Ron and Valerie Taylor – underwater 1960s and beyond
Kathy first met The Taylor’s while making her record deep dive on compressed air, when aged not quite seventeen. They have been firm friends since, often working together on feature film projects (Age of Consent; Skippy; The Blue Lagoon).
Short version edited by John Harding in 2019 from a copy of the original Skindiving Paradise which was produced for the Queensland Government Tourist Bureau in 1965.
Filmed by Ron Taylor at Heron Island with 16mm Bolex camera and 10mm lens during perhaps three visit 1962, 63, 64, each year coinciding with the former annual divers festival held in November.
Teenage underwater model who set a world scuba depth record for women using compressed air when aged 16. Appeared in advertisements, magazine covers, TV shows and made appearances in feature films and TV series. Also a stand-in for Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon (some say 40% of the movie features Kathy)! Today lives in Queensland, Australia with her brother Jeff, and 13 cats, three dogs, two horses, two goats, many aquarium fish and 200 exotic parrots - which she breeds.
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