THE TRUTH ABOUT THE BEATLES’ GIRLS JANE ASHER The following article is from 16 Magazine’s December 1965 issue featuring their chapter about Jane Asher in the Truth About The Beatles’ Girls series - which differs from the version published in UK Fabulous magazine. The WHOLE STORY OF JANE & PAUL Do they plan to share the magnificent house Paul bought in the middle London? Read the facts and decide for yourself! JANE ASHER and Paul McCartney met for the very first time early in the spring of 1963, in the lounge of the Royal Court Hotel in London. Jane had an assignment to tape an interview with the Beatles for the radio show she had at the time. The boys had just finished a concert and Brian Epstein had asked them to give Jane a few moments of their time. Though Jane was from a socially prominent London family, was a serious dramatic actress and a classical musician, she was thoroughly captivated by the spontaneity and wit of the irrespressible Beatles. She was a pop fan, but the Beatles were not then her favorites. After the interview, Jane politely thanked the boys and Brian and went off. She did not see them again until October, 1963 - seven months later!* (Jane and Paul spent the evening they met, April 18, 1963, talking for hours and began dating then. By October 1963 Paul was living full time at the Asher’s London home at 57 Wimpole Street when he wasn’t away on tours.) But second sight was enough for both Jane and Paul. This time it was backstage at the Royal Albert Hall.* Jane just dropped by to say hello. One thing led to another, and George and paul asked Jane to join them at a party they were headed for. Jane went along and those at the party said that both George and Paul were flirting with the red-haired London charmer. (*The Royal Albert Hall is where Jane first met Paul backstage on April 18, 1963 when she interviewed the Beatles for the Radio Times and then she was invited back to their hotel, The Royal Court.) Well, Paul won the hand of the lady, and by the end of 1963 they were definitely going steady - and did so since in spite of their “official” protests. In December of 1963 Paul and Jane went to see Never Too Late at the Prince of Wales Theatre. At the second intermission they were recognized by some of their fans as they stood outside the theatre. Someone followed them back in and soon a flash-bulb popped in the dark. Dead embarrassed, Paul and Jane rushed out and hurried to Jane’s quiet family home on Wimpole St., in the heart of London’s posh residential section. The next day all the newspapers were filled with pictures of Jane and Paul - and the inevitable one of them together. From then on, life became hectic for Jane (it had already been hectic for Paul). Inside the Asher home the phone kept ringing and female voices asked for Paul. Jane’s father, a doctor who had to have his phone number listed, found it very wearing. Jane was the first Beatle girl to become really well known, probably because she was already in the public eye for her fine acting ability, radio shows and appearances on Juke Box Jury on TV. Jane’s career began when she was five years old and played the part of a deaf girl in a movie called Mandy. She had worked regularly since then. One outstanding stint was on the series Robin Hood, when she co-starred with her older brother, Peter Asher. Later, Jane was introduced to American TV through the series The Saint and the movie The Masque Of The Red Death. She just completed several weeks as Eliza Doolittle in Shaw’s Pygmalion in London. In her private life, Jane is a slender, blue-eyed young lady (19) with long hair that Paul adores - the hair and the girl! She is a good conversationalist, a girl with decided and original views and a forthright but charming was of putting her opinions. She is well liked by all who know her. Despite the fact that she is a sophisticated and worldly person, she is still very human and understanding towards other people. Maybe this one of the reasons she is so popular with the Beatles’ fans. Of course, being loved by Beatle People can have its side effects, for there are many times when Jane worries if she is noticed and liked because of herself, her talent and and her work - or because she is a “part” of Paul McCartney. She agrees that just about everyone who likes Paul would be inclined to like those around him, but she secretly hopes that she can carve her name in the heavens of the bright stars by using her very own talent! Paul and Jane are well suited to each other, as both are mature and straightforward and, under all their charm, have a take-it-or-leave-it attitude which gains them considerable respect from the press and the fans. Well, Paul has bought that magnificent house in the middle of London and it is time to face the fact that he certainly doesn’t plan live there all by himself. The fans who really love Paul wouldn’t want it that way, anyway - and those fans who can’t accept Jane as a part of Paul’s life don’t really love him as much as they pretend to. He has given much, almost all, of himself to the public. That public should be only too glad to give Paul all the happiness he can find. * * * * Photo of Jane Asher taken on June 25, 1964 in London’s Regent’s Park.