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It's a Wish come true for travel buff Mary.

GORGEOUS Mary Nightingale is no stranger to travel.

She spent time as a chalet girl in France after graduating in English from London University.

And her long-time boyfriend, whom she met while working in the French Alps, just happens to be a travel firm director.

Today Mary, 35, is also a high-flyer in the career stakes but she retains her down-to-earth modesty.

She said: "I always assume no one will be impressed by me. Why should they be? I'm only on telly, for goodness sake." Mary was born in Scarborough, the third of four daughters. Her father was a college housemaster.

The family moved to Marlow, Bucks, when she was four and ten years later to Devon. She was a weekly boarder at private schools, first in Beaconsfield, Bucks, then in Exeter until she was 16.

After university, Mary eventually took a job in the City ond dealer but quit that for television. Her first on-screen work was broadcasting to Japanese business people on TV Tokyo.

But, although clearly having a perfect face for television, she plays down her good looks. "I think I look okay on the screen," she said. "My face suits telly, but men don't think 'wow'.

"As a little girl, I was very skinny with a brace. After my O-levels, I took a holiday job in Harrods' cake department and put on two stones in six weeks.

"Now, I go to the gym quite a lot but I work off all my weight with job stress."

She lives in a Georgian house in Chiswick, West London, with Paul Fenwick, 39, her boyfriend of 13 years. He is a director of travel firm Trailfinders.

They met in a ski lift queue when she was working as a chalet girl. "It was love at first sight," she said.
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Author:Scott, James
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 31, 1999
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