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’.
When Fiona started working at the Playboy Bunny club in the late 60s she had to change her name from Julia Harrison to Amber Harrison, the reason being that under Playboy rules, only the first initial of your surname was used. They already had a Julia H, so she chose to be known as Amber. It’s with this name that she was credited in her small pre-fame part in the 1971 film ‘Not Tonight, Darling’. The film concerns a housewife (Luan Peters) that is being watched every night through the bathroom window by a ‘Peeping Tom’ (Sean Barry-Weske), who is being put up to it by his friend (Vincent Ball). She eventually finds out and gets her revenge on them. Fiona played a small bit part called Suzanne. A bizarre little film that was released briefly on video in the early 80s and occasionally turns up on late night tv.
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.
Space in My Pyjamas was the first show written by Fiona Richmond (co-written by Jeff Grace). First performed June 1981 in Great Yarmouth, the story was adapted from a ‘science friction’ book she had already written called Galactic Girl. The show was crucified by the critics, with quotes such as “billed as the ultimate sexual fantasy, it was as sensual as cleaning out drains without being nearly so useful”. In 1982 the show toured to equally bad reviews!
Pyama Tops cost Paul Raymond £25,000 to produce and was first perfomed at the Whitehall Theatre on Monday September 22nd, 1969. Based on the celebrated French comedy “Moumou” by Jean de Letraz, this was one of Paul Raymonds longest running and successful shows on the West End, running for over 6 years and over 2000 performances. Paul Raymond had attractive young girls in mini-uniforms greeting people as they walked into the theatre. They were known as ‘Theatre receptionists’ and looked a lot different from the more traditional looking usheretes at the time! Fiona Richmond joined the cast in September 1970 as one of the nude swimmers in the 14ft wide by 7ft deep ‘see through’swimming pool, which alone cost £10,000! She was billed as Amber St George. She was headlining the show a year later as Fiona Richmond!
In little over 7 months after Paul Raymond took over Men Only, the circulation had escalated from 35,000 copies per month to a figure well in excess of 250,000 – an increase of around 700%. No magazine in the history of British publishing had ever achieved such an amazing revival. Fiona Richmonds sexy European reports played an important part in this phenomenal success and she rewarded with her first Men Only cover and nude portfolio – Vol 36/No.7, December 1971.
In the summer of 1975 Fiona hit the headlines when she was involved in a stabbing incident in the French Riviera. All the newspapers wrote about it, but she kept her side of the story as an exclusive for Men Only readers. She made the cover and had a pictorial of her and the characters involved accompanying the piece. Basically a guy called Tony Daithwaite she was having a casual affair with was stabbed in the chest by his fiancé Sue Guguid. The story was sensationalised and Fiona was named by the tabloids as the instigation of the stabbing. She sensationalised her own story in Men Only and gave intimate details and anecdotes of her relationship with Mr Daithwaite, told in her usual x-rated style!
Men Only Volume 36/No.1, June 1971 (costing 40p). This was the first issue under its new publisher Paul Raymond and included the first ever appearance of Fiona Richmond and the start of her European sex report, kicking off in Holland. The feature was the brainchild of then editor Tony Power and Paul Raymond and set out to investigate the aptitude of European Men as lovers, using Fiona as the bait! In the introduction it claimed she was a professional writer and had been chosen for the assignment due to her journalistic approach, but as is now known her early copy was written by ghost-writers and it wasn’t until later issues that she was allowed to write her own fictional adventures.