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Beaumont Alexander

Beaumont (‘Monty’) Alexander (1886–1982), youngest brother to F. M. Alexander.

Work

Beaumont Alexander had worked for Du Pont in America but came to London in the early 1920s where he took over the New Princes Hotel in Piccadilly. However, it soon encountered financial difficulties and Beaumont was declared bankrupt in 1927. He was then engaged in other ventures, being at various times an impresario, an agent, a manager of nightclubs, and he was manager of Ashley Place 1956–1969.

Marriages

Beaumont Alexander was first married to an American, Sonnie, and they divorced around 1927. Beaumont then married the American actress and singer, Frances Day (1907–84). He brought her to London and masterminded her early career as a dancer in West End nightclubs. They were married from 1927 to 1938.[1] [2] In 1945 he married Joyce Audrey Johnson (1925–99) with whom he had two children, Beaumont Samuel Alexander (b. 1945) and Robert Melville Alexander (1947–70).[3] For some time starting in 1947 Beaumont and his family lived at Ashley Place as he was short of money.

Publishing of Alexander’s books

Integral Press was the company set up after Chaterson ceased trading following the owner’s (F. C. C. Watts) death. After Alexander’s death in 1955, Beaumont Alexander took over the company and it became Re-eductional Publications. In the 1957 edition of Man’s Supreme Inheritance Beaumont Alexander inserted plates with photographs showing right and wrong postures (and the original photographs were removed). The new photographs showed Beaumont, his wife Joyce, and their son Beaumont Jr. When the 1950s print-run ran out (some time in the 1970s), Beaumont was not allowing the books to be reprinted, and it was only after his death that Alexander’s books were reprinted again (as his widow, Joyce, gave permission).

Assessment

Walter Carrington said that Beaumont was involved in black market activities during World War II (a black market flourished because of rationing and short supplies of many goods).[4] Michael Bloch, in his biography of F. M. Alexander, calls Beaumont ‘a colourful rogue’ and ‘a conman’.[5]

References

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_Day. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
[3] Frederick Matthias Alexander – A Family History by Jackie Evans (Phillimore & Co., 2001), pp. 185, 235–36, 256.
[4] Walter Carrington, interview with the author.
[5] F. M. the Life of Frederick Matthias Alexander by Michael Bloch (Little Brown, 2004), pp. 166–67, 239.
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