FROM POLNAREFF TO MISS WORLD
"This sacred so special man, so kind, so sensitive, so gifted, so funny, so classy, so fanciful, so alive!" - A Fan, 2016
T H U R S D A Y, 1 6 N O V
I was just about to get out of bed when Ma shouted up, “there’s a letter for you from France in an envelope addressed by yourself.” I whizzed down, to find a signed photograph of Polnareff!! It must be because of the letters I left him at Nice and Beaulieu!! I don't suppose he knew this particular one was for me, but still, it’s rather fab. Anya was pretty envious when I got to school.
Went home; got the little bus at Hedge Corner. No-one was in - Ma and Chump in London. I played Polnareff LP and had a big tea. Then the phone rang and the girl on the switchboard said she was trying to put someone through, and that he had a foreign voice. So he got through and this Polnareff-type voice said, “Is Mrs Boissevain there please?” I practically swooned. But it was the Polish boy at the office.
Mummy came back with the most gorgeous long white skirt and black velvet top, she looks beautiful.
About 8.15 out of pure chance I happened to put France Inter on and this chap was interviewing a singer. He had a super voice rather like Polnareff's, and what’s more, he gabbled in the same way. It was Polnareff! He was on till 9 so I had my dinner up in my room.
He was in such a gorgeous mood, and sounded even keener than ever, just like when we met him. He said he goes out nearly every evening to night-clubs and gets back at 3 or 4 in the morning. He was wearing dark glasses (as usual) and the interviewer asked him why. He replied: “because it’s sunny”!!! He says he smokes five packets of cigarettes a day (which worries me a bit) but he never drinks alcohol, only milk.
So much Polnareffing in one day has made me quite miserable. I’m pining for him but we won’t see him for months. When I heard ‘Mes Regrets’ and ‘Dame Dame’ later, I could have cried.
Miss Peru won; she was my third favourite. My first two were Miss Argentina and Miss Czechoslovakia. The ugliest two were Miss USA and Miss England, in that order.
50 years ago today Ingrid joined 24m other Brits to watch Madeline Hartog-Bel from Peru win Miss World.