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Lulu (singer)
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Lulu (singer)

Lulu (real name Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie) is a Scottish singer. She was born on November 3, 1948 in Glasgow, and shot to fame at the age of fifteen with her version of "Shout", delivered in a raucous and extremely mature voice. Her backing group were called "The Luvvers", but she soon ditched them to become a mainstream solo artist.

In 1966 she made her debut as a film actress in To Sir, with Love, a British vehicle for Sidney Poitier. In the meantime, she continued with a thriving pop career and several television series of her own. In 1969, she represented Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest, and was joint winner with representatives from three other countries - there had never been a draw before, and the rules were altered to prevent it ever happening again.

In the same year, Lulu married Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees in a fairytale ceremony. Their careers forced them apart, and they divorced, childless, in 1973. Lulu then married her hairdresser, John Frieda, and remained with him for twenty years until another divorce. They had one son, Jordan Frieda.

Lulu's singing career waned, but she remained in the public eye, continuing to act. In 1987, she played Adrian Mole's mother on television, and in the 1990s she made a comeback, guesting on the cover version of the Dan Hartman song Relight My Fire, with Take That. The single reached number one in the British charts. She also appeared as herself in an episode of the hugely popular Absolutely Fabulous.

In 2000 she was awarded an MBE by the British Government. Her 2003 autobiography is called Don't Wanna Fight No More after a song she wrote for Tina Turner.

In 2002 her Gold album Together was a collection of duets with the likes of Elton John and Paul McCartney. In 2004 she released the album Back on Track and went on a UK wide tour to celebrate 40 years in the business.