This Scottish producer’s life was immortalised in the 2013 crowdfunded film, The Last Impresario. Jewish and educated at the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, White moved from being a Wall Street runner in the 1950s to the pinnacles of showbusiness in the 1960s and 1970s. Known for working on projects as diverse as Monty Python, The Rocky Horror Show, Enigma and White Mischief, this legendary playboy “can’t think about one good thing about growing old” and considers beautiful women to be “like living pictures”. White’s “Icarus-like downfall” into drugs and excess are well documented but, as he’d no doubt say himself, “the party must go on”.
Michael “Chalky” White
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Listen to his Desert Island Discs on iPlayer at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs/castaway/17cad9ad He is a fascinating man.
Chalky was rumoured to have been a exhibitionist by heart. The repetitive exposing of one’s genitals to strangers for the purpose of achieving sexual excitement, although it was unproven rumours it was definitely reflected in his work. His most famous project was the risqué West End stage production O! Calcutta! in 1970. He is a weirdo, and in a way fascinating.
What enormous glasses……
He should get Iris Apfel to make him a pair.