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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 1 April 1961Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland, UK
Birth NameSusan Magdalane Boyle
Nickname SuBo
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Susan Boyle was born on April 1, 1961 in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland as Susan Magdalane Boyle.

Trade Mark (3)

Powerful mezzo-soprano voice
An infectious laugh.
A wiggling dance.

Trivia (38)

Her debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" sold 700,000 copies in the first week. It is the biggest female debut since Billboard Soundscan started keeping track.
Her debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" set a record when it became the most advance-ordered recording in Amazon.com history.
The singer is not the only recipient of fan mail in her home. Her cat, Pebbles, also receives his share of love letters.
Boyle is the youngest of nine siblings.
A victim of bullying as a schoolgirl, Boyle recorded the Madonna / David Foster-penned song, "You'll See", the lyrics of which served as subtle rebuttal against those who victimized her. The track appeared on her first album "I Dreamed a Dream" (2009). Boyle revealed to Piers Morgan that many of her childhood bullies have since apologized and reconciled with her.
A biographical musical titled "I Dreamed a Dream" opened at Newcastle's Theatre Royal (UK) featuring Elaine C. Smith as Boyle (23 March 2012).
Cited Elaine Paige as the singer she'd most like to emulate when asked by Simon Cowell the night she wowed the Britain's Got Talent: Episode #3.1 (2009) audience with her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical "Les Misérables".
Has been a fan of Donny Osmond since she was a young girl.
Her cat Pebbles is almost as big a celebrity as she is.
Almost married a man called John.
Found a stalker in her home, a middle-aged American woman. Simon Cowell ordered extra security from Edinburgh for the shaken Boyle.
A patchwork quilt stitched together from hundreds in 28 countries was presented to her. She burst into tears, cradled her face and sucked on her thumb. Some said it was stress, a joke on her part, or she was deeply touched.
Regrets that her parents never lived long enough to see her success.
Awarded a triple platinum record for selling a million copies of I Dreamed a Dream.
Likes to work with her idols, e.g. Elaine Paige. They did a duet on 13th December, 2009, and performed "I Know Him So Well". Paige had long expressed an interest to duet with Boyle. 10 million viewers tuned in to see it, and it was the highest rated TV special in the US.
She now has a PA (personal assistant) and a housekeeper who keeps Pebbles (her cat) company while she's away.
A 30,000 pound statue of Susan Boyle was erected in her hometown of Blackburn.
One of her favourite songs is "Wild Horses". She described listening to it as an emotional release. That goes for singing too, which helped her to escape all her problems. She performed "Wild Horses" live when she appeared on America's Got Talent (2006), broadcast to 25 million people, the largest audience of the night. The performance was pre-recorded the night before which is why she was rooted to the spot, according to witnesses.
She first heard I Dreamed a Dream in Edinburgh.
Declined an invite to the Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington DC because she felt nervous about appearing in front of so many celebrities.
Inherited her singing ability from her late father, who fought in World War II.
During childbirth, she was left with learning difficulties due to lack of oxygen to the brain.
Only ever held down one job in her life before becoming a professional singer; she was a trainee cook in the kitchens of West Lothian College. She had a six-month contract with them. Before stardom, Boyle spent her days mostly unemployed, doing shopping, housework, working as a church volunteer and visiting siblings.
Dined with the Prime Minister.
South Park (1997) are rare naysayers of Boyle's, and once did a satirical spoof about her.
To get to the audition that made her a star, she took six different buses.
Boyle's flight to Heathrow for voice lessons was her first flight in eight years.
The most successful act to emerge from Britain's Got Talent (2009), she managed to crack the US in eight days.
3000 people watched Boyle's performance of I Dreamed a Dream at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow for Britain's Got Talent (2009) on January 21st. She almost went on in a football strip instead of a dress. Her audition was broadcast to 11 million viewers on 11th April, 2009. The audition boosted sales of Les Miserables, some claiming her performance of I Dreamed a Dream is one of the best ever, and even eclipsed her idol Elaine Paige's performance of it.
Her Britain's Got Talent (2009) number was 43212.
It was seven weeks between Boyle's star-making audition and the final of Britain's Got Talent (2009). After she came in second, she then checked into Priory, the (psych) clinic of the stars, on June 1st. Kate Moss was a patient there. Boyle claimed it was because of tiredness, but witnesses felt she was cracking up under the strain of her sudden fame, e.g. talking to herself, leaving phone messages for her cat, imaginary friends, etc. She had to do her shopping with a doctor. Simon Cowell contacted her at the Priory and assured her that her career was still waiting for her. She left Priory after five days.
The first thing she did with her earnings was to buy her £80,000 four-bedroom council house. It had been rented to the family for 50 years and she still slept in the same room. She then spent some of it on a new fridge and a three-piece-suite.
U2's financial wizard Ossie Kilkenny agreed to mastermind her career.
Boyle's first performance of I Dreamed a Dream lasted for two minutes and 25 seconds. When the clip arrived on Youtube, 1,100,000 watched it in the same day. She became an Internet phenomenon within three days, after it had been seen by 3.5 million people, and a global superstar within five days. 26 million people had seen it at the end of the week. Globally, it was the most watched clip that week. 120 million people saw it after the second week, outdistancing The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) trailer by 90 million views. By the time of the final, 220 million had seen the clip. She is the most hit upon Youtube phenomenon of all time, and the most Googled lady on Earth.
A huge fan of the song Puppy Love, as well as Grease (1978), Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. She's also a fan of Donny Osmond, and still has posters of him on her bedroom wall left over from her childhood. He was greatly impressed with her star-making audition, and was honoured she used his songs to learn how to sing. She also likes to listen to Michael Bublé, Elton John and anybody who can make a good record.
After her mother's death in 2007, she didn't sing anything for two years. Her mother was the one who recommended she try out for Britain's Got Talent (2007) but Boyle lost her nerve at the last minute.
She hoped to win Britain's Got Talent (2009) as a tribute to her late mother.
Every American chat show host from Larry King to Oprah Winfrey wanted to interview Boyle after she became famous. She gave over 60 interviews in a week after her star-making audition, all from her own home. When a camera crew filmed her house for The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) they took a break so she could have a nap. Her status as a celebrity was confirmed after she was interviewed by OK! Apparently you're not officially a celebrity until you're interviewed by either OK! or Hello!.

