Charlotte Rampling OBE
The actress Charlotte Rampling OBE, lived with her parents in a thatched cottage called Westwood, 24 Uxbridge Road. Her father was Lieutenant Colonel Godfrey Lionel Rampling, an athlete and army officer who competed in the 1932 Summer Olympics. He also took part in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin winning a gold for Great Britain. In retirement he maintained his sporting interests by becoming secretary of Stanmore Golf Club, He spent his final years at a nursing home in Bushey, where he died aged 100.
Charlotte started her stage career at Stanmore’s Bernays institute, for it was here when Charlotte was just 14 that she made her stage debut. Appearing with her older sister Sarah, singing French chansons. ”We went down a treat”, she remembers. ”I had this incredible sensation, I thought, I know where I'm going. This is where I have to be. This is what I have to do. I've found my way”. After one such performance the sisters were talent-scouted and offered a nightclub audition in the West End. Her father, however, thought otherwise. When the prospect arose of his two girls taking their little show to London, he said, ”over my dead body ”.
Years later Charlotte would say ”we were too young, although, of course, it was heart-breaking for us, we thought we were going to be cabaret stars. But to this day I have never forgotten that unsettling, thrilling feeling of being on stage in front of a live audience. ”