Ask Lois Laurel-Hawes
Hi there Lois
"Yes, he always missed his home and was proud to be from England. He thought about going back after Babe died. It was a possibility he did consider, because he had no interest in working without him. But he had developed a new life here, had many friends here, and he said, ‚This country has been good to me.’ “
I was wondering which of your fathers films and stage plays you enjoyed the most.
Tim Richard (Leicester England)
Hi Lois, I hope you're well.
Ben (Oxford, UK)
Hello Lois. How very nice to talk to you like this. I would like to say that my father, Larry Jay, was in show business. I'm told he started out as a silent comedian in the 40s and at some point was in a duo called Jay and Kay(e)? Later he joined a comedy band called Dr Crock and his Crackpots. He died in the 60s but I understand he knew both Laurel and Hardy on first name terms. My older half brother once told me that he was taken by my father to the London Palladium when Laurel and Hardy were appearing there. I can't remember precisely when but either 1952 or 3? I'm told my father had met them previously because on this occasion they came out of their dressing room and excitedly said his name and shoock hands etc. Sadly I wasn't born then so I never had the opportunity to meet them myself but I just wondered if you ever heard your father talk about Larry Jay or Dr Crock and what your memory of them may be? I appreciate it's a long time ago now but would be delighted to hear your thoughts if you can.
In what city do you reside and does Stan Laurel have any grandsons? I guess that would be do you have any children who may resemble your father and have his talents?
Chad Shultz (Usa, Mogadore Ohio)
Hello. It is so nice that you answer so many questions for all of us fans. I've read some of the letters your father wrote and noticed he often ended them with "God bless." Did your father hold to any religious beliefs? I know many of the comedians were unfortunately atheists or agnostic (Chaplin, Keaton). But, I don't get this impression about your father. I know it's a rather personal question, but curiosity has gotten the better of me! Thanks so much and I hope you are doing well.
Ryan (USA, Moore, OK)
Hello Lois. I am a 64 year young man and I still love watching your father and Babe's antics on the screen. I started watching them at an early age and can't get enough of them. It must have been awesome to grow up with him and see him perform. I will always remember the way he used to smile and scratch his head and of course, wiggle his ears when he got mad! I remember watching on "This is your Life", with Ralph Edwards and an episode showed your dad and Babe being interviewed. It was hard for me to watch without wiping my eyes, BUT I enjoyed it immensley just the same just to see them off screen and no zany routines. I sadly remember when I was in basic training in the USAF in 1968, my parents sent me the article that your dad had passed along with his photo. I am proud to say I still have that article/photo in my album. I was devastated when I saw that BUT I am glad I knew him growing up. I also remember going to Universal Studios one year and met their look alikes. They were good, BUT nothing like the originals! Just sitting down next to them gave me chills and they did their routine for the tourists and got the laughs too. I believe they were in an Anco wiper blades commercial years ago sitting in a Model T Ford. Thank you for your time and hope to hear from your soonest. Take care. :)
Robert A. Abrams (USA/Alexandria, Va)
I am 30 years old and have grown up watching Laurel and Hardy. My grandmother did not like me watching cartoons so I watched Laurel and Hardy movies! Thank God cause I loved them and still do!! My question is; Did Mr. Laurel have any regrets with his career like not doing more serious films? What movies did he like at home? Thank you so much! I wish I could meet you and give you a hug as a thank you for all the happiness and hours of entertainment I have enjoyed over the years watching Laurel and Hardy!
Samantha Cutshall (Meadowview VA)
Hello first of all I cannot believe I am talking to you! My father was a huge fan of Laurel and Hardy, and I loved them too! We have about ten videos at home, and I have visited the laurel and hardy museum in Ulverston. i would just like to ask you did your father behave off-screen in the same nonsensical manner as he did on-screen? or was he a more serious type? thank you very much xx
You look so much like your famous dad do you have any of his habits or mannerisms. I remember the way he would cry on screen, did you ever do that for fun. I'm so happy to connect with such a woman as you. Such a imperial connection to my happiness of theater. All my love,
Mark Santelli (Diamondhead MS)
I grew up watching Laurel and hardy I'm now 52 and still an avid fan .who was your dads heros?
Edward Cruickshank (Aberdeen UK)
Hello lois, it really feels so amazing to be talking to the daughter of Stan Laurel! The Laurel and Hardy films have brought laughter into my house for years. I found a video on YouTube. It was your father in 1961 with his Academy Award. I know he seemed very happy in the video, but was he happy to have won it? Or was he sad that "Babe" wasn't there with him?
Hi Lois, My Gt Grandfather (Albert 'Bert' Williams) was in the Fred Karno Troop with Stan and went to the US in 1910 together. I even have some photos, i can send you copies if you like. But have you got any info on Bert, or other photos of your Dad whilst in Karnos, that may include Bert, as I have very little info. Any help would be appreciated.
