Actress in her own write.MERSEYSIDE actress and author Maureen O'Brien Maureen O'Brien (born 29 June 1943 in Liverpool) is a British actress best known for her role as Vicki in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, although she has appeared in many other television programmes as well. was 27 years old when she discovered she couldn't have children of her own. At a time before procedures like IVF IVF in vitro fertilization.
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IVF 1 In vitro fertilization, see there 2. Intravascular fluid to provide hope, the news was particularly devastating for both her and her husband, Michael. She recalls: ``I think most young women have a view of their life that includes looking into the future at a kind of cloudy area, which represents the question of whether they will have children or not. ``This harsh realisation that I wouldn't be having my own children forced me to weigh up my life. I decided that I would have to put the energy and creativity that one uses in bringing up children to different use.'' Maureen, 59, did just that and as well as forging a successful career as an actress she later turned her hand to writing and her sixth novel was published this week. The eldest of eight children, Maureen was born and brought up in Merseyside, and her family lived in one of the first houses built in Kirkby. After attending Notre Dame school “Notre Dame School” redirects here. For other uses, see Notre Dame School (disambiguation).
The group of composers working at or near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris from about 1170 to 1250, along with the music they produced, is referred to as the Notre Dame school in Mount Pleasant, she went to the Central School of Speech and Drama The Central School of Speech and Drama, a constituent college of the University of London since 2005, was founded in 1906 by Elsie Fogerty to offer a new form of training in speech and drama for young actors and other students. in London. She was a founder member of the Everyman theatre The Everyman Theatre is a theatre located on Hope Street in Liverpool, United Kingdom. It was established in 1964, to perform works of relevance to the inhabitants of Liverpool. before she landed a part as Vicki in Dr Who, alongside William Hartnell and Peter Purves. It was in her twenties that Maureen was struck down with a mystery illness.
Maureen says: ``I lost a great deal of weight and grew weaker and weaker. Even though I had countless blood tests they could find nothing wrong with me.'' It was only after she almost died that doctors discovered she was suffering an extremely rare illness - tuberculosis of the ovaries. Maureen eventually regained her health but learned that her illness had taken away her chance of ever having children. At first, Maureen resumed her acting career. Then a friend encouraged her to write a children's play. ``I had written all my life,'' says Maureen, ``but I had never thought of writing as much more than a hobby.''
The play was well received and Maureen's career as a writer had begun.
Her sixth novel, Unauthorised Departure, is a love story combined with a murder investigation. She says: ``It took me six years to get over the devastation of not being able to have children, but you have to.
``And who knows if I would have had the energy or the time to write as well as act if had become a mother - that I'll never know.'' n Unauthorised Departure, by Maureen O'Brien, pounds 16.99.