He is an actor and writer, known for The Stanley Baxter Moving Picture Show (1974), The Fast Lady (1962) and Crooks Anonymous (1962). Williams believed Stanley to be taking advantage of Moira and a traitor to the cause. Actor Stanley Baxter, 94, has bravely come out as gay and opened up about how his sexuality impacted his relationship with his wife Moira Robertson, who died in … “I thought, ‘My career will never survive this. Should I have taken her to Cyprus? Legendary actor Stanley Baxter has come out as gay aged 94 after 25 years of living as a virtual recluse. But unknown to the world, Granny and the eponymous hero had decided to marry. In fact, Mum showed her disapproval of Moira right from the start.”, Stanley agrees. See full bio » And the decision may have played a part his wife’s untimely death. Baxter said he was “apprehensive” when he and Robertson embarked on a romantic relationship, and said the “defining point” in his life came when she told him that she wanted to get married. Tragically, however, in 1997, the year Princess Diana died, Moira took her own life. There was a sort of obsession.”. And as the years progressed, the medicated Moira and Stanley became close again. The more I got to know of her I realised she was a lovely person, a woman of enormous heart.”. But over the years, Moira’s mental health issues worsened. “I told her my preference and said: ‘That’s why I am breaking off the relationship. However, Moira was very, very upset. Stanley would indeed come to regret it for the rest of his life. “My dad said ‘This is a very big step you're taking, Stanley. Breaking News. In the front room of Moira Robertson’s parents’ home in Dumbarton, Stanley slowly, cautiously, uttered the words “I do.” He failed to convince. "Stanley Baxter and his wife Moira were secretly married in the drawing room of the bride's house in Dumbarton. It’s hard to know if the invigorating sea air – or simply timing – resulted in Moira’s declaration, but she announced she wished to have a full-blown sexual relationship with her leading man. “I didn't think that she was ever going to make it very big and I suggested she give it up. In The Real Stanley Baxter, the Scottish star speaks openly about his sexuality and relationships for the first time, confirming that he is gay and revealing the truth about his complicated marriage with wife Moira. Moira wrote him a very sane and balanced letter. Meanwhile, Moira had landed part-time work with a milliner – but it didn’t seem to hold her interest. Erstklassige Nachrichtenbilder in hoher Auflösung bei Getty Images His late wife Moira knew he was gay before they married but struggled terribly with mental health and died of an overdose. Yes, as a 14-year-old he’d had a frolic with the maid (despite living in a West End tenement Bessie Baxter insisted upon live-in help) but this was an entirely new adventure. And then he met Moira, this soft-spoken chic young woman with the Bette Davis eyes. This would be NO life for you, married to someone who is essentially and primarily a homosexual.'”. Early on, Stanley had hinted at his preference to Moira. “I told her my preference and said, ‘That’s why I am breaking off the relationship. He lived there from the age of five until he married actress Moira Robertson at 26 years of age. Stanley and Moira (born Moira Robertson) on their honeymoon in London in 1952. Kenneth Williams certainly thought so. In the book, Baxter discussed his relationship with his wife Moira Robertson, who died in 1997, and opened up about the pain of hiding his lifelong attraction to men. Stanley reckoned his wife's place was in the home. Scottish actor and comedian Stanley Baxter outside the Clerkenwell Magistrates Court in London with his wife Moira, after being cleared of an act of public indecency, 30th March 1962. Stanley was up for the challenge. They were married for 46 years Baxter's wife Moira was troubled by mental illness. “My mother didn’t think any woman was good enough for me [Bessie Baxter’s principal purpose in life was to grow a showbiz star] but there was more to her criticism of Moira. But Stanley couldn’t contain his sexual frustrations. I’ve … “I tried to keep things calm and said, ‘Okay, okay, well if you want to get engaged, we could try it for a year or so and see what happens’.”, Just after the window ledge moment, Stanley was handed a Get Out of Jail Free card. He says: “Did she carry some hope that I would get off the plane, rush round and save her again? Early on she used to say, ‘That woman's following you around like a wee dug!’ And she was right. Baxter was brought up in the West End of Glasgow, in a tenement. The dark, often highly dramatic script of their life together began when he joined the Citz in 1948, shortly after being demobbed. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community. Fred Baxter, knowing his son was unconvincing in the role of Happy Groom, attempted a last-minute derailment. And since that time he hasn’t been able to surrender the thought had he not married the fragile, vulnerable woman she may have lived more of a happy life. This builder’s daughter and art school graduate was a clever and attractive, if rather ethereal, young woman. You can make a complaint by using the ‘report this post’ link . In the book The Real Stanley Baxter, it’s revealed by biographer Brian Beacom that Baxter has struggled with his sexuality all his life. But it was because I knew I'd made the biggest mistake of my life.”. Baxter had married Moira Robertson, an actress at the Citizen’s Theatre, in the early Fifties. I kept getting those sheep’s eyes every time she passed me in the theatre and she appeared to be heartbroken. “I sat on the edge of the bed and sobbed my heart out,’” he admits. Stanley Baxter is one of the most successful entertainers of his generation and for many years had his own Bafta-winning TV series. By the age of 14 when he became radio star he knew where his destiny lay. As spring approached, Stanley saw even more of the woman with the hooded eyes, even taking her along to his parents’ home at 5 Wilton Mansions in Glasgow's Kelvinside. And she never knew of the window ledge incident. “I was apprehensive about getting involved for all the obvious reasons. His heart raced as he rushed towards her and pulled her back. “There are many gay people these days who are fairly comfortable with their sexuality, fairly happy with who they are. He was married for 46 years until his wife's death in 1997 of an overdose while he was overseas. One night on his way home he was arrested after being entrapped by North London police in a toilet and charged with Importuning. A year later, on March 5, 1952, the train sped west to Moira’s parents’ home in Dumbarton for the ceremony. However, Robertson did not take the news as he expected, and he agreed to continue their relationship after she threatened to jump out the window of their second-floor apartment. We may then apply our discretion under the user terms to amend or delete comments. I never wanted to be gay. He is an actor and writer, known for The Stanley Baxter Moving Picture Show (1974), Crooks Anonymous (1962) and The Fast Lady (1962). Gay men up and down the UK lived in constant fear of having their careers and lives wrecked. The Scottish actor came out in a new authorised biography, titled The Real Stanley Baxter, written by Brian Beacom. You mustn't let that worry you’. And I did love her deeply, in my own way.”. “Moira chased Stanley,” says Stanley’s sister, Alice. “Moira asked me what was wrong and I said something about the emotion of it all. “She wandered, like Ophelia through Hamlet, but she would have moved to the ends of the earth for me.”. And wasn’t marriage about compromise? Stanley walked through the doors of the Gorbals theatre and into theatre heaven, loving this avant-garde world populated by the likes of Sybil Thorndyke and Duncan Macrae. The pulleys were always full of stuff.”, Moira was more Dora from David Copperfield than Glaswegian domestic goddess. The Scottish actor came out in a new authorised biography, titled The Real Stanley Baxter, written by Brian Beacom.. His biographer Brian Beacom examines why the brilliant Scots entertainer with a thousand faces refused to show his real one to the world. He later lived in Highgate, North London. And I said ‘Well, it does worry me. Kenneth asked Stanley what future he could expect if he married Moira Robertson. “By that time, I had so many tender feelings for her,’ he explains. After all, the pair had spent endless hours discussing sexuality, preferences and honesty. “It was all I ever dreamed of.”. “There's no doubt about that. In London, Stanley found immediate success with TV satire On The Bright Side. In 1959, Stanley realised the writing was on the wall for variety theatre in Scotland and moved to London. After all, she was with the man she adored. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here. By Stanley Baxter comes out as gay and admits he brought men home with wife\'s permission (Image: GETTY) Actor Stanley Baxter, 94, has bravely come out as gay and opened up about how his sexuality impacted his relationship with his wife Moira Robertson, who died in 1997. Stanley knew he was gay. “By that time, I had so many tender feelings for her. We do not pre-moderate or monitor readers’ comments appearing on our websites, but we do post-moderate in response to complaints we receive or otherwise when a potential problem comes to our attention. Celebs you didn’t know have an LGBT sibling, “I was going to top myself,” he said. He was previously married to Moira Robertson. The Stanley Baxter Playhouse ran on Radio 4 from 2006 until 2014. But Stanley, and Moira’s family, coaxed her to take medication. But what the Daily Express didn’t know was that when Stanley arrived home, with the sound of Saturday evening theatre applause still ringing in his ears, he broke down in tears. Then one night she invited me for my favourite spaghetti up to her little rented flat at 65 Clouston Street and I was seduced back into bed again.”, The appetite sated, Stanley reckoned the only way to break off the relationship once and for all was to be entirely honest with Moira. “Anybody would be insane to choose to live such a very difficult life,” Baxter said in the book. Stanley Baxter as TV antiques expert Arthur Negus. Stanley and Moira worked on a range of productions at the Citz together but the spring of 1949 saw the company move down to Ayr for the summer season and Stanley and Moira had lots of fun together. He married his wife, Moira, in 1951. I’m gay: Stanley Baxter, 94, braveley tells all about the sexuality he still wrestles with and the guilt he feels about wife who took her life . He said a few years ago: “I went into radio as a schoolboy at 14 and I would never have imagined that I’d still be doing it 76 years later. Two years into the marriage, relations with Moira were "fine", but the sex was dwindling. I’m not. However, he has now opened up about his life in a new book, The Real Stanley Baxter. Did Bessie Baxter have any idea of Stanley’s true sexuality? Stanley weighed up what this all meant. I shouldn't have done, but I did. What Williams didn’t know, however, was the pressure Stanley had been under. But had Moira truly leapt at the idea of leaving Glasgow and friends and family behind? “I guess I had come to really like Moira. But she ignored the signs. He reckoned it would at least a few years before the couple arrived at Wedding Central. I thought she would still be heartbroken. “The relationship made a sort of sense,” says Stanley. Moira tried to take her own life on two occasions. Those ads you do see are predominantly from local businesses promoting local services. Enter your email to receive a daily roundup of the top LGBT+ news stories. In 1962, he was arrested for soliciting in a public toilet. Yet, I had all sorts of excuses for developing a relationship. “I’ve often wondered how her life would have turned out had she married a devoted heterosexual husband.”, He adds, his voice breaking: “I will never know why she loved me so much. His wife Moira, from whom he was separated, was tormented by mental illness and had attempted suicide by cutting her wrists in the bath. The critics loved it. I felt vulnerable. Unknown to Stanley, Moira had ditched her medication and the demons raged again. But of course I should have been stronger. It was partly a feeling of ‘I'll show them’, that I could be as heterosexual as the rest of them.”. Baxter said he has lived the last 25 years as a virtual recluse in his London apartment as he “didn’t want to be seen as someone who was once Stanley Baxter”. Login to add information, pictures and relationships, join in discussions and get credit for your contributions. He told Moira the relationship was over. They would meet for lunch every day. “I had felt the relationship simply had to stop, so I broke it off. “However, Moira was very, very upset. And if I don’t have a career, what do I have?'”. This would be NO life for you, married to someone who is essentially and primarily homosexual!”’, Moira's reaction was surprising, even to those who knew how liberal she was. The Scottish actor came out in a new authorised biography, titled The Real Stanley Baxter, written by Brian Beacom. She once flew to Belfast to be "reunited with the spirit of [theatre director] Tyronne Guthrie." Moira meanwhile, had pushed aside question marks against Stanley’s sexuality, partly because she adored her boyfriend and loved his talent. Their new home, a large ground-floor flat, at 73 Clouston Street, was just a few doors along from Moira’s previous flat. Spouse (1) “I couldn’t entertain such a thought and I felt the relationship simply had to stop, so I broke it off,” Baxter said. But in joining the Citz and aiming for the stars (however small his initial parts were as an Assistant Stage Manager) the young actor realised his sexuality could prove to be his downfall. “She looked up at me, shrugged and said ‘Oh, I don't care about that at all. Stanley managed to survive the threat to his career – just – and Moira, as expected stood by her man. It was real weakness on my part.”