Barbados-raised Actress’ father’s ashes to be scattered on Bajan polo field: Minnie Driver’s dad was Polo addict
Last time I saw UK actress Minnie Driver in Barbados (that I know about) was about 1999 at Pavilion Court Hastings, when she appeared to be a patient of Florenz Maasenblau downstairs of me.
This was a Dutch guy who was into all sorts of Alternative Medicine, he encouraged his partner (a white Bajan gal by name of Cathy Shearns, I think) to use the Russian method of water-birth with a doula (Russian mid-wife). My intersection with a portion of his days could be a huge chunk of an autobiography, but really the focus is on Minnie Driver who grew up in Barbados and now her dad passed away it seems he wants to stay here permanently, according to the Daily Mail;-
Minnie and her elder sister, Kate, 40, whose existence Ronnie, 87, managed to keep from his first wife for years, were all able to say a last goodbye to Driver before he died.
Also at the former insurance mogul’s bedside at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital were Minnie’s and Kate’s mother, Gaynor Millington, his widow Misty, their son Charles, 24, and his eldest daughter, Susan, by his first wife, Annie.
Misty, who has cared for him since he suffered a stroke nearly four years ago, tells me: ‘We are all great friends. Everyone supports each other in the family. Ronnie wanted his ashes to be scattered on the polo field next to his house in Barbados.’
Unconventional Ronnie installed former model Gaynor in a Mayfair apartment and divided his time between her and his then wife, who was unaware of the situation.
The scales dropped from her eyes, however, when an acquaintance at a Windsor polo match remarked to her daughter, Susan: ‘How delightful to see the family all together – you and your half-sisters.’
Not surprisingly, Annie divorced him soon afterwards, but Gaynor and Driver never married.