Long-time secretary to the Beatles breaks her silence
A new documentary called, 'Good Ol' Freda,' tells the story of Freda Kelly who was secretary to the Beatles for more than a decade. Kelly reveals stories about the band that she never got around to telling.
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A mutual friend and a family connection to the 1960s Liverpool music scene brought Kelly to the attention of White, who took the opportunity to tell Kelly's story.
The Los Angeles filmmaker, 31, who directed and produced the 2010 soccer documentary "Pelada," grew up knowing Kelly as a family friend who was a secretary. In fact, she is still a secretary, for a Liverpool law firm.
"I didn't know that she had a crazy back story," White said, adding that he only discovered it when a mutual friend put them in touch two years ago.
Kelly, now in her late 60s, told White that now that she has a 2-year-old grandson, she wanted to record her stories for the boy - stories that in many cases she never got around to telling her family.
Shy and humble, Kelly insisted that no one would be interested in hearing her story, White said.
The loyal secretary, who was 17 when she started working for the band, has no intent of dishing dirt about her former famous employers, so White focused instead on her compelling personal narrative and her own interactions with the Beatles.
Kelly arranged bookings, cut wage checks and figured out how to run a fan club at the height of Beatles mania. Girls would send her four sticks of gum which she would hand out to the band members, then she would wrap the chewed gum in paper and mail it back to the fans.