LYNETTE FROMME was born in California, the daughter of an aeronautical engineer. As a child, Fromme was a performer in a popular local dance group, which in the late 1950s began touring the U.S. and Europe, appearing on The Lawrence Welk TV Show and at the White House. In 1963, her family moved to a suburb of Los Angeles, and Fromme began drinking and taking drugs. Her grades dropped and an argument with her father rendered her homeless.
In 1967, Fromme went to Venice Beach, suffering from depression. Charles Manson, who had been recently released from federal prison, saw her and struck up a conversation. Fromme found Manson's philosophies and attitudes appealing, and the two became friends. She wore robes on occasion and changed her name to 'Red' to symbolize her devotion to the redwood tree salvation and Manson's new religion.
On the morning of September 5, 1975, Fromme went to Sacramento's Capitol Park (reportedly to plead with President Gerald Ford about the plight of the trees) armed with Colt semi-automatic pistol and pointed it at Ford. The pistol's magazine was loaded with four rounds, but none were in the firing chamber. She was immediately restrained. Fromme managed to say a few sentences to the on-scene cameras, emphasizing that the gun "didn't go off". Fromme subsequently said that she had deliberately ejected the cartridge in her weapon's chamber before leaving home that morning, and investigators later found the cartridge in her bathroom. She was released from prison in 2009.
Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford (September 5, 1975)
ALISON LARNDER recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music where she studied Musical Theatre. Since graduating she has been fortunate enough to sing at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Elton John in a concert to raise money for the Academy’s organ fund and has sung in the ensemble of 'Les Miserables' for a charity concert at Cadogan Hall. She has also played Princess Yasmin in 'Aladdin' at the Kings Theatre Southsea and has just returned from Holland where she performed in 'The Magic of Eurovision'.
Prior to studying at the Academy roles included: Marta in Steven Sondheim’s 'Company' at the Kings Head Theatre and C Venues, Edinburgh, Ali in 'The Gate Escape' at the Mumford Theatre Cambridge, Sally Bowles in 'Cabaret' at the Newcastle playhouse, Tzeitel in 'Fiddler on the Roof' and Emilia in 'A Winter’s Tale' at the Queen Mother Theatre.
Alison would like to thank her family for their support.