Frankie Howard was a ‘Man of his Time.’ I passed him in the road, walking in Holland Park in London. He was alone,head down and hands dug deep inside his overcoat pockets he wore. Being a prominent show-biz Gay in 1963 and onward, one tended to listen to the latest gossip. Promiscuity seemed to be a by-word where Frankie was concerned. I did not try to speak to Frankie in Holland Park. I somehow could’nt cotton to him phisically. One piece of gossip put about was Frankie bedded a young actor who was married. The young actor’s wife commited suicide days later. Comedian Bob Monkhouse complained about Frankie’s sexual advances on a TV ‘Look Back’ show. Still, I enjoyed the Howard humour for years.
news items like this, fill me with mixed emotions. This story illustrates being gay is above all a human celebratory expression of love, the love of those dear to us.
Graham: I don’t see where the celebration lies. Frankie Howerd openly admitted on a number of occasions he hated being gay. Not everyone is as happy with their lot as is led to believe by many on here.
I doubt weather you have ever been happy for anyone, including yourself. You are as shallow as they come but twice as nasty!
Brian: What *IS* your problem? I merely stated a reported fact. Nothing shallow or nasty about it. Maybe it’s just the fact doesn’t fit the way you think every gay man should be.
Its sad that Dennis has now passed on. But I think you would have to have lived in those times to really understand what it must have been like to be gay, let alone have a high profile. And maybe in a weak moment Frankie did say he wasnt happy being gay, but I am sure in later life he was. God bless them both ..
John in NZ
Whether Howard was happy or not with his sexuality, he had a partner and a son. That’s enough to be happy about