“Somebody to talk to, someone to depend on, and someone to enjoy.These expectations remain the same, but the circumstances under which they’re accomplished change.”The voluntary nature of friendship makes it subject to life’s whims in a way more formal relationships aren’t.’ So for days I didn’t talk to Peter Butterworth and he didn’t talk to me, and then one day I said, ‘Pete, did Kenneth Williams say anything to you? You accept that as part of Ken.” When Dale did This Is Your Life in 1973 he remembers they filled the vast Palladium stage with his school football team, shoe factory workers and showbiz people he’d barely met. Did they resent his departure in 1970 to join Oliver at the Old Vic?
Kenneth Williams was probably one of my better friends although he was a real sod at times.” “He’d say, ‘Peter Butterworth hates your guts, you know that, don’t you?
Romantic partners, parents, children—all these come first.
This is true in life, and in science, where relationship research tends to focus on couples and families.
He says he enjoyed being mobbed by screaming girls, but by the Sixties he was focusing on television sketch comedy. We would rehearse in each other’s dressing room quite a bit, so that’s where we got intimate.
But I wasn’t deep friends with any of them because I had to go home to see the kids (Dale married Patricia in 1957 and they had four children together) rather than go out on the booze.