Richard Raymond Willis
Major Richard Raymond Willis VC was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Willis from Woking, was educated at Harrow School and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, he was commissioned in 1897, joined the 2nd Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers in India was posted with them to the Sudan for the Mahdist War. Willis was 38 years old and a captain in the 1st Battalion the Lancashire Fusiliers, during the First World War, when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross. On 25 April 1915 west of Cape Helles, Turkey, three companies and the Headquarters of the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, when landing on W Beach, were met by a deadly fire from hidden machine-guns which caused a large number of casualties; the survivors, rushed up and cut the wire entanglements notwithstanding the terrific fire from the enemy and after overcoming supreme difficulties, the cliffs were gained and the position maintained.
Captain Willis was one of the six members of the regiment elected for the award, the others being Cuthbert Bromley, John Elisha Grimshaw, William Kenealy, Alfred Joseph Richards and Frank Edward Stubbs. Willis achieved the rank of Major, his Victoria Cross is displayed at the Fusilier Museum in Bury, Lancashire and, under the auspices of This England magazine, a bronze memorial plaque was unveiled by his daughter at Cheltenham Crematorium in September, 2002. Monuments to Courage The Register of the Victoria Cross VCs of the First World War - Gallipoli VC sale details Location of grave and VC medal Richard Raymond Willis at Find a Grave
Kate O'Mara was an English film and television actress, writer. O'Mara made her stage debut in a 1963 production of The Merchant of Venice, her other stage roles included Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Cleopatra in Antony & Cleopatra, Goneril in King Lear and Marlene Dietrich in Lunch with Marlene. Her films included two 1970 Hammer Horror films: The Vampire Lovers and The Horror of Frankenstein. On television, she had regular roles in The Brothers and Howards' Way, portrayed the recurring part of the Rani in Doctor Who. O'Mara played Caress Morell, the scheming sister of Alexis Colby in the American primetime soap opera Dynasty in 1986, she appeared as Jackie Stone in two episodes of the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. O'Mara was born Frances Meredith Carroll to John F. Carroll, an RAF flying instructor, actress Hazel Bainbridge, her younger sister is actress Belinda Carroll. After boarding school she attended art school before becoming a full-time actress. O'Mara made her stage debut in a production of The Merchant of Venice in 1963, although her first film role was some years earlier in Home and Away with Jack Warner, as her father, Kathleen Harrison.
Her earliest television appearances, in the 1960s, included guest roles in Danger Man, Adam Adamant Lives!, The Saint, Z-Cars and The Avengers. In 1970, she appeared in two Hammer Studio horror films: The Vampire Lovers and The Horror of Frankenstein. In the former, she had an erotically charged scene with Ingrid Pitt, in which O'Mara was meant to be seduced. O'Mara's work in The Vampire Lovers impressed Hammer enough for them to offer her a contract, which she turned down, fearful of being typecast, she had a regular role in the BBC drama series The Brothers as Jane Maxwell, in the early 1980s, O'Mara starred in the BBC soap opera Triangle, sometimes counted among the worst television series made. She played the villainous Rani in Doctor; the character, as played by O'Mara, appeared in two serials, The Mark of the Rani and Time and the Rani and the Doctor Who 30th Anniversary Special Dimensions in Time, part of the Children in Need charity event. Between these appearances in Doctor Who, she played Caress Morell in the American primetime soap opera Dynasty.
As the sister of Alexis Colby, O'Mara appeared in 17 episodes of the sixth season and 4 episodes of the seventh during 1986. "We had a tremendous bitchy tension between us", the actress recalled about performing opposite Collins. “My character Caress was like an annoying little mosquito who just kept coming back and biting her.” O'Mara disliked living in California, preferring the change of seasons in Britain, to her relief was released from her five-year contract after Collins told the producers that having two brunettes in the series was a bad idea. After returning to the UK, she was cast as another scheming villain, Laura Wilde, in the BBC soap Howards' Way. O'Mara spoke on several occasions about her experience with the casting couch. On an episode of The Word in 1994, O'Mara claimed that American producer Judd Bernard pulled down her panties during a hotel-room audition for the Elvis Presley vehicle Double Trouble. In her autobiography Vamp Until Ready: A Life Laid Bare, O'Mara described this incident and "many other close encounters with... this unpleasant and humiliating procedure", including with a well-known television casting director, the boss of Associated Television at Elstree Studios, the director of Great Catherine.
