Mostly Credited As: Lynne Perrie
Birth Name: Jean Dudley
Date Of Birth: April 07, 1931 (Age 74)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Rotherham, Yorkshire, England
Date Of Death: March 24, 2006
Cause Of Death: stroke
Yorkshire based entertainer Lynne Perrie started her showbusiness career as a singer and comedian on the local cabaret circuit.
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s she performed in France, Germany, South Africa and the United States. At her peak in 1964, she sang on the long-running television programme The Good Old Days and supported the Beatles for twelve concerts.
In 1969 she landed her first acting role as Mrs. Casper in Ken Loach's classic film Kes. This led to roles in many popular television programmes of the day including Crown Court, The Cuckoo Waltz and the cult children's serials Follyfoot and The Intruder. She also played Mrs. Petty in the successful ITV sitcom Queenie's Castle, alongside the iconic British actress Diana Dors. Perrie's performance in Colin Welland's gritty BBC factory drama Leeds United won her critical acclaim.
Perrie is best known for her 23 years in Coronation Street, where she appeared as Ivy Tilsley/Brennan from 1971-1994.
After leaving the show, Perroe returned to the stage and made appearances on various chat shows (notably on Channel 4's The Word where she sang "I Will Survive."). Her autobiography, Secrets Of The Street became a bestseller when it was published in 1994. A year later, she starred in her own soft porn video titled Lynne Perrie's Alternative Workout. Shortly before retiring, the fading star was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary, The Ghost Of Ivy Tilsley in 1996.
In retirement, she suffered a series of health problems and in 2001, was rushed into hospital after suffering a heart attack. Two years later, Perrie claimed that her health had improved and that she planned a comeback. But, in keeping with what friends thought of as her manic depressive character, it did not happen. She spent her final years as a celebrity bingo caller in Blackpool.
Lynne Perrie born 7 April 1931, died on 24 March 2006 following a stroke. Her son Stephen and husband Derrick outlive her.
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Was the elder sister of actor and comedian Duggie Brown.
Was known as 'Little Miss Dynamite' due to her vibrant personality.
Had a cameo in the John Schlesinger directed movie Yanks (1979). When a girl pushed forward shouting that she was pregnant, Lynne was called on to retort: "So's half the bloody town, love." This was her only line in the film and was used in all the reviews.
Was a supporter of British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. She said of her in her book Secrets Of The Street: "A great leader and a proper prime minister, the best we've had in my lifetime."
Co-presented a six part health programme for BBC television called Fight Cancer in 1989.
Was written out of Coronation Street in March 1994 following her decision to have lip implants without consulting her bosses, the results were unflattering. In 2003, she was interviewed about the infamous surgery on an ITV programme, Facelifts From Hell.
Was ridiculed on BBC2's quiz show Shooting Stars after appearing drunk live on the air in 1996.
Perrie was one of the special guests in an episode of the long-running Harry Hill's Fruit Corner radio show back in 1997.
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