Britain’s most loved twin act The Bensaid Twins to hold book launch
PUBLISHED: 10:03 30 June 2014 | UPDATED: 10:15 30 June 2014
The Bensaid Twins, also known as Britain’s leading twin act of all time, are to launch their memoir at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley next week.
Peggie and Mollie Bensaid from Chislehurst have spent their lives entertaining thousands on the stage.
But it all started at the New Theatre, which preceded the Bromley’s current theatre, way back in 1936.
As teenagers the girls joined Beam’s Breezy Babes, a juvenile dance troupe, and in 1938 they became Ovaltinies, touring all round Britain. Later, managed by Joan Collins’ dad, Joseph, Mollie and Peggie were recognised as Britain’s leading twin act.
Their 10-minute dance and acrobatics showcase was a hit across the country.
During the Second World War, Mollie and Peggie estimate they performed 1,200 times.
After the war, performances at the Palladium followed with Tessie O’Shea and Tommy Trinder, and in 1954 they formed The Three Buffoons, Britain’s only girl clowns, working with Laurel and Hardy, Shirley Bassey and Tommy Cooper.
Today, the twins live happily together in their Chislehurst home.
The Bensaid twins’ charming memoir takes you on a joyful journey encapsulating 70 years on the stage.
The July 9 book launch is from 2-4pm at the Churchill Theatre Bromley, High Street, Bromley.