Thursday November 2, 2006

Desperately Seeking Doreen

We received this email from Steve in the UK. Can you help?

I run a website devoted to the history of Marks & Co the shop made famous in the book by Helene Hanff. More details at

I am trying to trace a former member of the shop staff who had emigrated to Australia in the 1950’s.

She was living in the Mosman area in the early 1980s and was invited to attend the Australian premiere of the play of 84 Charing Cross Road at the Marian Street Theatre. The actress Elaine Lee remembers her being introduced to the cast. Her name was Doreen (Maiden name possibly Wellsbury, Wellsberry or even Wells) – her character in the play is named Megan Wells.

Someone must have been aware of Doreen’s association with the shop/play and someone must have issued the invitation. If anyone is able to assist me in my quest or knows of any other person or organisation that may be able to help I’d be pleased to hear from them.

Many thanks – steve [at]

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