Jen Brown

Jen Brown

A Hollywood based Geordie pensioner living on her wits. Affectionately known as Nano to her granddaughters. Instantly likeable. (Daughter's words!) @MmePcato


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Almost famous

Our wide-eyed LA correspondent Jen Brown spends her days surrounded by the stars of stage and screen. Imagine her thrills when she got the opportunity to become one of them. Well, sort of.
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Elevators, tour guides and iconic diarrhoea

How a tour of the LA Times building brought our Hollywood correspondent Jen Brown to her knees.
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Tipping the velvet

Shakespeare died 400 years ago but his legacy lives on even as far as LA. Jen Brown caught up with British actor Nicola Bertram to talk Othello, women playing men’s roles and suffering for her art.
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Big Bang, small part

Our Hollywood correspondent Jen Brown spent the day working as an extra on a special episode of The Big Bang Theory. She was pretty excited (but not too much to keep a diary for us). Bazinga!
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Hotel California

As our week-long look at unusual living situations continues, Jen Brown raises a cocktail glass to her extraordinary apartment complex home: a place laden with kitsch and showbiz nostalgia and where, if you listen closely enough, “you can hear ghosts breathe.”
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Self-Helpless

Q. When is a self-help classic not a self-help classic? A. When it’s Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, a “neat parcel of shit” seemingly determined to send former fan Jen Brown’s blood pressure through the roof.
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Fighting fits

As National Epilepsy Week gets underway, Jen Brown tells Standard Issue how, since her first seizure as a teenager, she has fought to find the fun amongst the fits.
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Tribute to a Mam

From her fondness for ballads to her way with a sausage, Jen Brown celebrates the things that made her Mam her Mam.
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School daze

When the recently retired Jen Brown volunteered to work at a mission school in Kansas, she found herself adrift in a world of worry, snow and out-of-date mashed potato.
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Fighty, flighty, or change your nightie?

When the window blinds started to rattle, Jen Brown’s nightie was the last thing on her mind. Then it became more important to her than life itself and she can’t help wondering why.