Avis Scott 

23 March 2017 tbs.pm/11274

From The Television Annual for 1955, published by Odhams Press.

When, after two studio tests, the BBC appointed Avis Scott a relief announcer, the success put her in a quandary. As an actress, she was due to play the feminine lead in the Norman Wooland TV serial, The Dancing Bear. As an actress, too, she had reaped some success on the London stage and in such films as Waterfront —appearing with Richard Burton and Robert Newton.

But she had asked for the TV announcing tests because stage and film work had lapsed so seriously that she had been earning her keep as a waitress. Miss Scott went into the TV studio as a relief announcer realizing that she would not be able to play in the TV serial, but hopeful that appearances on the screen would jog the memory of the film and theatre managements about her talents.

Her first spell of announcing duty did just this. She was offered two film parts. But again there was that twist of fate, for her success at announcing brought her a second announcing spell — and the dates of this clashed with the offered film work. So that she had to decline, too.

A great deal of publicity fell at Avis Scott’s feet as a result of her TV appearances. She was called “this wide-eyed zany” and “that delightful forgetter of lines.” Certainly her unorthodox announcing method introduced variety into this familiar field of TV action — and even opened up new possibilities. But, ideally, Miss Scott would rather work as an actress — in TV, on the films, and on the stage — and take a turn at relief announcing at Lime Grove only once or twice a year.

That might be the perfect life. So rarely is life perfect. And this she knows only too well.

Avis Scott is the daughter of a country rector, is thirty-one, and unmarried.

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3 responses to this article

Alan Keeling 24 March 2017 at 11:18 am

I once saw Avis Scott in an episode of Stryker of the Yard.

Michael Aston 4 May 2017 at 3:28 pm

I met Avis Scott in June 2017 in Fort Collins Colorado where she had been living since the late nineties. The Bas Bleu Theatre there was hosting “An Evening With Avis Scott” as a fund raiser. There was a cocktail meet-and-greet followed by a question and answer session with Miss Scott in the main theatre. After this her movie “Waterfront” was shown. I spent some time with her and was seated next to her during the showing. She was a very interesting person and had some unusual stories to tell of England during the second world war when she was an ambulance driver. She was 89 years old at the time and still very attractive.

M. Aston 4 May 2017 at 3:29 pm

Should be JUNE 2007

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