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Sarah Brightman (born 1960) is an English soprano and actress.

She was born in Berkhamstead, England, and is the oldest of six children. Her ambition to be an artist was clear from a very early age. She often took ballet lessons and was an excellent student.

In 1978 she joined the dance group Pan's People. She later went on to lead Hot Gossip, a mixed dance act who appeared regularly on The Kenny Everett Video Show. The group, who were somewhat more 'raunchy' than Pan's People, had a chart-topping disco hit in this year with I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper, wherin she first discovered her vocal talents.

In 1981, Brightman tried out for a role in the then-new musical Cats. It was there that she met her future husband, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. She won the part and the composer's heart. Lloyd Webber divorced his first wife to marry Brightman in 1984. She went on to star in a number of his musicals, including Evita, Aspects of Love, and The Phantom of the Opera which was written specifically for her. Fame as an actress came at a price, however. The theatre-goers refused to give Brightman the credit she felt she deserved, saying that the only reason for her success was that she was the wife of Lloyd Webber. This led the two to divorce in 1990, but relations have remained cordial.

Later, Brightman met her future producer and boyfriend, Frank Peterson. With Peterson's help Brightman became an international star.

Article text released under CC-BY-SA. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Sarah Brightman" (16-Jun-2004)


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