Women Behind Bars was first performed at the Whitehall theatre on Wednesday 22nd June 1977. Co-starring with Fiona Richmond this time was Divine, the drag queen made infamous for being the first person to eat dog shit in a film (an achievement so far unmatched)!Written by Tom Eyen, it was A parody of women prison movies with Divine cast as the big burly demon-dyke matron. A big success in New York, the show was met with mixed reviews and lukewarm box office in London.
FIONA was the first fiction booked penned by Fiona Richmond in 1976 when she was 28 years old. The book detailed her amazing quests and erotic adventures to find the worlds greatest lover. She wrote it in long hand because in spite of doing a secretarial course she loathes typing and is very bad at it!
In 1987 Tell Tale Tits was her last book printed. This time however it is not a work of fiction but structured as an A-Z series of short articles and anecdotes. Some of the stories include her early life before finding fame, her years as a Bunny Girl at the Playboy Club and even the seven-page transcript of her interviewing Peter Cook and Dudley Moore for Men Only magazine. As she was part of the British entertainment establishment for so long she has no problem in telling the reader what she really thinks and consequently dishes the dirt on Terry Wogan, Clement Freud and Molly Parkin, to name but a few. The cover photo was taken by David Steen and first appeared in The Sunday Times December 1979.
The idea of Fiona Richmond making a record was by Des McClusky from The Batchelors. It was suggested that Anthony Newley might be interested in writing the easy listening music for it, and after approaching him backstage when he was appearing in “Good Old Bad Old Day”s he jumped at the idea. He went off to write the music and she went off to write all the rude bits that would go between the songs. She wasn’t the greatest singer, and after hearing her demos the producer thought it might be best to use a session singer instead, leaving Fiona to just read the spoken word saucy monologues. The album entitled “Frankly Fiona” came out in 1973 and was advertised in all of Paul Raymonds magazines, £5 including postage! Due to the explicit sleeve the album wasn’t available in the high street record stores, but you could also purchase it at Paul Raymonds theatres where she was performing.
Filmed during the hot summer of 1975, Expose was and still is Fiona Richmond’s most controversial film. Featuring lots of blood, boobs and knives, this exploitation classic became a definite no-no with the authorities, so much so that in the early 1980s it was banned in the UK on video and branded a ‘video nasty’. Original videos of it released by ‘Intervision’ can still fetch over £300 due to its rarity. ‘Nothing, but nothing, is left to the imagination…’ promised the original UK posters, and – true to form – the film certainly delivers. Casting Fiona in her first major role (bankrolled by Paul Raymond), while the film is usually sold and advertised as a Fiona Richmond film, it is actually Linda Hayden who is the real star of this dark and disturbing mystery. Filmed on location in Danbury, Essex, the film stars Euro horror favorite Udo Kier (with a dubbed mid-Atlantic accent) as a successful novelist whose guilty secrets have isolated him within a picturesque cottage deep within the English countryside. Under a deadline to complete another book in the wake of his first bestseller, he hires a temp secretary Linda Hayden, a ripe young sexpot given to masturbating wherever the fancy takes her and murdering anyone who disturbs her fragile psychosis. Fiona stars as Kier’s highly-sexed girlfriend who enjoys lusty romps with him before surrendering to a lesbian liaison with the lovely Linda. The film did good box office and even took more money than Jaws in Fiona’s home town! Known in America as ‘House On Straw Hill’.