Newspaper Article – From Show Business to Fishing



Own Correspondent   Matakana

Enjoying a rest from stage life Miss Patricia Nelson, of Waiwera, has settled happily into the community of a busy beach resort with boating and fishing to pass the time for her.

Born in Hawke’s Bay and educated at Ngatawa in Marton and later in Wellington, Miss Nelson took dancing lessons at an early age. After her training she joined the cast of “No, No, Nanette” in Australia and later the cast of “Sonny”.

Miss Nelson went to London for more experience and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has acted for Sir Carol Reed and with Emlyn Williams and other prominent actors and actresses.

Lived in Paris

For several years Miss Nelson lived in Paris, where she appeared in a number of films, danced at a number of night clubs, and also did male impersonations and acrobatic turns. With these acts she travelled the world.

In the East she worked under the direction of Sir Victor Sassoon.

During the Second World War Miss Nelson worked as a VAD, spending part of the war in Australia and part in Christchurch doing this work.

After the war she went back to the East, again as a dancer and male impersonator.

A fall injured her spine and Miss Nelson was in hospital for a long time. On her recovery she went back to Christchurch where she opened a restaurant and also an antique and furnishing business.

She “discovered” Waiwera when on holiday once and decided there and then to settle there.

Miss Nelson has entered wholeheartedly into the life of the northern little community. She voluntarily helps to deliver the New Zealand Heralds with the help of her two dogs and two cats who accompany her on her rounds. She owns a small boat in which she goes fishing nearly every day and as a church worker, tennis player and cook in addition to her fishing pursuits she does not find time on her hands.

She always, however, has time to keep in touch with her friends in show business.

Photo caption – Miss Nelson with one of the dogs which accompany her in her voluntary round of Herald deliveries.

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