I've had some insight in reading about your father that he kept fairly well up to date with British comedians in recordings and obviously during their British tours. Did he ever introduce you to comedians who would not have been known in the USA, Max Miller, Arthur Askey, Tony Hancock, Jimmy James, Al Read, to name a few? Are there other British comedians he was fond of?
Ross (Manchester, England)
Hello Lois, I asked you a question a few months ago and was very pleased to receive a reply. Thank you. I would like to ask you another question if you don't mind. What was Oliver like as a person? Was he a nice man to get along with? Thanks again.
Hello Lois, I am 13 years old and my family watches Laurel and Hardy films every night. Each one is genius in their own way and never once has it failed to put a smile on my face. I want to thank you for reading this, and I wanted to ask, how did your father come up with so many origininal ideas? Also, I heard he sort of "made up" each episode for Laurel and Hardy. How come he never got recognized for that? Thank you so much and I wish the whole world could enjoy their films again just like they did when they first came out. Thank you.
I heard an interview a week ago, were Stan talked about fans and fan letters. I know he answered all of them. What I'm wondering about, is how much time a-day he used on it.
I love you father's infectious giggle fits in WAY OUT WEST and THE DEVIL'S BROTHER. Were they real or just great acting?
John Chadwick (Orlando Florida)
hello, its really nice to be speaking to you again, two years ago, when i was aged 14, I asked you a question on this which was if you had any tips on writing funny scripts and youre reply gave me so much hope and i havnt stopped and even started posting my creations on youtube and i just wanted to say thank you, to you and your father for giving me hope that i may be a film maker. My question right now would be if you knew how long your father was trying to get into movies?
Zoe Holmes (Ireland)
Dearest Lois, First of all, thank you for taking the time to give such great insight to your fathers work with Oliver, James, Mae, Jean and others. For me, Way Out West is their finest feature film closely followed by Sons of the Desert, I think the musical elements of the movies make them stand out for me.
Michael Tumalty (Bicester (England) )
Dear Ms Lois Laurel. My mother was a fan of the laurel and hardy films right from her younger days. When she bought me some films like The Murder Case, Going Bye-Bye,etc., I was reluctant to watch it at first. But after I started watching it I just couldn't stop. I got all the movies and i am still seeing them over and over again. How I miss them! Especially your dad Laurel is so cute, charming and always has an innocent look on his face. I wanted to ask you one thing, whether he was like that in real life or did he just do it for the sake of movies? Please give me a reply for I will be waiting with bated breath because my mother also wants to know a lot of things about her childhood comedy idol STAN LAUREL.
What is your favorite memory of your father and what qualities/wisdom do you think he passed on to you?
Mariann (USA, New Springfield, OH )
You know I was unaware that due to namely Hal Roach, that Mr hardy did a film 'Zenobia' minus your dad. This was in '39' I believe. How did your dad 'feel' about this at the time? Did he express any resentment towards anybody? Was he upset at Mr Hardy at all? (I understand that they were under separate contracts with Roach)
HK (Henderson, NV)
Hello Lois. I once read that the end scene in 'One Good Turn' where your father finally gets the upper hand on Ollie was written because you were scared by the way Ollie pushed your father around on-screen. Is this true?
Callum Brooks (England)
As I once wrote you prior, your dad and Mr Hardy are much beloved by so many. Question Ms Laurel, I read that you were in the audience during the filming of 'The Chimp'. I know that it was a long time ago but is there anything you remember that day that you can share? Anything special for example, funny? etc
Howard (Las Vegas, NV)
was your daddy as funny in normal life as he was in film and did he always make you laugh .I am 9 years old and think both Laurel and Hardy are very funny.
miss sarah martin (stanley england)
I have just watched some charming clips on youtube showing you as young girl at your family home. What a beautiful setting, I wondered what happened to that house? Where did you live and who lives there now?
Susan Coade (London, England)
Hello Lois, thank so much for answering my questions a few months back, I was over the moon. I read some of your recent replies and really like the story about Stan and money growing on trees. A very touching and personal little anecdote, thankyou.
Hello Lois, In your home movies when your father and Babe were in the video. There was this girl from Pack up your troubles were you like best friends with her? It's like you and her are sisters.
did they ever know how famous the were going to be
ryan chaytor (middlesbrough)
Why didn't your father ever take a writers credit since it is widely known he wrote many of their bits.
Julie (Birmingham, UK)
Hello Lois...What was Oliver Hardys Tattoo on his arm?...Shows up very well in Dirty Work...Thank You
Don (USA NUTLEY NJ)
I would just like to say I have watched many of your fathers movies and I have to say I have loved them all .
Alan mc Donnell (Ireland Kells)
Who came up with the bowler hats idea?? and what other images or looks did Stan and Olly try before settling with there bowlers?? I was just wondering......Thank You :)
Jackie (stoke on trent)
Hello Lois!! I grew up watching "Laurel and Hardy" in Brooklyn, NY. They're the best! Question: Were your father and OH ever photographed with Shirley Temple?
