Wendy Squires Biography: Early Life, Career, Education, Nationality, Age, Net Worth and Date of Death
Wendy Squires, who passed away at the age of 69, was a well-known journalist and television host under her maiden name, Wendy Jones. When she unexpectedly lost all of her hair at the age of 40, she changed her identity to Elizabeth Steel and started the first national support group for alopecia.
Wendy Squires Date of Birth/Education
Wendy Patricia Jones, a factory owner’s daughter who was born in Rugby on June 8, 1942, graduated from Rugby High School at the age of 16 and went on to work for many local publications. She was hired in 1962 as a features writer for the Birmingham Evening Mail’s women’s sections.
Wendy Squires Career
Wendy Jones was a reporter and presenter for the Midlands-based independent television current affairs show ATV Today from 1970 to 1980. In 1975, she received an invitation to develop and host Ladies Night, an audience-participation program for women. She also made appearances on ATV’s monthly magazine show Platform for Today.
But her dream was to work in television, so in 1964 she went straight to the top of the BBC’s London broadcast department. As it happened, one of his employees was taking a maternity leave, which is how she was able to get her start as a radio news anchor for The World at One and The World this Weekend.
She split her time between London and her Warwickshire home once her interim contract was extended to a permanent one. She conducted interviews with celebrities like Stirling Moss and Tallulah Bankhead, but her focus was on contemporary social issues. One time, she interviewed Cliff Richard for the full duration before realizing her tape recorder wasn’t working. He was quite polite and let her try it again.
She began her television career in 1968, while still employed by the BBC, on Londoners for Rediffusion (later LWT). She worked six days a week for the London network and the BBC for six months. She was taken on by ATV in 1970.
Wendy Squires Children
She took time off in 1981 at the age of 39 to give birth to her child, and she later came back to show Central Post when ATV rebranded as Central. Then, in 1982, while on vacation, she started to abruptly lose her hair. In just a few weeks, she had lost about 90% of her lush, dark curls; alopecia areata, a disorder that was not well-known at the time, was the cause of her loss.
Wendy Squires Health Challenge
This devastated a woman who worked in television. The physicians warned Wendy Jones that there was no guarantee that the condition would return and that there was no treatment. She continued to host Central Post for a while while hiding her baldness with a wig. However, she also made the decision to learn everything she could about the illness and started Hairline, a support group for other victims.
She received letters from ladies all over the world—up to 400 a week at times—and shared her tale in women’s magazines and newspapers. She wrote a book titled Coping with Sudden Hair Loss (1988) under the pen name Elizabeth Steel to set herself apart from her television persona.
Wendy Squires Husband
Wendy Squires, who had been suffering from cancer, is survived by her husband, Richard Squires, whom she married in 1962, and their daughter.
Wendy Squires Date of Death
Born June 8, 1942, Wendy Squires passed away November 14, 2011.