Elaine Paige

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Elaine Paige (born Elaine Jill Bickerstaff, 5 March 1948) is an English singer and actress, best known for her work in musical theatre.wikipedia
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Grizabella

She originated the role of Grizabella in Cats and had a Top 10 hit with "Memory", a song from the show.
The role was originated by Elaine Paige in the West End in 1981, and by Betty Buckley on Broadway in 1982.

Elaine Paige: The Ultimate Collection

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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.
The Ultimate Collection is a compilation album from Elaine Paige, released on 12 May 2014 by Rhino UK/Warner Music UK to celebrate her '50th Anniversary' in show-business.

Elaine Paige on Sunday

Since 2004 she has hosted her own show on BBC Radio 2 called Elaine Paige on Sunday.
Elaine Paige on Sunday (often referred to on air as EPOS) is a British radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 2, that is hosted by the actress and singer Elaine Paige.

Sunset Boulevard (musical)

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Paige made her Broadway debut in Sunset Boulevard in 1996, playing the lead role of Norma Desmond, to critical acclaim.
An early version of "With One Look", then titled "Just One Glance", was performed by Elaine Paige at Lloyd Webber's 1991 wedding.

Chess (musical)

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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.
The album featured Murray Head, Tommy Körberg, Elaine Paige, and noted actor Denis Quilley in the role of Molokov.

Evita (musical)

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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.
Elaine Paige played Eva with David Essex as Che, Joss Ackland as Perón, and Siobhán McCarthy as Mistress.

Hair (musical)

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Her appearance in the 1968 production of Hair marked her West End debut.
The original London tribe included Sonja Kristina, Peter Straker, Paul Nicholas, Melba Moore, Annabel Leventon, Elaine Paige, Paul Korda, Marsha Hunt, Floella Benjamin, Alex Harvey, Oliver Tobias, Richard O'Brien and Tim Curry.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

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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.
The song "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" became a hit single and the musical was staged at the West End's Prince Edward Theatre in a production directed by Harold Prince and starring Elaine Paige in the title role.

Anything Goes

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She then appeared in the original stage production of Chess, followed by a starring role in Anything Goes which she also co-produced.
Elaine Paige, a British actress and singer, heard of the success of the 1987 Broadway production, and made sure to attend a performance.

The Drowsy Chaperone

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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.
A largely British cast, including Elaine Paige – making her return to the West End after six years – John Partridge and Summer Strallen joined the show’s co-author Bob Martin recreating his Broadway role of "Man in Chair."

Stages (Elaine Paige album)

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Her albums, Stages (1983), and Cinema (1984), rejoined the cast recording of Chess in the UK top 40 chart, giving her three consecutive successful albums.
Stages is an album by Elaine Paige, released in 1983 on the Warner Music and K-tel labels and has been re-issued on CD.

Cinema (Elaine Paige album)

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Her albums, Stages (1983), and Cinema (1984), rejoined the cast recording of Chess in the UK top 40 chart, giving her three consecutive successful albums.
Cinema is the fourth solo album by Elaine Paige.

Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical

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From 1986 to 1987, Paige appeared as Florence in the stage production of Chess, a role that earned her a second Olivier Award nomination, this time in the category, Best Actress in a Musical.
The 1977 winner was Anna Sharkey for Maggie, while in 1978 it was won by Elaine Paige for Evita.

The King and I

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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.
The cast included Elaine Paige as Anna and Jason Scott Lee as the King, with Sean Ghazi as Luan Tha and Ho Yi as the Kralahome.

Memory (Cats song)

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She originated the role of Grizabella in Cats and had a Top 10 hit with "Memory", a song from the show.
Elaine Paige originated the role of Grizabella in the West End production of Cats, and was thus the first to perform the song publicly on stage.

I'm a Train

In 1968 she appeared on record as a member of the vocal group Colors of Love, who released three Albert Hammond & Mike Hazlewood-penned singles, most notably "I'm a Train", on Larry Page's Page One label under the supervision of Alan Moorhouse.
The first English version was recorded in 1968 by a UK group called Colors of Love, which included singer Elaine Paige.

BBC Radio 2

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Since 2004 she has hosted her own show on BBC Radio 2 called Elaine Paige on Sunday.

Grease (musical)

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She also appeared as an urchin in the West End's Oliver! Over the next decade, she played roles in various musicals, including Jesus Christ Superstar; Nuts; Grease, in which she played the lead role of Sandy from 1973 to 1974; Billy, from 1974 to 1975 playing Rita; and The Boyfriend, as Maisie (1975–1976).
Later Paul Nicholas and Elaine Paige, who had been in the London production of Hair, took over the leads.

Barbara Dickson

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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.
Dickson's songs on the album included "I Know Him So Well", a duet sung with Elaine Paige.

The Children's Trust

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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.
The Children's Trust's celebrity Ambassadors include David Walliams Richard Hammond, Phil Tufnell, Michael Aspel OBE, Amanda Burton, Dame Joan Collins, Elaine Paige OBE, Holly Valance, Sophia Warner, Nicholas Owen and Jacqueline Gold.

Piaf (album)

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She subsequently released an album, titled Piaf, containing Édith Piaf songs.
Piaf is the title of an album released by Elaine Paige in 1994.

Aida Foster Theatre School

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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.

The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd

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Paige's first professional appearance on stage was during the UK tour of the Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd in 1964, playing the role of a Chinese urchin.
Cocky was played by Norman Wisdom; Sir by Willoughby Goddard; The Kid by Sally Smith; The Girl by Dilys Watling; The Negro by Cy Grant; Elaine Paige made her first professional appearance on stage in the chorus.

Judi Dench

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She took on the role late in the rehearsal process when the actress Judi Dench had to withdraw due to a torn Achilles tendon.
In 1981, Dench was due to play Grizabella in the original production of Cats, but was forced to pull out due to a torn Achilles tendon, leaving Elaine Paige to play the role.

Cats (1998 film)

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She reprised the role of Grizabella for the video release of Cats in 1998, one of only two performers in the film from the original London cast; the other was Susan Jane Tanner as Jellylorum.
Among the cast were Elaine Paige and Susan Jane Tanner who originated the roles of Grizabella and Jellylorum in the West End respectively, and Ken Page who originated the role of Old Deuteronomy on Broadway.