name='stuart.scot']I know they're not really Scot's actresses, but I wanted to pay tribute to two great female entertainers.
Lena Zaveroni is for my money was potentially the most talented female singer to come out of Scotland. She first made her name at 9 on Hughie Green's Oportunity Knocks,
as the little girl with the grown up voice. She then had a hit with Ma He's Making Eyes At Me.
Lena Z as she entered her teens showed her potential as a great impressionist as well as singer. She also had a warm egaging personalty and at that stage of the came IMO was ahead in talent over her stage school pal Bonnie Langford, with whom she did an hour long spectacular. She also did a great Morcambe And Wise,
singing There's Something About You Baby I Like
. Sadly she got it into her head she was on the chubby side, this led to an eating disorder that in the end cost her, her life at 35. I remember Lena at 16 had a hit tv show, but the pressures and the eating disorder got to her and she more or less retired at that young age. There were potentially great comebacks in her 20s, like when she sang Memory
on Des O'Conner Tonight
, but sadly it didn't lead to a genuine comeback. I also think if the eating disorder hadn't have got a grip of her, Lena would have grown into a beautiful mature woman.
Lena Martell's ill health also effected her singing career, particulary when she was at her pk in the 80s. I've seen Lena M perform life at Dundee's Caird Hall and saw her in a live concert broadcast from Motherwell on BBC Scotland. Not only was Lena a great singer, but I thought her beautiful and that she showed a great sense of humour, which allowed her to get close to her audience. Lena M had a number one hit record One Day At A Time
, and also brillaintly sang songs like Nevertheless
, Make The World A Little Younger
and Without You