Happy Birthday Petula Clark
Petula Clark was born on this day in 1932 in Epsom, Surrey, England – part of the greater London metropolitan area. Her father, Leslie, was responsible for her unique first name, which he joked was a combination of his former girlfriends, Pet and Ulla. She showed her singing talents at an early age – impersonating Carmen Miranda and Vera Lynn for family and friends – but became determined to be an actress after her dad took her to see a production of Mary Todd at age 6.
Petula would get her chance to be an actress, but she gained fame for her singing talents first. While she was attending a 1942 BBC radio show with her father, a producer asked for a performer to settle the audience, because air raid sirens had just gone off. Petula volunteered to sing "Mighty Lak' a Rose" and got a huge reaction from the crowd. more on this story
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