Just wanted to let you know that I was in attendance at Rock Valley College in Rockford, IL where you and your husband spoke in the 1980s and still have the autographed picture of you and your father when you were around 10 years old. I grew up in the 1960s and watched the Laurel & Hardy films whenever they were on television and still enjoy them today. One can never tire of the L&H comedy. Best regards.
Lori Bowker (Rochelle, IL)
"My father was born in 1890, so by the 1940's when he was at Fox you can figure out how old he was! As for Valentines Day, he would always see that I got a heart box full of chocolate candy and some money to spend. So I was mighty happy on Valentines Day!"
As a life long fan of Laurel & Hardy i am the proud owner of some trousers worn by your dad in some of the L&H films. Do you know of any sources for such items or where they are displayed. They just sit in my wardrobe until we have some guests when i show them off. Kind Regards,
Mike Craig (London England)
Hi Lois, first of all can I say what an honour it is contacting the daughter of someone who had maked me laugh a lot, and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. A couple of questions for you, do you think a part of him died when Ollie died, and what did he feel about winning an Oscar (and where is it now?!). Kind Regards from England,
David (St Albans, UK)
if a film was made today who would you like to see play your fathers and Hardy's parts?
Tom J (USA NY)
I just wondered if your dad , mr. hardy and james finlayson were good friends off the set. i know they were always the fol of each other on stage. i,m 61 YEAR OLD CANCER SURVIVOR and have also done vaudeville work and barbershop where i impersonated your dad. music has really helped me thro this cancer experience. have always been a great fan of your dad, trev
trever, r williams (lehigh county, allentown, pa)
Hi Lois - Just wanted to tell you that I've watched L & H all my life. Yesterday I had the chance yesterday to visit a movie theatre in Niles, CA, which was built in 1912, and still shows movies - both silents and sound. It was theatre where Chaplin would screen his movies when he was working there. I saw "Our Wife" - first time I had ever seen a L & H movie in a theatre, and the house was packed with everyone from young children to seniors. The laughter was just magnificent. I was thinking about how amazed and proud your dad and Mr. Hardy would have been to know that 80 years later, their movies are still being enjoyed and loved by so many! All the best
Joanne (San Francisco, CA)
I'm just a 66 yr old fan who wishes to say that your dad would probably like to know that he and the 3 of his wives who you liked have immensely succeeded at raising a daughter who is as gracious and generous as are you.
Gaudia Ray Sarna (USA, Ojai, California)
Gene Freese (Chandler, AZ)
Dear Lois Laurel-Hawes,
Dear Mrs Laurel-Hawes,
Mike Kukral (Terre Haute, Indiana, USA)
For many lois you are the closet that many of us will ever come to the late and great stan laurel and oliver hardy.
"Yes, thank you, I was kept up to date on developments concerning the statue. I am happy to hear you enjoy the films."
Hi, Lois! My name is Petri Pelkonen, a 30-year old man from Finland.I'm a long time fan of Laurel and Hardy, those two had the gift to make people laugh.I would like to know who were your father's favorite comedians? Did he like the modern comedy? I've heard that Jerry Lewis wanted Stan Laurel to play himself in The Bellboy.Did Stan, even for a second, consider to do that? Did he and Charlie Chaplin meet in the latter years? Did you get to meet Mr. Chaplin?
Petri Pelkonen (Finland)
Emmanuel Wylock (Belgium)
hey i cant believe you answer questions i think its amazing you are very very helpful to all l&h fans im only 12 but i love all of there episodes and movies they were two true comedians i'd love to ask you did you get a lot of things like clothes,toys and did you have a big house because your dad was famous? love to you and your family here from Scotland xxx
melissa mcmunn (scotland)
Hello Lois - With all of the technology today that allows anyone to watch pretty much anything at anytime, I'm wondering - what would your father and Mr. Hardy think about their work being so freely available for everyone to see? Would they be happy that people want to watch L&H films on new technology devices (like cell phones, ipods, computers, etc)? Were they interested in technology during their lifetimes? Thank you so much, your father's work has brought a lot of happiness and laughter to me!
Erin (Indiana, USA)
GP Warren (Santa Cruz, CA by way of Canoga Park, CA)
Hello Mrs Hawes , I have never sort of sent an Email to somebody I have never met, yet Laurel & Hardy have always been close to my heart , I was born 1963 so have only seen them in their films. Something about them just stays with you timeless I suppose.My question is did your father miss the UK when elsewhere and did he have any favourite places beaches , public houses , hotels , cities...
George Powell (United Kingdom/Liverpool)
Dear Madame. I hope you are well.
Emmanuel Wylock (Belgium)
hi lois, and happy new year 2012 , as i `m austrian it`s interesting if you know yoiur father ever has been in austria, because stan and oliver has been touring in some european countries like germany , italy, denmark ...