14 August 1960, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England. An actress and singer who first came to notice in 1978 when, with the dance group Hot Gossip, Brightman made the UK Top 10 with the disco pop single I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper. It was all a far cry from her childhood ambition to become a ballet dancer. Three years after her chart success, she won a part in Andrew Lloyd Webbers musical Cats, and was noticed again - this time by the composer himself - and they were married in 1984. The marriage lasted for six years, and, during that time, Brightman became established as one of the premier leading ladies of the musical theatre.
After Cats, Brightman appeared for a season at the Old Vic in Frank Dunlops 1982 adaptation of Masquerade, and later in the year she was in Charles Strouses short-lived musical Nightingale. All this time she was taking singing lessons, training her superb soprano voice so that...
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