Kenny Everett

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Kenny Everett
Birth name Maurice James Christopher Cole
Born 25 December 1944(1944-12-25)
Seaforth, Lancashire, England[1]
Died 4 April 1995(1995-04-04) (aged 50)
London, England
Medium Radio, television
Nationality British
Years active 1962–95
Genres Character comedy,
surreal comedy, sketch
Influences Spike Milligan, Joe Meek, Delia Derbyshire, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Peter Cook, Vivian Stanshall, Frank Zappa
Influenced Chris Moyles, Chris Tarrant
Spouse Lee "Lady Lee" Middleton (m. 1966–1984) «start: (1966)–end+1: (1985)»"Marriage: Lee "Lady Lee" Middleton to Kenny Everett" Location: (linkback://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Everett) (divorced)[1]
Notable works and roles See below
Website http://www.kennyeverett.co.uk/

Kenny Everett (25 December 1944 – 4 April 1995) was a British comedian, radio DJ and television entertainer. Born Maurice James Christopher Cole, Everett is best known for his career as a radio DJ and for The Kenny Everett Video Show.

Personal life[change | change source]

Everett married singer Lee 'Lady Lee' Middleton (Billy Fury's former girlfriend) in 1966. By 1979 they had separated. In the mid-1980s, he publicly acknowledged his homosexuality.

Everett was told in 1989 that he had HIV. He went public with his illness in 1993.[2] He died from an AIDS-related illness in London on 4 April 1995, aged 50.[3]

Shows presented[change | change source]

The following is a list of the main shows Everett presented.

Radio[change | change source]

Television[change | change source]

Tributes & portrayals[change | change source]

On 18 November 2007, ITV1 broadcast a tribute show to Everett called Licence To Laugh. Friends and colleagues said what it was like to know and work with the man they affectionately called "Cuddly Ken". Additionally, current celebrities such as Chris Moyles and Chris Tarrant talked about their love for the outrageous entertainer. They shared the ways in which Everett had influenced them and their work. It also had archive footage.

In March 2010 the BBC said it was making a 90-minute TV biopic called Number One in Heaven. It was to be written by Tim Whitnall and focus on Everett's unhappiness at secondary school.[4]

In April 2012 the BBC said it was working on a 90-minute TV biopic called The Best Possible Taste. This would focus on the performer's relationship with his ex-wife, singer Lee Middleton.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Obituary:Kenny Everett", The Independent, 5 April 1995. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  2. Charmaz, Kathy; Howarth, Glennys; Kellehear, Allan (1997). The unknown country: death in Australia, Britain, and the USA. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 162. ISBN 978-0-312-16545-1. http://books.google.com/books?id=44HpMBgEZhgC&pg=PA162.
  3. "Transitions". The Advocate (Here Publishing) (681): 19. 16 May 1995. ISSN 0001-8996. http://books.google.com/books?id=y2MEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA19.
  4. Kenny Everett to return to TV as BBC announces plans for biopic 15 March 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  5. Kenny Everett biopic for BBC Four 03 April 2012. Retrieved 03 April 2012.

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