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Overview (4)

Born in Southwark, London, England, UK
Died in London, England, UK  (brain hemorrhage)
Birth NameLynsey Monckton Rubin
Height 5' (1.52 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Trained in classical music, London-born pianist Lynsey de Paul entered art college and turned her hand to designing album sleeves as a means to boost her income. This awakened her interest in songwriting and some of her first tunes were recorded by other artists in 1971. In 1972, after co-writing her first hit single for The Fortunes ("Storm in a Teacup"), Lynsey emerged as a performer in her own right with hit single "Sugar Me". Success as a singer-songwriter was consolidated with a run of hit singles and four albums, including representing the U.K. with Mike Moran in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest with the song, "Rock Bottom", which came second. In 1973, Lynsey was the first women to win an Ivor Novello award for "Won't Somebody Dance With Me", a feat she repeated again in 1974 for the TV theme "No Honestly". Ever busy, she also wrote a number of hits for other artists in the 70s and 80s. Lynsey was oft to be seen on a variety of UK TV shows, particularly during the 70s, displaying her varied talents and so it was inevitable that she would turn to acting. She has appeared on stage in the thriller "Shriek" and the musical "Pump Boys and Dinettes" as well as in the film Gabrielle and the Doodleman (1984) and the TV drama The Starlight Ballroom (1983). More recently, she released a self-defense video for women, titled Taking Control (1992). She was well known for her stance on animal rights and her support for Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party, composing "Vote Tory, Tory, Tory for election glory", which she performed at the 1983 Conservative Party conference.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: bs@kabsi.at

Trade Mark (2)

Large blue eyes and long beautiful blonde hair
Beauty spot above her lip, right hand side of her face

Trivia (33)

