bette Davis eyes. “She wandered, like Ophelia through Hamlet, but she would have moved to the ends of the earth for me.”. But over the years, Moira’s mental health issues worsened. “I told her my preference and said, ‘That’s why I am breaking off the relationship. And I said ‘Well, it does worry me. As spring approached, Stanley saw even more of the woman with the hooded eyes, even taking her along to his parents’ home at 5 Wilton Mansions in Glasgow's Kelvinside. I never wanted to be gay. Alec Guinness and John Gielgud had both been charged with Importuning. “I told her my preference and said: ‘That’s why I am breaking off the relationship. And the decision may have played a part his wife’s untimely death. Now 89 and widowed – his wife Moira died in 1997 – he’ll be remembered by most people for his comedy work and impressions. It was more than weakness. I felt vulnerable. The pair developed a closeness that meant when they weren't working they enjoyed a movie or dinner together. And she never knew of the window ledge incident. Moira’s role, however, was reduced from Actress to Wife. He had to get on with his life. Moira wrote him a very sane and balanced letter. In the front room of Moira Robertson’s parents’ home in Dumbarton, Stanley slowly, cautiously, uttered the words “I do.” He failed to convince. What could he do? 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. He later lived in Highgate, North London. But just weeks later he realised he had boarded a runaway train. He is an actor and writer, known for The Stanley Baxter Moving Picture Show (1974), The Fast Lady (1962) and Crooks Anonymous (1962). Early on, Stanley had hinted at his preference to Moira. Stanley reckoned his wife's place was in the home. However, it was Moira who was determined to take the relationship to the next stage. “And the sex was ‘fine’ – not rockets going off or anything.”. Two years into the marriage, relations with Moira were "fine", but the sex was dwindling. 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! Gay men up and down the UK lived in constant fear of having their careers and lives wrecked. “I sat on the edge of the bed and sobbed my heart out,’” he admits. 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. One night on his way home he was arrested after being entrapped by North London police in a toilet and charged with Importuning. I kept getting those sheep’s eyes every time she passed me in the theatre and she appeared to be heartbroken. The Scottish actor came out in a new authorised biography, titled The Real Stanley Baxter, written by Brian Beacom. Stanley weighed up what this all meant. “I believed that no-one in our family should be anything but a star.”. 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. Yet, I had all sorts of excuses for developing a relationship. Stanley knew he was gay. “There are many gay people these days who are fairly comfortable with their sexuality, fairly happy with who they are. And why shouldn't he? 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. I felt I had to be very careful not to allow anyone a glimpse of my predilection.”. His performance of Eager Young Husband was the worst he would give in his life. He had indeed dreamed of being a professional actor since appearing on stage as a seven-year-old at local talent contests. And although she was a good cook, she wasn't very good at washing. Stanley Baxter is one of the most successful entertainers of his generation and for many years had his own Bafta-winning TV series. It was all very selfish of me and a bit macho. But of course I should have been stronger. And as the years progressed, the medicated Moira and Stanley became close again. He was previously married to Moira Robertson. Stanley Baxter is one of the most successful entertainers of his generation and for many years had his own Bafta-winning TV series. The Stanley Baxter Playhouse ran on Radio 4 from 2006 until 2014. “My mother didn’t think any woman was good enough for me [Bessie Baxter’s principal purpose in life was to grow a showbiz star] but there was more to her criticism of Moira. He was married for 46 years until his wife's death in 1997 of an overdose while he was overseas. Bringing the very best to his latest film role, Crooks Anonymous, starring alongside Julie Christie and Leslie Philips. And wasn’t marriage about compromise? Moira tried to take her own life on two occasions. It said, words to the effect of, 'I'll let you off if you don't want to marry me'. He says: “Did she carry some hope that I would get off the plane, rush round and save her again? This then affected his 46-year marriage with wife Moira Baxter. Celebs you didn’t know have an LGBT sibling, “I was going to top myself,” he said. She once flew to Belfast to be "reunited with the spirit of [theatre director] Tyronne Guthrie." I still don’t.”. 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