Author Details: Maureen Paton

Too old to break a taboo?

Are you fired up by Fifty Shades and fancy a different way to stay fit? Belly-dancing is the answer, claims Maureen Paton, who shares with us its bountiful benefits I came very late to the idea of exercise, having ignored it for decades until I reached an ‘interesting’ age and realised I urgently needed it. […]

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“I’ve always been naughty – making people laugh is a very powerful ?thing to do”

Miriam Margolyes talks to Maureen Paton about her hunger for success, swimming to stay fit, and her hopes of growing old disgracefully After two outrageous recent appearances on the Graham Norton Show, she has become a YouTube hit at the age of 71. In an astonishingly productive 50-year career, she has worked with everyone from […]

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Putting the fun into fitness

It’s no surprise that exercise is important, but how can we keep it interesting? Belly-dancing is the answer, claims Maureen Paton, who shares with us its bountiful benefits I came very late to the idea of exercise, having ignored it for decades until I reached an ‘interesting’ age and realised I urgently needed some elder-exercise […]

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This Life, Lesley Garrett

The straight-talking diva from Donny on classical girl power, Botox and why she would still strip off on stage in her sixth decade. Lesley Garrett is one of those women who, when they say they are comfortable in their body, you really believe that they mean it. Chatty, cheerful and busy with a string of […]

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This life, Wilbur Smith

He’s known for his dashing, daring heroes and Maureen Paton discovers that Wilbur Smith’s own 79 years have had more than their fair share of adventure, travel and romance The statistics of Wilbur Smith’s success as an author are as breathtaking as his derring-do plots. Since his debut novel, When the Lion Feeds, was first […]

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This life, Celia Imrie

She started in soft porn and showed us her bakewells on stage. But as she nears 60, Celia Imrie tells Maureen Paton that the role of retiree is not one she’ll take on anytime soon She’s the character actress who became a star. Instantly recognisable with that expressively long upper lip and inimitable upper-crust drawl, […]

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This life Cherie Lunghi

From football manager to high-class madam – Cherie Lunghi talks to Maureen Paton Cherie Lunghi has always been ahead of her time. In a prolific 46-year career, the actress who doesn’t “do sheepish” easily has patented the strong yet feminine type on screen, above all as the first female manager of a professional British football […]

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From the silver screen to the Street

He’s played presidents, conmen, billionaires and spies, and off-set Robert Vaughn is equally happy in a variety of roles – author, academic, teacher and, most of all, actor Even by the very starry standards set by celebrity CVs, Robert Vaughn’s employment record is something of a blockbuster in its own right. He’s the star of […]

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Ready for the next chapter

Campaigner, broadcaster, writer and reality TV star – Esther Rantzen has never shied away from reinventing herself and, at the age of 71, has new challenges in her sights There are far worse places to be on a sunny afternoon than on Esther Rantzen’s two-tiered roof terrace, gazing out at the panoramic view over north […]

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There is nothing like a dame . . .

. . . and there’s no one like Joan Bakewell. From ’60s chick to campaigner for the elderly, she’s still making news after five decades in the spotlight It’s a measure of just how busy Joan Bakewell continues to be that it took me three attempts to schedule this interview. Not that the 78-year-old broadcaster […]

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