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Maria Aitken

Sue Lawley's castaway is actress Maria Aitken.

This week's Desert Island Discs castaway is actress Maria Aitken, who will be talking to Sue Lawley about her current reputation as the finest exponent of Noel Coward's leading ladies and her film roles; among them John Cleese's wife in A Fish Called Wanda. She'll also be discussing her many other careers as writer, chatshow hostess and journalist.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Duet (from La Traviata) by Giuseppe Verdi
Book: Fun in a Chinese Laundry by Josef von Sternberg
Luxury: Amazonian rain maker

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 23 Jun 1989 09:05

Music Played

  • Diane Langton

    Mad About The Boy

  • The Andrews Sisters

    Three Little Fishes

    • andrews Sisters.
    • Rediffusion.
  • Heartbreak Hotel

  • Tom Rall

    Always True To You In My Fashion

    Artist: Ann Miller

    • Kiss Me Kate / Original Soundtrack.
    • CBS.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Duet (from La traviata)

      Soloist: Ileana Cotrubas, Placido Domingo Orchestra: The Bayerisches Staatsorchester

      • La Traviata.
      • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

    Soloist: Vladimir Ashkenazy

  • Harolyn Blackwell

    Summertime

    Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Porgy & Bess.
    • EMI.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Pie Jesu (from Requiem)

    Choir: The St.Philips Choir

    • Sing For Ever/ St Philips Choir.
    • BBC Records.
  • Book Choice

    • Fun in a Chinese Laundry - Josef von Sternberg

  • Luxury Choice

    • Amazonian rain maker

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Maria Aitken

Broadcasts

  • Sun 18 Jun 1989 12:15
  • Fri 23 Jun 1989 09:05

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