Not everyone is catapulted from an isolated Yorkshire childhood into five years education at Roedean, followed by a career as a catwalk model including Dior in London and Paris, but Mo Endfield was. Her career as a model coincided with the arrival of an avalanche of Hollywood black-listed writers and directors fleeing from the McCarthy witch-hunt, all desperate to avoid the House Un-American Activities Committee – including Sam Wanamaker, Jack Berry, Joseph Losey, Carl Foreman and Cy Endfield. After a summer dalliance in the South of France with movie mogul Sam Spiegel – (then producing On The Waterfront), she allowed Cy Endfield to charm his way permanently into her life.
All was not love and laughter, however; Mo’s parents refused to attend their wedding at Caxton Hall, pronouncing Cy as ‘too old, divorced, Jewish and a Communist’, but Mo and Cy we were a partnership for 40 happy years.
In her tell-all autobiography she speaks of her life, how they met and their life together, a story that features many celebrities – including Terence Stamp, Jean Shrimpton, and Michael Caine after the film success of ZULU (which was filmed in England, after Cy was blacklisted in the US).