1970 - Wicked Women

On Saturday, March 7, 1970 Jane's portrayal of Anne Maria Moody in the six-part London Weekend Television series "The Wicked Women" aired. Each chapter featured a notorious Victorian lady criminal who killed to try to escape the miserable situation of her life. In the 4th chapter, Jane, as the demure-looking Anne, in 1860 lured an infatuated money-lender into trying to murder her protector for his money. "I've never played a woman as wicked as that before," Jane said. Jane sympathized with her character's plight: "She (Anne Maria Moody) owed a great deal of money trying to be better off socially than she was. When she was pestered by debt collectors, her situation became quite desperate. There was a great deal of Victorian pressure on her because she wasn't married, just living with a man, calling herself his wife. When one of the debt collectors threatens to reveal her secret she feels even more desperate". Other prestigious actresses who each portrayed women killers who made headlines in Victorian newspapers included: Vivien Merchant, Nicola Pagett, Anna Massey, Billie Whitelaw and Joanna Dunham.
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