Elaine Paige (born 1948) 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 and made her first professional appearance on
stage in 1964. 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. The role won her 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
with Barbara Dickson from the musical Chess, which remains the
biggest-selling record by a female duo, according to the Guinness Book of
Records. She has also worked in film and 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. She has released 20 solo albums, of which eight were consecutively
certified gold and another four multi-platinum. Since 2004 she has hosted
her own show on BBC Radio 2 called Elaine Paige on Sunday.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Milan's Biblioteca Ambrosiana opened its reading room to the public,
becoming the second public library in Europe.
The Holocaust: The SS began killing operations at the Chelmno extermination
camp in Poland, the first Nazi extermination camp to kill the Jews of the
Ghetto Litzmannstadt and the Warthegau by poison gas.
Former Beatle John Lennon was fatally shot in the entrance hallway of the
Dakota apartments in New York City.
Leaders of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine signed the Belavezha Accords,
agreeing to dissolve the Soviet Union and establish the Commonwealth of
Twelve South American countries signed the Cusco Declaration, announcing the
foundation of what is now the Union of South American Nations, an
intergovernmental union modelled after the European Union.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
pandiculate (v) To stretch oneself.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
A hero is someone who rebels or seems to rebel against the facts of
existence and seems to conquer them. Obviously that can only work at
moments. It can't be a lasting thing. That's not saying that people
shouldn't keep trying to rebel against the facts of existence. Someday, who
knows, we might conquer death, disease and war.