Carla Hendra Bio, Wiki
Carla Hendra was best known for being the wife of Tony Hendra, an English satirist, actor, and writer who worked mostly in the United States. Educated at St Albans School (where he was a classmate of Stephen Hawking) and at St John’s College, Cambridge, he was a member of the Cambridge University Footlights revue in 1962, alongside John Cleese, Graham Chapman, and Tim Brooke-Taylor. He is being reported to have died on March 4th, 2021 (aged 79) in Yonkers, New York, US.
Tony Hendra Marriages & Sexual Assault Allegations by her Daughter
Hendra was married twice. His first marriage, to Judith Christmas in 1964, produced two daughters and ended in an acrimonious divorce in 1985. He and his second wife, Carla, lived in New York City with their three children.
In 2004, at the time that his memoir Father Joe was achieving best-seller status, Jessica Hendra, the younger of Hendra’s two daughters from his first marriage, submitted an op-ed piece to The New York Times in which she asserted that her father failed to include in his narrative of “deliverance through faith and atonement for his failings” that he had sexually abused her as a young child. The newspaper declined to publish the piece but did assign a reporter, N. R. Kleinfield, to investigate her charges.
The New York Times published Kleinfield’s story, here, including details of the alleged acts of molestation and interviews with two of Jessica’s therapists, three friends, her mother, and her husband on 1st July 2004. All said that Jessica told them at different junctures of being molested—in her mother’s case when she was 12. A former boyfriend told Kleinfield, however, that Jessica never spoke of it during their years together, and that she was “very unstable emotionally”—adding, “I can’t believe it happened.”
Hendra responded, “I can only just categorically deny this. It’s not a new allegation. It’s simply not true, I’m afraid.” In the wake of criticism of the paper’s decision to publish the story in the absence of tangible proof, New York Times ombudsman Daniel Okrent wrote a detailed examination of the procedures followed by the editorial staff prior to publication.
While acknowledging that Kleinfield was convinced, based on information gathered during his reporting, that Jessica Hendra had indeed been molested, Okrent expressed concern over possible consequences should the charges prove to be false. Okrent posited:
“Even if the preponderant evidence indicates it’s true … doesn’t the small chance that it’s false to outweigh the value of giving readers access to the private miseries of the Hendra family? Either way, Tony Hendra will bear the scars of this article forever. People who did not write a book claiming spiritual salvation will suffer as well: his three young children from his second marriage, for instance.
In the face of this risk, what do readers of The Times (or of Father Joe) gain by believing Hendra guilty of abuse? There’s a difference between the right to know and the need to know, and in this case, the need escapes me … I don’t mean in any way to diminish the gravity of Jessica Hendra’s charges … “I can’t imagine an accusation more serious, a transgression more detestable. If her story is true, Tony Hendra deserves punishment far greater than humiliation in the pages of The Times. As an editor, the verities of the profession might have led me to publish this article. But as a reader, I wish The Times hadn’t.”
In 2005, Jessica Hendra wrote a memoir with USA Today journalist Blake Morrison, How to Cook Your Daughter, in which she repeated her accusations.
Tony Hendra Death & Cause
Hendra died Thursday of Lou Gehrig’s disease in Yonkers, NY. He was 79. Hendra’s wife Carla confirmed his death to The New York Times. The actor first was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), in 2019.
A member of the Cambridge University Footlights revue in 1961 and 1962, Hendra appeared onstage with both John Cleese and Graham Chapman, establishing himself in the new British humor scene along with those future Monty Python stars.