On her fifth album, "Tigers and Fireflies", released in 1979, there are two tracks co-written with the actor James Coburn ("Melancholy Melon" and "Losin' the Blues for You") who was her partner at the time.
The sound track to All This and World War II (1976) features her version of The Beatles song "Because" and was also released on the album that accompanied this film. This is the only song written by another artist that Lynsey has recorded (Lynsey prefers to record only her own songs).
Ms de Paul is credited as the co-writer of the song "Dedicated" that appears on rap artist Buddha Monk's album "The Prophecy". This unlikely coupling came about as a result of "Dedicated" being based on a song, Lynsey wrote called "All I Am", with new text being supplied by Buddha Monk.
In 1981 she released a single that was co-written with Sue Shifrin, entitled "Strange Changes".
As a continuation to her video Taking Control (1992) and her BBC TV documentary Eve Strikes Back (1992), Lynsey, together with TV producer Claire McCormack wrote a book "Taking Control". The book expands on the advice given in the video about mental and physical self defence and was published by Boxtree in 1993.
Lynsey was present at Patti Boulaye's charity "Support for Africa 2000." held at Abuja House, home of Nigerian High Commissioner Prince Bola Ajibola. Other guests included Hot Chocolate's Errol Brown and operatic singer Russell Watson.
Some of Lynsey's earliest songs appear on an album from actor Jack Wild called "Everything's Coming Up Roses".
Appeared at the London Palladium for successful, one week show with Sacha Distel, Marti Caine and Mike Reid in 1976.
Lynsey was the first woman to ever receive an Ivor Novello Award for Best Ballad or Romantic Song for her composition "Won't Somebody Dance With Me" in 1973. One year later, Lynsey received a second Ivor Novello Award for Best Theme from a Film, Stage, Radio or Televison Production for her song "No Honestly!".
Lynsey was one of the guests appearing on the 10th anniversary episode of Top of the Pops (1964) in 1974.
Received "Rear of the Year" award in 1985 - accepted this award by thanking the organisers "from the heart of my bottom" (quote).
Royal Television Society Award winner for her BBC TV programme, Eve Strikes Back (1992).
The inspiration for the name of the U.S. group "Love Bomb" came from the Lynsey De Paul song.
She is a celebrity friend of the "Support for Africa" charity, along with Craig David, Russell Watson,John Fashanu, Simon Callow and Uri Geller. The organisation, which has the aim of preventing the spread of AIDS and malaria in Africa is headed by 'Patti Boulaye'.
Comedian Spike Milligan wrote a song for her in 1987. This is not the first time that she has been the subject of a song - former boyfriend 'Roy Wood' wrote two songs in her honour, "Rock 'n' Roll Winter" and "Why Does Such a Pretty Girl Sing Such Sad Songs" in 1974.
She wrote a chapter about her close friend Spike Milligan in the recent book "Spike Milligan: His Part In Our Lives". She tells how she came to know him as well as some memories and anecdotes about this well-known and respected British humorist.
Her former managers have included Don Arden, father of Sharon Osbourne, and Justin de Villeneuve, former manager of Twiggy.
In Patrick McCabe's book "Breakfast on Pluto", about the life of a gender confused Irish teenager in the 1970's, she has a chapter named after her. Another chapter, called "Dancing on a Saturday Night" quotes the lyrics from this well known Lynsey De Paul song.
Was impersonated by Jackie Wright on The Benny Hill Show (1969)
Lynsey was one of the 60 celebrities chosen by British quality newspaper "The Independent" to choose her all-time favorite single. She chose "Love Came to Me" by Dion DiMucci(1962) and said "It was a really good pop record of its time. Certain songs have emotional associations in one's life. This was almost a coming of age".
Received Gold Badge Award of Merit in 2005, presented by BASCA in association with PRS for Music at the Savoy in London, for her contribution to the music industry.
Lynsey has been selected as a member of the UK jury for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.
Lynsey's Vintage Love Songs will be transmitted from late February 2011 on Vintage TV [February 2011]
In 2013, Cherry Red Records released two double CDs containing most of Lynsey's major recording output from the 70's. It includes the hit singles, B-sides and many album tracks and showcases her versatility as a singer-songwriter plus two booklets where Lynsey describes the inspiration for some of her songs and interesting facts and experiences from her career in music.
The film Side by Side (1975), the theme song for which was written by Lynsey de Paul and Barry Blue was released on DVD in 2013.
Lynsey was a special guest of BBC Radio 2 D.J. Ken Bruce for his "Tracks of My Years" spot in March 2013. She chose songs by John Lennon, R. Kelly, Annie Lennox and The Fortunes.
Since 2013, Lynsey is often an invited guest on The Simon Lederman Show on BBC Radio London where she discusses and comments on the latest news.
Attendees at her funeral included friends, Suzi Quatro, actor Tom Conti, spouses Pauline Collins and John Alderton, Esther Rantzen, Mike Batt, broadcaster Henry Kelly, BBC Radio presenter Ed Stewart, etc. (Hendon, North London, UK).
Never married nor had any children.
On her death, Sharon Osbourne said "So saddened to hear about the death of Lynsey De Paul today. I spent a lot of the 70s with Lynsey working together and as friends. We moved to La together and had many laughs, good times, drama and tears.".
On 16th June 2015, the Performing Rights Society (PRS) Music Foundation together with PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund announced the launch of the Lynsey De Paul Prize. Recognizing Lynsey's passion for helping young women in to the music industry, this career-developing prize has been set up to help emerging female singer-songwriters. It is being run by PRS for Music Foundation, the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development.
Lynsey was a special guest and also guest singer on the BBC radio program "The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show" on 2nd March 1975.
Lynsey was a guest taking part in the "The Radio London Second Birthday Show", together with Kris Kristofferson, Diana Rigg, Barbara Windsor and Ben Thomas on 6th October 1972.

Personal Quotes (2)

Possibly the single most damaging belief held by women is that they are the weaker sex.
The first time I realised that I was small was at a school sports day. I was in a race and ran right under the finishing line.

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