. He was married for 46 years, but beneath his cheerful exterior lies a man tortured by the fact he is gay. He had his chance to make a clean break, to move on alone. “I thought she would be still be heartbroken. I still don’t.”. She now had to be a housewife, which she found very frustrating. Meanwhile, on January 15, 1951, the engagement became national news, yet this didn’t really register with Stanley. He remained married to Moira until her death. Baxter decided to be “entirely honest” with Robertson and told her about his “true sexual predilection”. But of course I should have been stronger. And why shouldn't he? His performance of Eager Young Husband was the worst he would give in his life. If you have a complaint about the editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then please contact the editor here. In 1949, it was illegal to be gay and entrapment of homosexual men by covert police officers was common. Published by Luath Press Ltd, £20. Stanley Baxter at the recording of his 2014 BBC Radio 4 show 'The Stanley Baxter Playhouse'. In the book, Baxter discussed his relationship with his wife Moira Robertson, who died in 1997, and opened up about the pain of hiding his lifelong attraction to men. After they were married, he and his wife had an arrangement where she would allow him to bring men home for sex. Alec Guinness and John Gielgud had both been charged with Importuning. This was the defining moment of Stanley’s life. Help us build our profile of Stanley Baxter! This then affected his 46-year marriage with wife Moira Baxter. Moira died of an overdose, aged 69. He had indeed dreamed of being a professional actor since appearing on stage as a seven-year-old at local talent contests. But he didn’t tackle the issue. Stanley Baxter is a member of the following lists: BAFTA winners (people), People from Glasgow and Scottish film actors.. He had to get on with it, focus on finishing the last 10 days of the panto season – and his last 10 days at the Citz. If she did, she never let on. Why did Stanley agree to marry Moira? Stanley had to move out, he says, for the sake of his own sanity. Readers’ comments: You are personally liable for the content of any comments you upload to this website, so please act responsibly. We could say that Baxter’s is an agony of the past. Experiences in the Far East during his concert party stint confirmed to the Scot where his heart lay. Contribute. She then went to their new Glasgow flat to cook spaghetti for his supper." Should he push aside the attention of this attractive, classy young woman? IN MARCH 1952, 26-year-old Stanley Baxter, recognised as the brightest young star in the Citizens’ Theatre Company, made a decision that was to shock his parents, stun his close friend Kenneth Williams and even surprise himself. In December at the Citz, Stanley and Moira starred in the Christmas panto Red Riding Hood (Stanley played Granny McNiven, Moira played Red Riding Hood). Post moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. But she did mention several times there was ‘something wrong’ with Moira, that her emotional balance wasn't quite right. I felt I had to be very careful not to allow anyone a glimpse of my predilection.”. “Moira didn't ever leap anywhere,’ he says softly. I don't think you know what you're talking about and I don't think you realise that the future will be bleak for you and difficult for me.’”, Stanley was adamant. Stanley asked the same question of himself – but pushed the answer aside. As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles. Each month we recycle over 2. STANLEY Baxter has come out as gay, revealing for the first time that his marriage was a façade. It was real weakness on my part,” Baxter said. "Stanley Baxter and his wife Moira were secretly married in the drawing room of the bride's house in Dumbarton. Suddenly, she raced to the front window of their second storey flat, opened it and climbed out onto the window ledge, yelling, ‘If I can't have you then I won't settle for anyone else! For good. 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