Cherri Gilham

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Not to be confused with Cheryl Gillan.

Cherri Gilham also known as Cheryl Gilham,[1] also known as Cherry Gilham, also known as Cheryl G DeMille, Born December, 31st 1944 is a former comedy actress, who was one of the first Page 3 girls and is now a writer, musician and video producer.

Biography[edit]

Modeling and acting career[edit]

Cherri Gilham appeared often on Page 3 in the Daily Mirror and The Sun from 1972 to 1975. She worked with many of the top UK comedians in the 1970s including Benny Hill,[2] Dick Emery, The Two Ronnies, Frankie Howard, Jimmy Tarbuck, Dave Allen, Mike Yarwood, and Bernie Winters. She was also a hostess on TV shows: Maid of the Month for several months on The Golden Shot. Sky's the Limit with Hughie Green.

In 1972, Gilham found herself in the eye of a media storm when her fiancee, a wealthy Arab prince, Prince Abdulmajid Bin Saud Bin Abdulaziz, decided he could not marry her as his family would disinherit him. She was informed that her imminent marriage was off by glaring headlines in the broadsheet Daily Express Hickey column. Her quote at the time caused wry debate: "If a little thing like three million pounds worries him then I don't think I'd want to marry him anyway".

In the 1970s Gilham contributed sketches to the Benny Hill Show and Ronnie Barker. In 1976, she was part of a band formed by music mogul Peter Collins called Madison. They were signed to Magnet Records which was owned by Michael Levy now Lord Levy. The song reached 54 in the charts.

In 1965, Cherri Gilham danced behind a screen on Top of The Pops. She also made her first acting appearance in "On the Braden Beat" in a skit with Bernard Braden. She featured in an episode of As Time Goes By in 1992 with Judi Dench. She has appeared in numerous TV and radio programs and in the media in subjects covering Page 3,[3] Mistresses, Child abuse, Fluffy Club.

In 1991, Gilham turned her hand to photography and photo-journalism. She did portraits (photographic and written) of Clive Anderson, Oliver Reed, Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller, and Peter Stringfellow for various publications. She photographed the Marquess of Bath for his first inclusion in Hello Magazine and wrote the interview. She 'discovered' Tamara Beckwith and the photograph she placed of her in the Daily Mail Dempster Diary was used by Tatler and launched Miss Beckwith's 'career' as an 'it girl'.

Writing[edit]

Gilham's professional writing career took flight in The Guardian newspaper in 1993 when she unceremoniously dumped her then boyfriend The Marquess of Bath (she was his 54th Wifelet) in a column in that newspaper. She then went on to write further articles for The Guardian, The Observer,[4] Daily Mirror, Sunday People, Evening Standard[5] and became a regular contributor to The Daily Mail, chronicling her former life as a Page Three Girl, her times as a Private Detective in the 1960s and 1990s, seeing John Lennon smoke his first joint,[6] and her relationships with various comedians.

Activism[edit]

In 1997 Gilham founded The Fluffy Club, a joke women's movement to help women stop being strident and emasculating men. It was supposed to be an antidote to the Spice Girls who were proclaiming at the time that girls were better than boys. She was severely lambasted by feminists who thought she was damaging their cause and who objected to her suggestion of using feminine wiles to get what you want from men. She coined the word 'Fluffragette', (a supporter of the Fluffy Club), which has now entered an English dictionary.[7] She wrote a regular column called 'Cherri's Secret Diary' in Hot Gossip Ezine in which she championed the innocence of Colin Stagg, who had been accused of the murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common in 1992. He has now been exonerated.

In May 2005, Gilham stood against Prime Minister Tony Blair in his Sedgefield constituency, as a candidate for the Pensioners Party on an anti-war ticket.[8] On Election night she stood on the platform next to Tony Blair wearing a hat which said "BLIAR".[9] Blair was oblivious to this for 20 minutes whilst the world's press were capturing the moment.[10] None of his people could alert him. The picture went round the world and became the Guardian's iconic picture for May 2005.

Personal life[edit]

Gilham has one son, a musician, DJ and music producer known as Lord Fader of The Loose Cannons.[11] She is currently writing her memoirs which she is entitling 'MENOIRS' as it is about some of the men in her life and their importance to her emotional and spiritual growth. She is considering having it published posthumously. As Cheryl G DeMille [12] she is now making short documentary films[13]

Health: On June 7, 2010 Gilham underwent a major operation for the removal of a rare tumour, called an insulinoma, Insulinoma in her pancreas. The histology report found no cancer and she has recuperated well.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cheryl Gilham at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 2008-03-12
  2. ^ "Benny's Place • Benny Hill - The Naughty Early Years - Complete & Unadulterated - Set 3 (1975-1977) Review". Runstop.de. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  3. ^ Catriona Wrottesley (May 28, 2000). "How the Page 3 Girls grew up ...". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  4. ^ Cherri Gilham. "The day Trigger bit my bum", The Observer, January 28, 2001]. Retrieved on 2008-03-12.
  5. ^ "Does the G-spot really exist?", Evening Standard, April 10, 2003. Retrieved on 2008-03-12.
  6. ^ Cherri Gilham. "Joint Accounts", The Observer, September 10, 2000. Retrieved on 2008-03-12.
  7. ^ "Words of 1997". World Wide Words. January 10, 1998. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  8. ^ "Gilham, Cherri". Ask Aristotle (London: The Guardian). Retrieved 2008-03-12. [dead link]
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "PM hears soldier's father attack". CNN. May 5, 2005. Archived from the original on 2008-03-09. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  11. ^ [2][dead link]
  12. ^ "River Thames- Rescue from Quicksand-silt". YouTube. 2012-01-13. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  13. ^ "Slutwalk". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 

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