Personal Quotes (56)

To anyone who has a dream, I say follow that dream. You re never too old. It is never too late.
I can be up and down like a yo-yo.
I like to think that people who dare to dream can have that dream come true through their own determination.
[her mother] I know she would have been proud of me.
I've grown up a bit.
The only dream my Dad had, of becoming a singer, is coming true through me - so I think he'd be proud!
[David Hasselhoff] He's a nice, wee hunk.
I am the happiest I've ever been and truly enjoying myself.
Have I found, reached or achieved my dream? Well, everybody never completely fulfills their dream. My dream is to make people happy and to go on making people happy for as long as it lasts, so its not really complete. Its never really complete without the fans.
I have never been accepted by the world before. Now I do feel part of it and I find it really exciting. I keep asking myself "is this really happening?" And I keep expecting someone to say "ha ha love, we're kidding!" Everyone has fears but mine is that this will all disappear. I want it to keep on going as long as possible. If it did all go away tomorrow, I know I've enjoyed every minute of living the dream now.
[her global success] All I did was open my gob and sing. I just made a noise. Everybody does it you know...
Pressure is good because it makes you work harder.
If people didn't recognize you I might end up saying "What am I doing wrong?"
People didn't want to sit next to me in class.
This is a world I'd never seen before and never dreamt I would get to see.
If Mr Right comes along and it feels right, then I'll get married.
[her success] Its the best thing that ever happened to me.
Hopefully I can show Scotland's got talent.
I'm very pro-Royal.
You should never judge a book by its cover.
[when asked why singing hadn't worked out for her in the past] I've not been given the chance before.
When I was a baby, they didn't really give me much scope. They told my parents not to expect too much of me and just to play things purely by ear because I had a slight disability. My faith got me through that. You never give up on anything really; you never give up on yourself and the people around you. Words often hurt more than cuts and bruises and the scars are still there.
I just want to thank the people of Britain for getting behind me. You've made my dreams come true.
I really feel at home on stage.
[after losing to Diversity on Britain's Got Talent 2009] The best people won.
I'm among friends...am I not?
I've been living my dream.
There's nothing worse than another person having power over you by bullying you.
[Her mother] She meant me to do something with my life.
I used to be a spectator looking out at the world and now I'm a part of that world. I'm not the wee, frightened lassie I used to be.
When you lose someone as powerful as your mother you feel as if a part of you is taken away.
When people are a wee bit slow, others pick at them.
[losing to Diversity] Sometimes its better to runner-up.
I brush up quite well.
If my mother could see me now, she'd tell me to keep going.
I had to get out there and prove to everybody I could do it. Its been like a demolition ball.
I've led a sheltered life.
[Her first words at her audition] My name is Susan Boyle.
I was a wee bit slower at picking up things than other people. So you get left behind in a system that just wants to rush on, you know?
I have my faith which is the backbone of who I am really.
Never been married. Never been kissed. Shame, but that's not an advert.
[before singing I Dreamed a Dream in 2009] I'm gonna make that audience rock.
[after performing I Dreamed a Dream on Britain's Got Talent 2009] Bloody fantastic!
I've had crushes but never been in love. The only thing I regret is not having children.
[to the people who used to bully her when she was a little girl] I've got the last laugh.
I look like a garage.
I'll get used to the fame side of things with baby steps - one step at a time.
Appearance is not everything - I'm happy with the way I look.
[thinking back on her star-making audition] I can hardly remember what happened on the night as I had my eyes closed most of the time. It really didn't dawn on me what was happening.
My fame is a dream come true.
I like to keep myself to myself. If you lose your identity you become something that's false and people stop believing in you. If you can't be yourself then who can you be?
I hope my Mum is proud of me now. It's all for her, my family and the people who support me.
[Youtube] Six weeks ago the only tube I knew of was a tube of Smarties.
[Her Britain's Got Talent audition] I never even thought I'd get past the judges.
In my life I have striven to prove myself, that I can be accepted, that I am not the worthless person people think I am. I have got something to offer.
I am a proud, patriotic Scot, passionate about my heritage and my country. But I am not a nationalist.

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