Friday, May 2, 2014

Monica Rose -- Sky's the Limit

Rose and Green.
Born in London on February 11, 1948, the 4 foot, 9 inch tall Cockney was a 15-year-old junior accounts clerk when, in 1964, she was given tickets to Hughie Green's popular ITV quiz show Double Your Money.  Selected as a contestant from the studio audience, Rose only won 8 pounds but so impressed Green with her vibrant personality that he invited her back as a guest hostess six weeks later.  She stayed on the show for three years, toured with Green in a stage act based on the program's format, and even gave a Royal Variety Performance before leaving to escape the pressures of stardom.  She was reunited with Green in Sky's the Limit (1971-1974), a game show in which contestants could win free air miles plus spending money.  After the show ended, the popular performer put together a song and dance cabaret act, but left show business for good in 1977.

Three years later, Rose was admitted to a hospital suffering from depression and nervous exhaustion.  Shortly afterward, she married a Baptist lay minister, became a Christian, and took a job as a cashier in a supermarket near their home in Leicester.  On February 8, 1994, after suffering ill health for several years, Rose, 45, killed herself with a combination of anti-depressants and painkillers in her home in Whetstone, Leicestershire.

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