A new documentary about The Beatles offers an interesting perspective on the history of the Fab Four. Good Ol' Freda tells the story of the iconic band's evolution from an insider's viewpoint, that of Freda Kelly, the longtime secretary of group's fan club. In the film, which has the support of the surviving Beatles, Kelly takes a candid look back at her 11 years working with the band.
Ryan White directed the documentary, which will premiere in March at the South by Southwest music, film and interactive conference in Austin, Texas, this March.
After five decades of silence, the woman who was bestowed with the affectionate title in the acknowledgements of 1963's The Beatles' Christmas Record is sharing her story. In a letter, she explains that the documentary "gives a peek into what it was like to spend a decade with the lads, their families, [manager] Brian Epstein, and everyone else in that circle."
While The Beatles may have had their own nickname for Freda, it wasn't her only one. Kelly clarifies, "Newspapers in the 1960's called me 'The Luckiest Girl in the World' because of my job, and 50 years later I realize in many ways how that was true." Time hasn't lessened Freda's devotion to the Fab Four. She adds, "I'm still as big a Beatles fan today as I was in 1961 as a teenager in the Cavern Club."
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