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Helene on the Dick Cavett Show, USA - 1980s
Many people have emailed me to tell me that, having seen the film of '84' starring Anne
Bancroft as Helene, they hear only Anne's voice in their heads when they read Helene's
books. Many have said that they would love to know what Helene's actual voice sounded
like. Well, to all those who wondered, your luck is in! :-)
Sometime in the early 1980s, Susan Sieffermann in Decatur, Illinois, turned on her tv one
evening and heard Helene's name, and ran to grab a cassette tape and a tape recorder.
Below are a few snippets from the half hour television interview which Susan saw - the Dick
Cavett show. Susan sent me a copy of this tape, and I captured some of it digitally so that
others can hear Helene's voice and natural humour for themselves. Sadly, Susan died in
2004 and, like Helene, she is very sadly missed by all who knew her.
Helene on success - 97 KB - 9 secs
How it came about that Helene finally went to London - 321 KB - 30 secs
About Helene's radio show in the UK in the early 1980s - part one - 439 KB - 41 secs
About Helene's radio show in the UK in the early 1980s - part two - 517 KB - 48 secs
Typing in the middle of a heatwave without air-conditioning- 465 KB - 43 secs
Helene's thoughts on what her neighbour might have seen - 438 KB - 41 secs
Helene Hanff on tape and film
The Definitive Helene Hanff Website
Helene on the Terry Wogan Show, UK- 1980s
Helene appeared on two occasions on the "Wogan" show on BBC television in the 1980's.
I've managed to obtain copies of these on videotape, and hopefully one day I will be able
to digitise them so that I can upload clips here.
Watch this space!
Desert Island Discs
Helene on BBC Desert Island Discs - Saturday 19 December 1981
Helene's choices were:
1. Johann Sebastian Bach/Stokowski - Toccata and Fugue In D Minor
2. George Frideric Handel - Comfort ye my people (from Messiah)
3. Samuel Barber - Knoxville: Summer of 1915
4. Ralph Vaughan Williams - Serenade To Music
5. London Symphony Orchestra - Coronation March
6. Stephen Sondheim - The Miller's Son
7. Johann Sebastian Bach - St Matthew Passion - Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder
8. Igor Stravinsky - The Firebird
Book - Memoirs by Louis De Rouvroy
Luxury item - Scrabble
Available for download as an mp3 file from the
BBC website - or click HERE to download from
Size: 15MB, length: 32 minutes 37 seconds.