Petula Clark Biography
Petula Clark has led a very successful and full life from singing to acting. She has been on Broadway for the last 20 years.
Petula Clark who also goes by the nickname of Pet, has acted in over thirty British and American films, the most memorable being "Finan’s Rainbow" starring opposite Fred Astaire and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" with Peter O’Toole. Before going into acting, Petula had a very successful singing career. It seems that she has been quiet, but on the contrary. Miss Clark has been acting on Broadway for the last 20 years. In 1999, she toured in the Andrew Lloyd Weber play "Sunset Boulevard" as Norma Desmond.
It all began for this singer turned actress on the day that she was born in Epsom, England which was on November 15, 1932. She was nine years old when she started singing songs during World War II for the troops in Piccadilly Circus. Shortly after that, she had her own radio show known as "Pet’s Parlor" on the BBC where she sang songs in English and French. Miss Clark’s popularity grew over the years to reach other countries including the United States.
In June of 1961, she married Claude Wolff at a recording studio where she was making a record in French. They have an open marriage, which seems to work well for them.
In 1964, Miss Clark received a Grammy for her number 1 hit "Downtown." All of her recordings hit the top 40 music charts. She has never stopped recording songs and in her 47-year career, she has recorded over one thousand songs.
Petula Clark is loved by all and it has been written that she is a very genuine caring person. She doesn’t believe in putting on airs and to her no matter what people do for a job, they are all the same. Miss Clark enjoys helping people and has done quite a few benefit concerts throughout her career.
In 1997, Petula Clark was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth.
Today this remarkable woman is still going strong. Although she may never have another hit, record she feels that she has lived a very full life. She is contemplating moving to New York to live with her son.