THIS WEEK IN 1980: Portsmouth star was killed in road crash

Portsmouth-born comedienne Audrey Jeans was killed in a road accident while on her honeymoon in France.

Wednesday, 23rd August 2017, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:35 am

The 48-year-old television and stage star married company director Cyril Giddy after her first marriage was dissolved earlier in the year.

Mr Giddy – who suffered a broken arm and leg in the accident at La Rochelle, south-west France – flew back to Britain, to a Surrey hospital.

Audrey Jeans worked with stars such as Danny Kaye, Tony Hancock, Jimmy Edwards and Ted Ray.

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She went on the stage as a teenager but after a year touring Australia with Arthur Askey, she ‘retired’ and became an assistant in a Portsmouth greengrocers.

After a year’s rest she changed her mind and returned to the world of show business, and was soon ‘stooging’ for Bob Hope at the London Palladium.