Elaine Paige Bio - Biography

Name Elaine Paige
Naionality English
Date of Birth 5-March-1948
Place of Birth Barnet, London, England
Famous for Acting
Elaine Paige is an English singer and actress best known for her work in musical theatre. Raised in Barnet, North London, Paige attended the Aida Foster stage 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 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 went on to originate 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. 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. 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. She is commonly called the First Lady of British Musical Theatre due to her skill and longevity.

In the 1980 ITV drama series, "Lady Killers", Paige played convicted murderer Kate Webster. In 1981 in "Tales of the Unexpected" - The Way to Do it - Paige plays Suzie, a girl working in a small casino trying to keep guests happy and finally eloping with the main character.

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