With the January arrival of Jane Asher in Boston to begin her tour of America starring in "Romeo and Juliet," Americans had their first opportunity to see her -- the most famous sister in the pop world-in person. This despite the rumors which have had her altar-bound in Seattle, backstage with Peter and Gordon in Atlantic City or in the dugout at Shea Stadium.
For three years we U.S. girls have read about her, wondered about her and envied her. We have gone to see her films, written her countless thousands of letters, both kind and extremely rude, and taken up staring at her pictures in fan magazines trying to decide whether to become as much like her as possible, become her exact opposite in the hope that HE (Paul McCartney) might like a change-or just give up and commit suicide. And in the end solving the whole thing by drawing a moustache on her photo and constructively blacking out three of her front teeth.
In February, her brother, Peter Asher, followed Jane to America for his ninth tour of this country with his partner, Gordon Waller. By combining the innocent appeal of say, Peter Noone, and the graphic sexiness of Mick Jagger ("Girls want to mother me, " Peter one said, "and Gordon"), Peter and Gordon have remained top favorites with us as many of their countrymen (The Moody Blues, The Searchers, The Zombies, Gerry and the Pacemakers) have faded into relative obscurity.
Jane and Peter (and their younger sister Clare) inherited their mother's red hair. They were reared in a highly cultured, upper class home in London. Their father is an eminent Wimpole Street physician and their mother is a professor of the oboe at the Royal Academy of Music. They encouraged their children to use their mind and make their own decisions. Jane and Peter, who, at any rate, didn't need much encouragment in that direction, early possessed agile intelligence startling to those unprepared for it. They were sent to excellent schools, Jane to a small exclusive academy and Peter to Westminster. Jane, who has been acting since childhood, decided not to go on to university and became a full time actress when she finished school at 16. Peter, though already singing with his classmate Gordon, went on for two years of philosophy at Kings College before chucking it to become a full time pop star.
You were aware of all of the aforementioned. Right.
They share many traits. Both are stubbornly independent and highly selective of their friends, keeping a small number of close ones virtually forever. Some call them snobbihs, but they aren't really, of course. They've been exposed too long to those who would know them not for what they are, but for who they are.