Pauline Peters - Biography
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