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.