Pauline Peters - Biography

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Name: 
Pauline Peters
Date of Birth: 
6th July 1952
Place of Birth: 
Burma
Troupe(s): 
Legs & Co
Appearances: 
TOTP
First TV appearance: 
-
Last TV appearance: 
19 March 1981 (Lately / Stevie Wonder)

 

By Gary P. Rose

Pauline Peters was born on 6th July 1952 in Burma. After leaving school, she worked in an office in London but took dance classes at night school. Wishing to pursue a career in the entertainment world, she decided to quit her secretarial job and began dancing full-time. She toured with a company for a couple of years before joining the Young Generation dance troupe. As a member of the Young Generation, she appeared in several television shows.

She was in the chorus line of several West End musicals including a seven week spell in 'Mardi Gras'. 'Mardi Gras' opened on 18th March 1975 at the Prince of Wales Theatre and ran for 212 performances. The production was composed by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, the songwriting team who had written hit songs for many international artists in the 1960's, including two UK number One hits; 'Have I the Right?' by the Honeycombs in 1964 and 'The Legend of Xanadu' by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich in 1968.

Pauline also did odd bits of television work, as a dancer, but her big break came in 1976, when she successfully auditioned for 'Top of the Pops' new dance troupe Legs & Co. Unlike the rest of Legs & Co, Pauline didn't have any formal training and hadn't studied ballet. She learned her craft at night school and also attended Saturday morning lessons whillst, at the same, holding down a full-time job. After Legs & Co, Pauline played a small roles in television series, such as "The Dick Emery Show" and "Tenko". She married in 1979 and left Legs & Co, in 1981, to take on new projects.

© G. P. Rose 2011

22 comments

Gary's picture

It says in Pauline's biography....>> She toured with a company for a couple of years before joining the Young Generation dance troupe. <<

Does anybody know the name of the company she worked for?

 

Cherry&#039;s Eyebrows's picture

According to Wikipedia, Pauline "was eventually replaced by singer and dancer Anita Mahadervan, the first Asian dancer to appear on Top of the Pops."

But Pauline is Asian too, no? She looks it, anyhow.

Paul -- Cherry, Lulu, Patti ♥♥♥

panfan's picture

I would class Burma as Asia, though sometimes it's used to mean from the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh).  Certainly the name sounds like it comes from that area.

Gary's picture

Ryan, many thanks for providing the missing birthdays.

JEZ's picture

paulines last totp apperance with legs and co was on the 19/3/81 dancing to stevie wonders song lately ,anita joined legs and her first totp apperance was on the 28/5/81 dancing to aint no stoppin us by enigma ,anita did the occassional dance with flicks new creation zoo before becoming a member of pop group toto coelo who had a hit in late 82 with i eat cannibals

TOTP FAN's picture

Was there a reason why she left Leg's & Co?

 

Dave

 

panfan's picture

I don't know a lot about Legs I'm afraid, but I hope someone more up to speed with them can answer....

Gary's picture

for more details on Anita's career, see her bio

TOTP FAN's picture

I wonder why the long gap between Pauline leaving and Anita joining Leg's and Co?

 

Dave

mickeytipp's picture

Possibly a lengthy auditions process had to take place before Anita was chosen, hence the gap between Pauline's departure and Anita's debut.......

Pan-tastic Forever!

Suefan's picture

I understand Pauline left Legs to start a family.

Gary's picture

Pauline shares the same birthday as me - 6th July (but I am slightly younger). Does any else share a birthday with one of the dancers?

mojo2007's picture

I am 4 days younger than Bebe Robson, near miss ?

gibb1962's picture

Pauline was in Tenko ? I used to like that show.Was it,i wonder,a regular,substantial role,or something brief-sadly like Gill in Minder?

Glenn

Gary's picture

Hi Glenn,

Pauline appeared in two episodes of Tenko in 1981. She played a minor character called Minah.

pattifan's picture

Hi Gary

you right, could'nt resist to have a look on youtube (Tenko s01 E02.avi)

about 13 min into the show,serving tea.

Gary's picture

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) credits Pauline as appearing in two episodes. Have you found her  second appearance on youtube too?

pattifan's picture

Hi Gary

she appears after about 1 min at the start of the show (Tenko S01 E01), AND HAS A LINEcheeky

 

Gary's picture

I've found the dates and place of Pauline's stage appearance. She appeared in 'Mardi Gras', a musical, which opened on 18th March 1975 at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London. It ran for 212 peformances and was composed by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley (see Pauline's updated biography).

The cast included Dana Gillespie (no relation to Cherry!), Nicky Henson and Soul singer Miguel Brown (who had a string of hits in the early 1980's, most notably the 'HiNRG' song 'So Many Men, So Little Time').

I'm hoping someone will find some articles / images of this production. Over to you, cornershop15!

Thanks

Trivia: Mardi Gras was directed and choreographed by Robert Arditti who, in 1958, performed in West Side Story at Her Majestys Theatre in London. One of Robert's co-stars in West Side Story was Gary Cockrell - how's that for a coincidence!

gibb1962's picture

Here's a picture of Pauline in 'Tenko' episode 2,series 1.She was only in the first two episodes of series 1.She played a servant called Minah at the house of a British colonel in Singapore.The last we see of Pauline is when the lady of the house,Marion Jefferson(played by Ann Bell), says goodbye to her before leaving for Australia on a ship.So we don't know what happens to Pauline's character.The show ran on the BBC from 1981-1984.

Image: 

Glenn

Gary's picture

and for providing the valuable information about Pauline's appearance.

Thanks again

Gary

Gary's picture

I hope you have a lovely day

Love

Gary x