Petula Clark

Actor, Singer
Singer-actress Petula Clark's soaring, often soulful vocals helped to grant her one of the longest-running and most successful music careers in the history of British pop music, with over 15 Top 40 singles in the United ... Read more »
Born: 11/15/1932 in Surrey, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (24)

Showtime at the Stadium 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Princess Margaret: The Rebel Princess 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Perry Como's Olde English Christmas 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Droles de zebres 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Perry Como's Hawaiian Holiday 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Opryland U.S.A. 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Petula 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Andy Williams Special 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (02/15/71) 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1969 (Movie)

Katherine (Actor)

Portrait of Petula 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Finian's Rainbow 1968 (Movie)

Sharon McLonergan (Actor)

Petula 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Rodgers and Hart Today 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

The Runaway Bus 1954 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Promoter 1952 (Movie)

Nellie Cotterill (Actor)

Dance Hall (Movie)

Georgie Wilson (Actor)

London Town (Movie)

Peggy Sanford (Actor)

Strawberry Roan (Movie)

Emily (Actor)
Music (8)

Killing Them Softly 2012 (Movie)

("Windmills Of Your Mind") (Song Performer)

Not Fade Away 2012 (Movie)

("Downtown") (Song Performer)

Last Resort 2001 (Movie)

("Downtown" "Ciao Ciao") (Song Performer)

Drop Dead Gorgeous 1999 (Movie)

("Downtown") (Song Performer)

Simpatico 1999 (Movie)

("Games People Play") (Song Performer)

Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss 1998 (Movie)

("This Is My Song" "Happy Heart") (Song Performer)

Twin Town 1997 (Movie)

("The Other Men's Grass is Always Greener" "Downtown") (Song Performer)

Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould 1994 (Movie)

song performer "Downtown"(("Truck Stop")) (Song Performer)

Biography

Singer-actress Petula Clark's soaring, often soulful vocals helped to grant her one of the longest-running and most successful music careers in the history of British pop music, with over 15 Top 40 singles in the United States alone and scores more in her native England and throughout the world. Though Clark's signature song was the plaintive No. 1 single "Downtown" (1965), she had been a fixture on British radio and film since the early 1940s, before enjoying a modest career as a teen singer in the 1950s. A move to France in 1960 established her as a more versatile talent before she broke worldwide with "Downtown" in the midst of the British Invasion. A string of hit singles, including "I Know a Place" and "Don't Sleep in the Subway" soon followed, as did her successful return to feature films with "Finian's Rainbow" (1968) and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1969). In the 1970s, Clark shifted her attention to television and theater, where she drew rave reviews for performances in "The Sound of Music" and the 1983 Broadway run of "Blood Brothers." But her pop career continued to enchant and entertain new generations of listeners, as evidenced by new versions of "Downtown" in 1988 and 2011 that enjoyed placement in the U.K. Top 10. Clark's ebullient personality and winning way with an upbeat song preserved her status as one of England's most beloved pop performers.

Relationships

Kate Wolff

Daughter

Patrick Wolff

Son

Claude Wolff

Husband
married in June 1961 she and her husband have what Clark terms "an open marriage"

Barra Wolff

Daughter
had a well-publicized addiction to heroin in the 1980s later married and had two children

Milestones

2000

Debuted one-woman autobiographical show in Canada called "Petula Clark: This Is My Song"; show eventually filmed and aired in USA on PBS in 2001

1995

Assumed the role of Norma Desmond in the London stage musical "Sunset Boulevard"; later toured in the part until 1997

1993

Made Broadway debut in "Blood Brothers"; also toured in the show

1990

Starred in the London musical "Someone Like You"

1983

Played rare non-musical stage part in the title role of "Candida"

1982

Last feature (to date) "Never Never Land"

1981

Appeared in film "Never Never Land"

1973

Headlined the British TV variety series "The Sound of Petula"

1969

Third US TV variety special "Petula" (ABC)

1968

Co-starred with Peter O'Toole in the musicalized remake of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"

1968

Made second NBC special "Portrait of Petula"

1968

Moved to Geneva, Switzerland

1968

Hosted own special, "Petula" on NBC; created uproar when she touched Harry Belafonte's arm on national TV

1968

Was featured in the Francis Ford Coppola-directed musical film "Finian's Rainbow"

1966

Starred in BBC variety series "This Is Petula Clark"

1966

Debuted as Las Vegas headliner

1965

Appeared as a guest on "Shindig!" (ABC), singing hit single "Downtown"

1964

Became international sensation singing "Downtown"

1957

Sang at the Olympia Theatre in France

1955

Made American TV debut in a rare dramatic role in an episode of the ABC series "The Vice"

1954

Acted on stage in "The Constant Nymph"

1952

Gave Alec Guinness his first screen kiss in "The Promoter/The Card"

1950

Acted in the British feature "Dance Hall"

1949

Debut as recording artist with "Music, Music, Music"

1948

Was featured in the comedy film "Here Come the Huggetts"; appeared in two 1949 sequels, "The Huggetts Abroad" and "Vote for Huggett"

1946

First motion picture musical, "London Town/There Goes My Heart"

1943

Made film acting debut, "A Medal for the General"

1939

First performed on radio at age eight; went on to entertain British troops fighting in WWI

Put under contract by the Rank Organization

Appeared on an experimental British TV program in the 1940s

Had lead in the British production of the musical "Someone Like You"

Headlined a London revival of "The Sound of Music"

Settled in France and began making records and nightclub appearances

Reprised the role of Norma Desmond in the American tour of "Sunset Boulevard"

Bonus Trivia

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Made a Commander of the British Empire in 1997.

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On the reaction of the British press to her 1961 marriage to Frenchman Claude Wolff, Petula Clark told The Guardian (February 20, 2002): "Oh, they didn't want sexiness. Sex was definitely out. My God! Our Pet's married a foreigner and a Frenchman what's more. Don't even go there! ... our Pet was sexless or asexual anyway."

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"I have different homes. I suppose London is my slippers- type home - I feel comfortable here. Paris is more of a spiritual home. And New York is the buzz. I enjoy the competition and toughness of New York. It's like the song - if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere - and New York has always been great to me. And Geneva is a wonderful place to put your feet up and listen to ... the silence." --Clark to The Guardian, February 20, 2002.

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