Guy Day: What I Want in a Wife

1970s, Mensday, mr fish, oliver reed, peter wyngarde

Gyles Brandreth; David Broome; Mark Caine; Robert Carrier; Max Clendenning; Tom Courtenay; Roger Collins; Brian Strange; Michael Fish; Benny Hill; John Hurt; Simon Jenkins; Eddie Kulukundis.

Your eyes do not deceive you. A ‘What I want in a wife’ article is not a natural place you might expect to see either Peter Wyngarde or Ian McKellan’s face, but… this was 1972, so here they are.

As for Oliver Reed? Well, let’s just say I’m not surprised…

Femininity is important. I hate the bull-dyke Women’s Lib type of bird. The best women for me are those who have plenty of drive but in the end like to be dominated. I like a girl who can understand and then tolerate me and, above all, she must have good knockers.”

Scanned from Cosmopolitan, April 1972.

John Lill; Lord Lyell; Ian McKellan; Ron Moody; Tim Nicholls; Simon Oates; Brian Patten; Lance Percival; Jimmy Saville; Ned Sherrin; Sidney Shipton; Johnnie Silvo; Joachim Stein; Dave Cash; Max de Trense; Derek Underwood; Jack Wild; Oliver Reed.

John Bentley; Earl of Lichfield; Georgie Fame; John Pitman; Victor Behrens; Karl Green; Michael Whittaker; Peter Wyngarde; John Peel.


7 thoughts on “Guy Day: What I Want in a Wife

  1. And Ian said his ideal woman “doesn’t exist”.

    Oliver Reed of course is a total jerk and totally yummy. Not fair.

  2. Oh my god…look at ’em all! How fascinating. Lovely John Hurt, lovely lovie, Ian McKellen, lovely John Peel, lovely Peter Wyngarde and fabulous Ollie Reed. Oh and Gyles Brandreth picture knit fan and professional panelist…

  3. Haha! Wow, Wyngarde, McKellen, Sherrin and Tommy Twoways (as Kirsty Young called him) Brandreth! Did they ask Elton John, Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett for the follow up?!

  4. “You can’t judge a book by its cover”… most of the guys went for the “perfect woman”.. If I would be living in that time I guess I would had chances with Max Clendenning, Joachim Stein, John Bentley (without the beautiful), Karl Green and John Peel.

  5. Absolutely fascinating! How many were eventually divorced, who remained batchelors, who were gay, and as a reflection on time passing, how many are now dead!

    Incidentally, I recently read about Giles Brandreth confessing he married in secret and they only told their parents two years later – his parents had eloped and told no-one, and his daughter did the same. Giles is still married to his wife of nearly 40 years. Hope for us all then…

  6. Wow, funny and disturbing. Thankfully the comments about men wanting a a perfect bird who can cook with big knockers are balanced by remarks that seem more liberal and contemporary. But as you suggest, this was 1972 – and Mary Tyler Moore/pansuits were considered radical!

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