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Marie-Therese PRENDERGAST

Female 1928 - 2001  (72 years)


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  • Name Marie-Therese PRENDERGAST 
    Nickname Tessa 
    Born 17 Oct 1928  Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Immigration Aft 1956  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Abt 1957 
    Designer 

    • Published: 12:00AM BST 23 Jul 2001

      TESSA WELBORN, who has died aged 72, was the designer responsible for the bikini worn by Ursula Andress in the film Dr No; she was also an actress and, in her later years, the owner of a private drinking club in the West End of London.

      Tessa Prendergast, as she then was, set up her clothes design business with a partner in the late 1950s in her native Jamaica. Her most important commission came when the makers of Dr No invited her to design costumes for the Bond film, including what was to become the world's most celebrated bikini.

      Miss Andress wore the ivory-coloured bathing costume, adorned with an army belt and commando knife, as she emerged from the sea on to a tropical beach. The outfit was sold earlier this year at Christie's to Robert Earl, owner of the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain, for £41,125.

      Tessa Welborn was born Marie Therese Prendergast into a prosperous family in Jamaica on October 17 1928, although only half a dozen people were ever allowed to know her age. Her father, Louis Prendergast, was a plantation owner who died when she was in her infancy; her mother later married Noel Nethersole, who established the People's National Party with Norman Manley and became minister of finance.

      After school in Kingston, Tessa Prendergast studied at New Rochelle University, New York, and at the Sorbonne in Paris. She lived for a time in Italy, and was briefly engaged to Prince Vittorio Massimo.

      In the 1950s, Tessa Prendergast became an actress, landing the role of the Tahitian love interest opposite Burt Lancaster in His Majesty O'Keefe (1953). The deep sea cameraman was Scottie Welborn, whom she married.

      But her acting career did not prosper, and she turned to designing clothes with a partner, Liz de Lisser. She later moved to London, and in the mid-1970s took over the Little House Club, in Shepherd Market, Mayfair. The house, built by Lord Shepherd in 1742, had been a private members' drinking club since 1928.

      Tessa Welborn remained owner - and secretary - of the club until her death, living above a small bar which attracted members such as John Hurt, Sir Clive Sinclair, and Viscount Gormanston. She was to be found almost every night perched at the end of the bar, radiating glamour and absorbing - but never repeating - the gossip imparted to her by her habitues.

      She drank only pink Champagne, except at breakfast, when she favoured a Bellini; any complaint that it was too early for alcohol was met with the reply: "Darling, it's cocktail hour somewhere in the world - I can't let them drink alone."

      In 1988 Tessa Welborn helped to establish the Shepherd Market Association, which has so far raised £146,000 for charity. She had recently been involved in organising a performance of La Boheme to benefit Arthritis Care and the Mayur Earthquake Appeal.

      Tessa Welborn's marriage to Scottie Welborn was dissolved in 1958; they had a daughter, who survives her. She married, secondly, William Davies, a businessman, who predeceased her.

      Source www.telegraph.co.uk
    Died 9 Jul 2001  Camden District, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7755  3. Jamaican Ennever/ors
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2011 

    Father Louis PRENDERGAST,   Born:  Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Elsie Maud ENNEVOR,   Born:  9 Nov 1902, Hatfield, Manchester, Mandeville, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  23 Jan 1958, Kingston, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 26 Jun 1926  Kingston, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2176  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (spouse) 1 Charles Scotty WELBORN 
    Children 
    +1. Terry Rilla WELBORN
    Family ID F2178  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (spouse) 2 William DAVIS,   Died:  Before 2001 
    Married Aft 1958  London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2201  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Oct 1928 - Jamaica Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Aft 1956 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Aft 1958 - London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Jul 2001 - Camden District, London Link to Google Earth
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