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Elaine Paige

1948-03-05 Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, UK

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Elaine Jill Paige OBE (née Bickerstaff; born 5 March 1948) is an English singer and actress, best known for her work in musical theatre. Raised in Barnet, Hertfordshire, Paige attended the Aida Foster Theatre School, making her first professional appearance on stage in 1964, at the age of 16. Her appearance in the 1968 production of Hair marked her West End debut. Following a number of roles over the next decade, Paige was selected to play Eva Perón in the first production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita in 1978, which brought her to the attention of the broader public. For this role, she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Performance of the Year in a musical. She originated the role of Grizabella in Cats and had a Top 10 hit with "Memory", a song from the show. In 1985, Paige released "I Know Him So Well" with Barbara Dickson from the musical Chess, which remains the biggest-selling record by a female duo. She then appeared in the original stage production of Chess, followed by a starring role in Anything Goes which she also co-produced. Paige made her Broadway debut in Sunset Boulevard in 1996, playing the lead role of Norma Desmond, to critical acclaim. She appeared in The King and I from 2000 to 2001, and six years later she returned to the West End stage in The Drowsy Chaperone. She has also worked sporadically in television. In addition to being nominated for five Laurence Olivier Awards, Paige has won many other awards for her theatre roles and has been called the First Lady of British Musical Theatre due to her skill and longevity. She has released 22 solo albums, of which eight were consecutively certified gold and another four multi-platinum. Paige is also featured on seven cast albums and has sung in concerts across the world. Since 2004 she has hosted her own show on BBC Radio 2 called Elaine Paige on Sunday. In 2014, Paige celebrated her 50 years in show business. Paige announced on her official website a "Farewell" concert tour and a new career-spanning album The Ultimate Collection to mark this milestone in her career. Outside of her work in musical theatre, Paige is a vice-president of The Children's Trust, a UK charity for children with brain injury. Elaine Jill Bickerstaff was born and raised in Barnet, Hertfordshire, where her father Eric worked as an estate agent and her mother Irene was a milliner. Her mother had been a singer in her youth, and her father was an amateur drummer. Paige stands at just under 5 feet (1.5 m) tall, which she says has caused her to lose out on leading roles. Her original ambition was to become a professional tennis player, at which point her headmistress pointed out to her "they'd never see you over the net", but Paige continued to play tennis and has referred to the sport as one of her passions. ... Source: Article "Elaine Paige" from Wikipedia in English, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.


Show Tunes at the BBC Herself 2024-01-27
Elaine Paige at the BBC Self 2022-01-29
Musicals: The Greatest Show Self 2021-02-07
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age Self 2021-08-14
Des O'Connor: The Ultimate Entertainer Self 2020-11-23
ABBA: Super Troupe Self 2019-02-19
Evita: The Making of a Superstar Self 2018-11-24
A Midsummer Night's Dream Mistress Quince 2016-05-30
Elaine Paige: I’m Still Here Self 2015-11-06
Our Cilla Self 2015-12-25
A Closed Book Canvasser 2012-07-13
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Masterpiece Self 2001-09-30
An Audience with Cliff Richard Self 1999-11-13
Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh Grizabella 1998-11-07
Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Royal Albert Hall Celebration Self - Performer 1998-06-06
Cats Grizabella 1998-10-05
Unexplained Laughter Betty 1989-04-25
A View of Harry Clark Anne Clark 1989-03-21
Magasinet Special: Chess 1984 Self 1984-11-08
Adventures of a Plumber's Mate Daisy 1978-07-01
The One and Only Phyllis Dixey Kim 1978-11-01
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