O'Mara continued to make television appearances throughout the 1990s, including Cluedo, playing Jackie Stone in two episodes of Absolutely Fabulous. In 2001, she had a recurring role in the ITV prison drama series Bad Girls before appearing in the short-lived revival of the soap opera Crossroads, she continued to perform on stage and in March 2008 she played Marlene Dietrich in a stage play entitled Lunch with Marlene. From August to November 2008, she played Mrs Cheveley in Oscar Wilde's stage play An Ideal Husband directed by Peter Hall and produced by Bill Kenwright, she performed in audio plays. In 2000 she reprised her role as the Rani in the BBV audio play The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind, in 2006 she made a guest appearance in the radio comedy series Nebulous. In 2012, O'Mara appeared in a theater adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile, she became a animal rights activist. O'Mara was married twice, first to Jeremy Young in 1966. In 1993, she married Richard Willis, but the marriage was dissolved in 1996.
She had two sons, Dickon Young and Christopher Linde, both from previous relationships, although Dickon took his stepfather's surname. She gave up Linde for adoption and he was named by his adoptive parents and Joy Linde. Christopher, from whom the actress was long estranged, was born from her relationship with actor David Orchard. Dickon, whose biological father was actor Ian Cullen, was a stage manager for the Royal Shakespeare Company before setting up his own company building tree-houses in the mid-1990s, he was found hanged, a presumed suicide, at the family home in Long Marston, Warwickshire on 31 December 2012, after previous suicide attempts. O'Mara was hospitalised with pneumonia at the time of her son's death and his body was not discovered for three weeks. O'Mara wrote four books, two novels (When She Was Bad and Good Tim
Richard Willis (publicist and agent)
Richard Willis was a publicist, general manager, scenario editor and poet. By 1912 he was scenario editor for the Nestor Motion Picture Company in Los Angeles; when Nestor merged into Universal, Willis became scenario editor for Universal. He left Universal in 1913 and joined with W. A. Inglis to found Willis & Inglis, an agency offering publicity, representation and bookings within the motion picture industry. Willis & Inglis claimed they were "the first to do personal publicity for the photoplayers in the west" and "the first agency on the west coast to become established as an institution negotiating business between producers and artists." Among the many screen artists represented by Willis & Inglis were actors Mary Pickford, John Gilbert, Charles Ray, Norma Talmadge, Lon Chaney, Sr. and directors D. W. Griffith, Henry King, Frank Borzage, William Desmond Taylor. During 1914-1917 Richard Willis wrote columns and articles published in the New York Clipper, Movie Pictorial, Motion Picture Magazine, other publications, sometimes writing under the name Dick Willis, Dick Melbourne, or Wil.
In 1917, Willis & Inglis bought the old Kalem Studio at 1425 Fleming St. Los Angeles, produced several Fay Tincher comedies for World Film Company leased the studio to producer Jesse D. Hampton. In 1920 the studio was taken over by Charles Ray Productions, with Richard Willis as Vice-President and General Manager. Willis served as treasurer of the Photoplay Authors League and the Screen Writers Guild, he died in Los Angeles on April 8, 1945
Richard Storrs Willis
Richard Storrs Willis was an American composer of hymn music. His best known melody is the one called Carol; this is the standard tune, in the United States, though not in Great Britain, of the much-loved hymn "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear", with lyrics by Edmund Sears. He was a music critic and journal editor. Willis, whose siblings included Nathaniel Parker Willis and Fanny Fern, was born on February 10, 1819, in Boston, Massachusetts, he attended Chauncey Hall, the Boston Latin School, Yale College where he was a member of Skull and Bones in 1841. Willis went to Germany, where he studied six years under Xavier Schnyder and Moritz Hauptmann. After returning to America, Willis served as music critic for the New York Tribune, The Albion, The Musical Times, for which he served as editor for a time, he joined the New-York American-Music Association, an organization which promoted the work native of naturalized American composers. He reviewed the organization's first concert for their second season, held December 30, 1856, in the Musical World, as a "creditable affair, all things considered".
Willis began his own journal, Once a Month: A Paper of Society, Belles-Lettres and Art, published its first issue in January 1862. Willis died on May 7, 1900, his interment was located in Detroit. His works and music compilations include: Church Chorals and Choir Studies Our Church Music Waif of Song Pen and Lute The Book of World Famous Music, Popular and Folk, by James Fuld; the Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Church, by Charles Nutter and Wilbur Tillett Works by or about Richard Storrs Willis at Internet Archive Richard Storrs Willis at Find a Grave Richard Storrs Willis Free scores by Richard Storrs Willis in the Choral Public Domain Library