102-year-old nude calendar woman to appear on Leno show

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Thursday, 11.30am - Celebrity 102-year-old Nora Hardwick, of Ancaster, is one step closer to appearing on American TV show the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Thursday, 11.30am - Celebrity 102-year-old Nora Hardwick, of Ancaster, is one step closer to appearing on American TV show the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.Nora hit headlines worldwide in November after she posed for a nude calendar to raise money for the Ancaster Athletic Football Club's children's club.

Requests for TV appearances and interviews flooded in, with Jay Leno at the top of the pile.

Producers have offered to fly Nora, her son and two daughters over to the studios in America, all expenses paid, and even treat them to a few days of sight-seeing.

Son Robert believes they will appear on the show around Easter, with Nora's passport the only thing standing in the way.

He said: "I sent off forms for a passport for her and I've had forms back asking for information about her parents and grandparents. I'm having to go back to the 1800s to find it."

An original calendar girl has been in touch with Nora, and hopes to include the calendar in an exhibition.

Tricia Stewart was one of the original members of the Rylstone Women's Institute in north Yorkshire that inspired the film Calendar Girls, and she was played by Helen Mirren in the film.

Robert turned to Tricia when deciding whether his mother appearing on the Tonight Show was a good idea.

Robert said: "I asked if she could put the clock back would she go on and she said go for it, so that gave me the confidence I needed.

"I have friends in Canada and I asked about Jay Leno and the show, and they said they watch him and it's a great show."

Producers from the Graham Norton Show were turned down by Robert, who feared the presenter would ridicule his mother.

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