On Friday evening I was extremely honoured to take a 1970s’ film legend out to dinner in Kensington. Suzy Mandel – the star of numerous classic sexploitation movies including Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976), Come Play with Me (1977), The Playbirds (1978) and Stanley Long’s Adventures of a Plumber’s Mate (1978) – was making a very rare trip to England.
Although raised in Kent and Essex, Suzy has lived in the USA for nearly 40 years and she last visited her homeland in 1999. She started her career as a fashion model before moving into television and film, encouraged by her grandmother. Her first ‘saucy’ film role was in 1976’s Intimate Games, and Suzy’s appearance so impressed comedian Benny Hill that he approached her to appear in his top-rated Thames Television sketch show in January 1977. Suzy subsequently became one of the most sought-after glamour actresses in Britain, and was twice paired up with Mary Millington on screen in David Sullivan-produced movies. She would’ve made it a hat-trick as David offered her a role in Confessions from the David Galaxy Affair (1979), but Suzy had to decline when she moved abroad.
Suzy is warm, very funny and full of great stories and myself, my producer Claire and Suzy’s good friend Dee have all been trying to persuade her to return home to England on a more permanent basis!
Thanks, Suzy, for a wonderful night out. We hope to see you again soon.
All words and photograph strictly © Simon Sheridan 2017