Petula CLARK (1932-)

Petula Clark
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Petula Clark, singer and actress, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews during an awards ceremony for TVTimes magazine at the ABC Television Studios in Borehamwood.

Petula established herself as a child performer during the Second World War, and later would achieve success as a recording artist during the 1950s.

The enormous success of the single Downtown in 1964 led to an international career, with a series of popular upbeat hits, such as Colour My World and Don’t Sleep in the Subway.

Through the late 1960s and early 1970s Petula toured across the US and Europe, made several television specials and revived her film career, in films such as Finian’s Rainbow and Goodbye Mr Chips.

Petula was previously honoured by This Is Your Life in 1964 and would be honoured again in 1996 – the only subject to receive the tribute three times.

Photographs of Petula Clark This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 413
  • Subject No: second timer
  • Broadcast date: Wed 30 Apr 1975
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Tue 15 Apr 1975
  • Venue: ATV Studios, Borehamwood
  • Series: 15
  • Edition: 26
  • Code Name: Paris

on the guest list...

  • Jimmy Tarbuck
  • Noele Gordon
  • Val Doonican
  • Diana Coupland
  • Gordon Jackson
  • Claude Wolff - husband
  • Leslie Clark - father
  • Ann Clark – step-mother
  • Malcolm Clark - brother
  • Christopher Clark - brother
  • Barbara Clark - sister
  • Catherine Wolffe - daughter
  • Barbara Wolffe - daughter
  • Cecil Madden
  • James Hayter
  • Kathleen Harrison
  • Jack Warner
  • Mai Zetterling
  • Jimmy Young
  • Alan Freeman
  • Tony Hatch
  • Jackie Trent
  • Peter Ustinov
  • Charles Aznavour
  • Patrick – son
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Harry Secombe
  • Karen Carpenter
  • Richard Carpenter
  • Sacha Distel

external links...

production team...

  • Researcher:
  • Writer:
  • Director: Robert Reed
  • Producer: Jack Crawshaw
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 15 subjects: Jack Ashley > John Conteh > Jack Howarth > Chay Blyth > Bill Maynard > Richard O'Sullivan > Dick Francis > Arthur Askey > Jean Kent > Geoff Love > Ray Cooney > Queenie Watts > Harry Johnson > Leonard Rossiter > John Hanson > Denis Law > Ted Ray > Peter Butterworth > Nina Baden-Semper > Dickie Davies > Moira Anderson > Precious McKenzie > Mollie Sugden > Michael Bates > Willie John McBride > Petula Clark > Garfield Sobers